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Volkswagen's new model, the up!, promises to combine fuel economy, space efficiency, safety features, and accessible financing options for the urban driver.
With the up!, Volkswagen hopes to shake up the small car market. At 11.6 feet long, 5.4 feet wide, and 4.9 feet tall, the model will be one of the smallest 4-seat cars.
“If the goal is to maximize space, the ideal form for a small car would be a rectangular box," said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand. "In the up! we were able to sculpt such a box with a clean and powerful design that does not lose sight of space utilization.”
The car is intended for the urban driver and will sport high fuel efficiency and safety standards. It will be the first small car with optional City Emergency Braking - which employs a laser sensor at speeds under 19 mph. Depending on the situation, the car will brake automatically, reducing the risk of collisions.
The up! will be debuted at the Frankfurt auto show next month. It will feature three 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas BlueMotion engines, and an electric up! is expected to debut in 2013. The car will be available in three versions: the entry-level take up!, the comfort-oriented move up!, and the higher-end high up!
According to an emailed statement, a flexible financing plan called AutoCredit2 will "make the goal of driving a safe and economical new car more attainable than ever. Like the Beetle back in the 1950s, one could say that the up! is once again 'democratizing' car driving."
No word yet on when we can expect to see the up! in the U.S., but it will be interesting to see what effect the car has on the European small car market.
Aug 21, 2011
Wow I just love this, it is amazing that the car can break automatically after 19 mph to avoid any collision; I really love to have this one. http://www.tyre-shopper.co.uk/tyres/winter
I currently own a 2011 Jetta. Now that I'm older and by myself I don't drive as much as I used to and the Jetta is probably overkill (wish I'd gotten the Golf instead). I've been thinking a small commuter car might fill the bill better than a family-size car. If the up! looks good, has good safety reviews, and gets excellent gas mileage, I'd seriously consider it as my next car. Love my VWs and would prefer to stay with them!
I wouldn't own one if you gave it to me. I live in Texas and we have critters bigger than this car. I can only imagine what it would look like sandwiched in between two Ford F150s. NOPE not for me. It is a bug, about as big as our cockroaches. NO way.
Hope it makes its way to the U.S. In big cities it would be indispensable and promises to be a better overall car than the Smart. Looks great, specially for its size and intention.
Remember that when you point fingers, you're pointing 3 at yourself! TX isn't the only place that BIG things exist! There are MANY places where BIG Tractor trailers run and the size of these EV's doesn't give me too much confidence for the driver's safety when in mixed traveling company and that includes on local and secondary roads. Has anybody investigated the impact ONE semi would have on one of these cars? There's always a smart A$$ in every crowd! Stick to your GUNS TEXAS!!!