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After showing off the E-Up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week and declaring it the Beetle of the 21st Century, VW is promising to have the tiny EV into small scale production in Europe by 2013. However, the people's automaker isn't convinced such a small car would be accepted in the United States.

Flawed logic or not, Automotive News reports that a somewhat larger version of the E-Up! – about 146 inches long, or some 20 inches longer than the concept VW claimed was its smallest car ever – is being developed for the crucial U.S. market.

The first vehicle using the Up!'s New Small Family architecture is expected to debut in 2011, with the electric version showing up in Europe about two years later. U.S. sales of the slightly larger model will come at some unspecified later date.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This a situation where i don't care that the car is growing for Americans' tastes. This car was never going to be some dynamo of performance, speed and handling. Its just a small car. Now if Mazda said they were going to give the US a larger MX-5, then i would get pissed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      - but I wanted to squeeze my fat arse into the small one..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      20 inches longer? How fat do they think we are?
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW always joking about USA average weight
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damnit VW...

      Would you please get serious and start calling it the 'Golf/Rabbit' already?

      Why on Earth would VW need to sell this car in the US if they're going to make it bigger and allow it to cannibalize Golf sales?

      If it's purely hybrid or purely electric, then I would be okay with it being a separate model in the same class as the Golf...but it's not going to be pure electric or purely a hybrid because Volkswagen doesn't like those technologies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just about sick of this upscaling of cars for the US market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We don't want none. Thanks.
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