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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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      • 4 Years Ago
      /rant

      Hydrogen fuel cell power is our future. Limited use E cars are not. Hybrids are not. USA, invest in it now. Build the infrastructure. Do it, now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hydrogen? bwahahahaha. yes, because the average american can afford a car which costs twice as much as the average home, because fossil fuels are great, and providing half the range of your typical petrol powered car while still using fossil fuel sourced fuel is such a wonderful idea. Hydrogen will never take off. ever. but keep smoking that crack.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hydrogen is so NOT the future.
        At least not for cars.

        When it comes right down to it, hydrogen cars are essentially electric cars with a fuel cell instead of a battery. Unfortunately fuel cell technology is still way far behind in terms of offering a real driving experience at a reasonable price. Batteries today already offer up the drive experience (with admittedly a limited range) that people expect at a reasonable price premium. And there is an enormous amount of research being put into batteries that will eventually offer up much better range. Hydrogen fuel cell tech is way farther behind, and doesn't look to be technically feasible for vehicle applications.

        And that doesn't even take into account the lack of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure. It doesn't exist. While for batteries, every home in the US has electricity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jake Jarmel hates this car
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing looks a lot better than any Leaf or Smart. Why can't they also offer it with a small diesel and market both of them as high efficient city cars in the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do all these micro cars have to basically sport the same look. It's sad when the first thing someone does is search for the badge plate to see whose version of vanilla it is. Can someone please be more imaginative with these small car designs? Let's give them some character and style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really getting sick of VW and other car companies saying "Well, our normal model is great, but too small for those Americans. Let's fatten it up, weigh it down, and make it soft, then those Americans will buy it"

      Just send it As Is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Send it and then don't sell it? That makes sense. The key issue is tweaks needed to meet safety standards and emissions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jack Hanania Automotive in Jacksonville Florida is giving away a free car to Facebook fans! All you have to do is like their page to enter.
      http://www.facebook.com/HananiaAutomotive
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simply put...because the business case for the Smart car is failing.

      US small car people end up being more talk than anything.

      Opportunity cost my friend...opportunity cost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Volkswagen isn't planning to offer its diminutive Up! city car here in the United States" = another Screw-Up! by VW's marketing and management geniuses.

      It is difficult enough to find parking spots in urban environments, try to find one with an electric outlet you can use.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no, it's not. finding a parking spot with an electirc outlet in a progressive city is easy peasy. because they're designated 'electric car' and local municipalities ticket anything else that parks there. i've passed electric car parking spots dozens of times while looking for a place to park. with the projected volume attributed to the leaf, volt, or this, parking is not going to be an issue with only 30,000 electric cars between them in north america, even in pilot cities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's VW's example of how to build just another highly dangerous vehicle. AB is saying BOO for their not bringing it to the US... why?? I don't like to gamble my well being every time I jump in a car and hit the streets, which is exactly what you do every time you jump in one of these tin cans given the huge numbers of SUVs on the streets on America. To be fair, I would consider one of these glorified go carts... but only after the very last SUV has been scrapped (which will be mine). Enjoy
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have 3 motorcycles and don't believe every car has to be a tank. There will always be something bigger. If nothing else, you could get hit by a train. You risk your life every time you go outside, whether you recognize the threats or not. Be careful, do your best, and when it's your time, it's your time, regardless of what you're driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To hell with SUVs. The argument against small cars being in the US because of they will share the road with SUVs is a very tired one. How many accidents do you get in? You can't just sit in your dumb box driving around mindlessly. Learn to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The VW Up!, e or not, is still a niche car because of its size. Many in the US will find no compelling reason to buy it. If you have a family, as I do, this is just not a viable alternative. The Nissan LEAF, on the other hand, is a real 5 passenger, relatively affordable vehicle. And it will be available as early as December in some markets. For more info on the LEAF, you can check out my blog: http:livingleaf.info
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is funny that for some it is not a viable alternative yet everybody on this post squeezed into station wagons or back of pick up growing up. what you mean to say is americans are different and special. otherwise this car is exactly what we HAVE to have or alternatively keep on turning into a third world country where even a hummer can't drive. cut cut cut cut cut....death by a thousand cuts. maybe save up and buy a horse. one local developer even put hitching posts behind new building planning for right wing vision for amerika.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hydrogen is a red herring that is only sold by the image of water dripping from a tailpipe. As battery technology improves, it will become preeminent, as one unit of energy 'in' equals the same amount of energy 'out'. There is no energy inherent to Hydrogen and the process to create the energy required for a motor is greater than for any battery.
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