• Oct 29, 2007
click above image to view more pics of the VW Space up! Concept

That's right, Volkswagen thinks Americans are fat. At least that's what we take away from comments made by executives indicating that the second and larger up! concept that debuted last week at the Tokyo Motor Show could be sold in the U.S. because it's larger than the first one that debuted in Frankfurt. The first up! concept was a small three-door hatch, and by small we mean very small. The Space up! meanwhile is like a small four-door minivan of the concept on a longer chassis. Basically, we hear VW saying that the smaller three-door hatch version just wouldn't play well with our pudgy selves. That said, the up! van isn't a sure thing either, as VW states it will take the next three months to evaluate whether or not to produce a lineup of rear-engine up! vehicles. One last test for the cars will be in mid-November at the LA Auto Show where a third concept will be revealed. This one, likely to have an equally silly name, will be powered entirely by electricity.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Pudgy--not all Americans are obese!...but I do like the concept. Far more interesting than most of VW's current lineup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't have a subscription to Automotive News. Can anyone come up with an exact quote of what was said?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wouldn't understand why VW would bring this stateside. A VW answer to the xB would give Toyota a pretty good headache.
        • 7 Years Ago
        that should read, "wouldn't bring this stateside"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Americans are fat. That's why we made huge SUV's to fit fat people in.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, that was very insightful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lmao

      im laughing for all the wrong reasons
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, we ARE fat, but so are the English and the Canadians. Obesity is a worldwide problem amongst industrialized nations, we just happen to be one of the worst.

      And if you don't actually think we're fat you're delusional.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh come on, everyone makes fun of Americans for being fat. Like that episode of Top Gear when Jeremy started the navigation system in the car he was driving (I think it was the corvette, not totally sure, anyone remember?) and the first thing it did was display the fast food restaurants. That was funny, probably scripted, but funny.
        • 7 Years Ago
        im sure this new concept will be able fit two 'whole' americans
        • 7 Years Ago
        Could it be that the VW executives we're referring to the fact that small hatchbacks don't have much of a market in the US? Isn't it more logically to think that VW is more concerned with being able to sell a car than if the people that want to buy it will fit in it.
        They do their market research. If they thought enough skinny or fat people would buy it they would sell it here. If a country is known for their love of SUV's, big ass trucks, and roomy sedans would you take a chance on selling a tiny vehicle? Wait... VW thinks Americans are fat... that's sensationalizing and has lots of legs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate to say it but its true (I live in Canada tho, and its obesity rate is slightly larger than the US) we are getting fatter...I mean, go look at a playground, its disturbing that there's that many fat kids! It can't all be genetic!

        But what I don't get is why it is only here that we are stereotyped, I mean the UK's obesity rate is expanding (lol no pun intended) Take That, Jeremy!

        At the end, its sad because automakers are now making cars bigger, couple that with a fat driver and a potentially fat family, it can bring fuel economy down and emissions up! Maybe Greenpeace will target fat people next lol!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So how much _wider_ is the 4 seater vs the 2 seater? I don't see how extra seats helps with people being bigger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      American's are Fat and Stupid. Or maybe it sould be the other way around. because we are stupid we are fat? I'm 6'2" 170 and most of my family is smaller than me but looking around we are in a huge minority. I have started watching the cars go by at stop lights. Look at how many fat people there are!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love how this thing looks, and looks like nice option to the Scion for those in the market. Is there any chance for an AWD version?

      • 7 Years Ago
      So does that mean that Detroit has to make cars for germany that would be great for mass murder? That would work well in a concentration camp environment....that would kill anything that is not german?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'm with Paul, that's a totally inappropriate non-sequitur.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Um. What the hell are you talking about?
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW should make an even smaller up! with only one seat for urban use. It could be called the up! Yours.
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