• Jul 18, 2010
We'd already heard that we wouldn't be getting the conventionally-powered version of Volkswagen's city car, the Up! Now we hear, per Autocar, that it won't be called the Up!, it will be called Lupo. The Lupo, a nameplate known throughout Europe until it ceased production in 2005, was VW's small, sub-Polo offering. In its new incarnation, the Lupo will replace the Fox, currently the smallest VW sold.

The conventional power of the Up!/Lupo will also come with a more conventional powertrain layout. The rear underfloor-mounted engine was innovative yet ultimately too complex for production. The Lupo that goes on sale next summer is expected to be offered with the choice of either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine putting out 75 horsepower or a 1.2-liter Bluemotion-branded diesel.

The E-Up that will supposedly hit our shores in 2013 might be coming as an Audi only. The VW Group plans to spread the Up!/Lupo gospel throughout its companies, but the electrified version is being worked on "in partnership with" Audi. Since Audi's already getting all kinds of electric ink in the U.S. thanks to its sexy e-tron concepts, and with the price premium electric cars command, we wouldn't be surprised if the electric Lupo initially comes to the U.S. wearing interlocking nose rings.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes me think of lupus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "In its new incarnation, the Lupo will replace the Fox.."

        The VW Wolf returns...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it's not news that the standard [now] Lupo won't be coming to the US. Good move, VW! We all know that Americans hate small, euro hatchbacks- (Shhhh... don't tell them about the 100,000+ sales of the MINI Cooper!)

      Duh. Really? Are we still getting cheated out of cool cars like this? I want a small, neat car. Had the MINI- 9 warranty trips in 12 months were too many for me. I'd actually risk a VW- if they'd 'risk' the attempt to sell it here...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fiat is interesting looking, the UP! is not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The BMW MINI is the same size as the Fiesta or Polo. This is a city car (A-segment), like a Ka or a FIAT 500.

        We'll see how the FIAT 500 sells I guess and then they can decide to bring the Lupo or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To add on to spin cycle's comment as well. VW is bringing the Polo to the US and the Polo is a direct competitor to the Mini(both are B-Segment cars). The Lupo is in fact even smaller.
      • 4 Years Ago
      speaking of the 500 is it ever going to get here promisas promisas
      i wonder how many sales they will lose because people got tired of waiting
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure what a "promisas" is, but Fiat said last fall that the 500 will go on sale in the United States around the end of 2010, followed by the Cabrio in 2011 and the Abarth in 2012. The plant in SE Michigan that will be building the engines for the NA 500 is pretty much ready to go, and production of the final car in Mexico is going to get started in a few more months. As for dealerships, as of two weeks ago Fiat started selecting dealers from the existing Chrysler base who are well-positioned to open a new Fiat dealership.

        So it looks like everything is still on track for their original schedule.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical VW, this car is already dated looking and now they can't even come up with an original name for it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kind of like the name Up! You can do some clever marketing with it. The convertible version could be called the Pop Up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The family version could be called the F Up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      more pics of the girl in the shorts
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