US President Obama impressed by GM's hybrid Plug-in Opel Ampera.

Taking break from Nato meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, President Barack Obama checked out an Opel Ampera plug-in electric hybrid being buit at Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

He said the Ampera "is another example of GM technology that is going to have great appeal here in Europe," according to a White House pool report. "Our hope is we're going to market this all through Europe," he said.

He touted the car's quiet sound and called it the "future."

'This is a nice looking car," Obama said. He sat in the passenger seat for about three minutes and said "Fire it up" to the man in the driver's seat.

The Ampera is a five-door, four-seat will offer different trim levels from market to market.

(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Src: [The Detroit News]

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