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According to the scribes at Automobile Magazine, Volkswagen isn't planning to offer its diminutive Up! city car here in the United States. Boo! Interestingly enough, though, the electric version, imaginatively known as the E-Up!, is said to be earmarked for select U.S. markets.

What those U.S. markets may be is unknown, but we'd imagine it would be something like the five markets where Nissan plans to initially offer its Leaf Stateside... and you can bet Southern California (as always) will be on the list.

Last we heard, the E-Up! being developed for America wold likely be a bit larger than the model sold overseas and wouldn't be offered for sale for another few years. Sure, you may want your zero-emissions goodness earlier than that, but we can stand to wait a little while longer for the "Beetle of the 21st Century," right?



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      wrong on many levels Jeremy.
      first it's a bs half hearted car and second we can't throw away 3 years for every pathetic step the douche automakers make!
      hopefully the economy will recover and peak oil will force their hands very soon. those assholes wont move otherwise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not against any model that will reduce CO2 emissions. In this market segment I think that I would still rather have a Fiat 500 EV though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As always, germans will be last to the EV party, but they will do it the best. Have fun with your bashing boys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      .... and of the "conventional" (petrol) fueled drive train, are we still talking about something tricky like a 2 cylinder diesel-hybrid which could yield 80+ mpg?

      Could be a real competitor against the BEV for "most green".

      VW Unveils Up! Lite Concept at LA Show; Diesel Hybrid with Combined Cycle Fuel Consumption of 96 mpg US (70 mpg Highway)
      http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/12/uplite-20091202.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it..... in 2 seater form!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a cute little car. I thought VW did not know how to make a EV, like the rest of the Germans, EV's are a real head scratcher for them, many studies must be conducted and CARB credits collected before they find out these cars will have the equivalent of approx 160 mpg of gas and yet, use not gas. This VW reminds me of my EV, it is better looking than the Yaris. Good luck VW, I will not hold my breath waiting for this EV in America or Europe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Better looking than the Yaris? Guess that's a matter of opinion! VW would be better off if they offered a diesel version in the US (given the success of their Jetta diesel) or a petrol-powered hybrid-- pure electric vehicles will be a niche market, until batteries have improved beyond their current (pun intended) limitations.

        As for size: the new MINI has shown that Americans will accept small cars, but only if they are stylish, well-built, and fun to drive!
      • 5 Years Ago
      For once and for all, would automakers please stop up-sizing for the American market?

      Bring it here as it is in Europe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it ... with a TDI engine. (I have no use for neither EV nor hybrid gasoline versions.)
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