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 |  May 07 2012, 2:15 PM

Small SUVs are heating up faster than a bunsen burner in science class and VW seems happy to provide the gas. According to German publication Handelsblatt, there will be two new models on the way that will be smaller than the Tiguan

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 |  Mar 01 2012, 5:15 PM

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Volkswagen will be bringing their hip, new Up! model to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in four concept flavors to show off its versatility. The four concepts include a Swiss Up!, Winter Up!, Orange x Up!, and Cargo Up!

The Swiss Up! concept will sport the Swiss flag’s colors and a Tornado Red paint and contrasting white mirror caps. On the inside is a white dashboard, giving it a complete color scheme fitting for the Switzerland motor show. The Winter Up! will sport a white and blue theme while carrying a pair of snowboards on the roof. And to make it a snow-friendly car, the concept has a raised ride height, underbody protection, and an ESP with an electronic differential lock.

The bright Orange x Up! is a concept for “nighttime expeditions”, according to VW and has built-in searchlights on its roof box. Lastly is the Cargo Up! which appears to be a concept that could make it into production. The rear seats have been removed for extra loading space and has a carrying capacity of almost 940 lbs. It also has extra underbody protection panels and a higher ride height to compensate for the extra weight from its cargo. A plexiglas sheet separates the driver from its cargo.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Up! Concepts

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 |  Jan 23 2012, 7:00 PM

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A showcase of compact, economic, and intelligent cabin design and ergonomics, Volkswagen reveals the 5-door version of its Up! city-car. Other than the addition of two extra doors for easier accessibility and a more conservative side profile that will further enhance rear visibility, the 5-door version is identical in wheelbase and interior dimensions. Power is available either via a 60-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine or a 75 horsepower version. Cargo space within the Up! is nearly 9 cubic feet and can be expanded to 33.6 cubic feet once the rear bench is folded down.  Volkswagen expects to see nearly half of total Up! sales made up of the five-door.

Options, trims, and configurations will be similar to those available for the 3-door hatchback. Pricing for the 5-door Up! begins at 10,325 euro in Germany, a 475 euro premium over the standard 3-door model.

First available in the European market later this year, Volkswagen has no intention of introducing the new Up! city cars in North America.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Up! 4-door Hatchback

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 |  Jan 19 2012, 3:45 PM

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Volkswagen has confirmed the development of a production version of the mini hot hatch Up! GT.

One of the many variations of the Up! concept that was unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, Volkswagen emphasized that the Up! GT will drive and perform very closely to the original Golf GTI, which Volkswagen enthusiasts were no doubt happy to hear.

Details on the Up! GT are limited but we know that it will be motivated by a turbocharged three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox, producing 110-hp. While the numbers are modest, we’re expect to see a lot of Up! GT city cars darting through city traffic in the future.

[Source: pistonheads]

 |  Sep 18 2011, 1:00 PM

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Volkswagen made a cannonball of a splash at the Frankfurt Auto Show with a premiere of six new and exciting variations of the Up! that may join to form a small car family. Make no mistake, not only is the exclamation mark a part of the car’s name, Volkswagen’s new microcar line-up exudes excitement.
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 |  Aug 22 2011, 11:45 AM

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Set to launch in December in the European market, Volkswagen‘s up! looks to be the next great small car in the segment, especially since it’s the first with City Emergency Braking. The up! features a 1.0L three-cylinder gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology and a Stop/Start system, allowing the powerplants to get 56-mpg from its 59-hp variant and 55-mpg from its 74-hp version. There is also a natural gas engine version with 67-hp and gets a combined fuel consumption of 73-mpg. Volkswagen also announced that they’re considering an electric up! for 2013.

The City Emergency Braking feature uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an imminent collision and initiating automatic brake interventions. The up! is the only vehicle in the segment to offer this technology, which becomes active automatically anytime the vehicle is going slower than 18-mph.

Much like other vehicles in the class, the up! has ample interior and cargo room despite looking so small from the outside. The unique design is further played on with the option of up! boxes such as the “kid box”, “city box” or “travel box” – each have their own functionality. The “kid box” for example was designed for parents and children and includes a bag for the small items essential to small children and a lunch box for snacks.

For the first time in a VW, the up! will also feature a maps + more system, essentially a mobile Portable Information Device. It works with the Navigation in order to provide navigation to up! drivers and simple puts all of the infotainment into one central location.

Three trim levels will be made available to the European market this December with the basic Take Up!, the mid-level Move Up! and the top-spec High Up!. These three are joined by the Up! Black and Up! White launch models. No pricing was announced for any of the up! models.

GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Up!

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 |  Jul 19 2011, 2:15 PM

Important dates for the release of the Volkswagen Up! models have been leaked. The highly anticipated city vehicle will have its world premiere on August 22 in Paris. Following the premiere, the Up! vehicle will be present at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2011, and the official release for the 3-door hatchback is scheduled for the end of 2011. The bigger 5-door hatchback will be released at the end of 2012, and the first MPV Up! and electric-powered models will be available in early 2013.

The three-door five-seater will feature a 1.0-liter gasoline engine and a 1.2-liter diesel engine, with an all-electric version to follow. The Up! will be half the size of a Volkswagen Golf and will cost around $10,000. The Up! variants will compete against the Toyota iQ and other very small compact cars.

[Source: VW Up! Blogspot]