• Sep 15th 2007 at 7:52PM
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If you liked Volkswagen's Up! concept shown at Frankfurt earlier this week, we have some good news for you.

First, the head of VW, Martin Winterkorn, admitted the Up! was likely to see production in a few years. We like the sound of VW heading back to its rear-engined roots, and look forward to seeing how the company does with it.

Second and third, Winterkorn also says VW will have variations of the platform to show off at both the Tokyo Motor Show next month and, in November, at the Los Angeles show. What those might be, he didn't get into. Sedan? Wagon? Convertible? Hybrid? We'll know for sure within just a few weeks.

And if that's not enough good news for Up! fans, he also hinted at a possible fourth variation. No date was given for that car's intro, but Detroit in January would be a good guess.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Smart ForTwo has been on sale in Europe since 1998, and in Canada since 2004. If they really were outrageously unsafe during collisons, then this would be supported by statistical evidence. So where is this evidence then?

      The American prejudice against small cars is irrational and embarassing. Personally, I'd love to have a new 'people's car' from VW. It makes a hell of a lot more sense than a Phaeton or Touareg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about sending us the previous generation Lupo GTI. VW, you missed the boat on the small car segment.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I wouldn't get too excited about this thing.

      A. It's at least 3 years away.
      B. It's a B segment vehicle.
      C. It'll do 38MPG at best.

      Give me the Diesel C30 any day over this thing.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Nonsense, 38mpg is standard for a-class and below. Even my "VW Polo Fun" with fenders and big tires does that.

        I'm sure the small diesel will do more than 100mpg, because there already are some in europe who reach that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Probably a pretty good car but gosh, it looks like an up-side-down polyethelene dishpan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will there be a GTI or VR6 version of this? I hope....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am amazed at how many people immediately question the safety of small cars. How many accidents do you folks get in? I guess none of you ride motorcycles.
        • 8 Years Ago
        With oil at $80pb and rising - for ever - I'll be buying the most economical car I can get next time out. In three years Fiat (sorry, I know they are unknown and disliked in equal measure in the States) will introduce a litte twin with decent power (90bhp - fine for me in little car) and brillliant economy - 80+ mpg (Imp).
        Every manufacturer in Europe and Asia is working hard on these frugal transport solutions, and they'll be fun to drive too. As for safety; structural engineering is moving as quickly as the economy sort.
        Yes, mass matters in an accident, but the little cars are very strong now, and nimble, and for many of us they'll be all we can afford to run.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a feeling VW will actually make this come to life.
      The Tiguan and the UP will turn things around for the company even though I think their GTI/Rabbit, EOS and Toureg are nice, but I just hope they turn their service dept into Lexus friendly atmosphere.

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