General Motors is slated to launch its next-generation Chevrolet Volt during the second half of next year -- but the redesigned plug-in hybrid won't be heading across the Atlantic.
GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans.
The Ampera has been a slow seller since its launch in early 2012. In 2013, sales sank 40 percent, to 3,184 cars. They've decelerated further this year, plunging 67 percent through the first five months, to 332 cars.
The Volt and Ampera differ only in styling. The Ampera has a bolder front fascia and a rear-bumper cutout.
GM foreshadowed the Ampera's demise in spring 2013, when then-Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, who remains a GM director, expressed frustration about the car's lukewarm reception in Europe.
"All the governments in Europe said, 'We want EVs, we want EVs,'" Girsky said on the sidelines of the Geneva auto show that year. "We show up with one, and where is everybody?"
A GM spokesman declined to discuss future product plans.