GENEVA -- General Motors Co.'s Opel/Vauxhall unit said it will offer an eight-year warranty for the battery system on its new Ampera plug-in hybrid.
The Ampera -- a sister model to the Chevrolet Volt -- will also be sold with Opel's "lifetime guarantee" in those European countries that offer the warranty, Opel CEO Nick Reilly said at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday.
Reilly said Opel has received 3,000 pre-orders for the Ampera, which goes on sale in Europe in November priced at 42,900 euros, including 1,000 deposits from private buyers.
Other interest for the car has come from governments and fleet users, Reilly said.
With the battery warranty, GM is seeking to address fears in Europe about the durability of a new generation of largely untested lithium ion batteries.