• Nov 7, 2010
The Volkswagen Up! has a show date, that being next year's Frankfurt Auto Show. The little shoe on wheels will have three doors outside, four seats inside, and three cylinders underhood. The car is also expected to go on sale in Europe next year, with deliveries to dealers "in late 2011" and a sticker price of around €10,000 ($14,000 U.S.). After that, a sedan, five-door hatch and minivan will also be added to the mix, with the initial gas and diesel powerplants expanding as well into an electric option – and by then it may be called Lupo.

The electric model will reportedly arrive in 2013 and, it has been rumored, provide the basis for a similar Audi model. What hasn't been said is which (or how many) versions of the Up! will come to America and when that will happen. We know the plain Jane model won't make it Stateside, and a larger electrified Up! was proposed last year, but things are moving so quickly on the alternative fuel front that it's anyone's guess what will actually occur in 2013.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe I need to see it from different angles, but from what I see there that's an ugly little sucker...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad they didn't keep the rear engine layout. As it stands today, it's nothing much more than a pimped-up old-gen Lupo, after the disaster that was the brazilian-built Fox.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the car. The UP! lite is the best looking one. Probably like this car more than the other car that has been posted up on autoblog (that we will never get). I just want a highly dependable car that is easily maneuverable in tight spots and gets 60 plus mpg overall. I would be overjoyed if this turned out to be one of my favorite makers of automobiles (VW). aS OII PRICES CLIMB you will see the demand for small and efficient automobiles climb. We either need a car that uses much less oil (gas/diesel fuel) or people will just have to stop driving (hence stop buying cars). When traffic stops, the economy stops. When the economy stops, car buying stops. Get to work guys. Get this small car out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't come.
      And then if they decide instead to bring it - it will come with a 1.4 liter ICE which might get up to 40mpg, on the highway, down a hill.
      It will be a breakthrough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've mixed feelings about this one... It's not quite ugly... but not quite a looker either. This makes me uneasy... Don't want it on the roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks nice to me and not like anything else out there. I'm not a German car fan but I'm becoming a VW/Audi with their new design language. For Germans, almost as good as Benz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Goodbye smart car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Up concept was RWD and had the engine in the back. Now it's front-engine/FWD.

      FAIL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why Europeans (VW included) think that we Americans don't want anything smaller than an Escalade. I mean, every automaker that sells well over here has introduced a small car, Chrysler being the exception ( and they're working on it), but VW, no, they think that all Americans drive 4 ton SUVs with 7 liter 600 hp engines, and they simply won't introduce anything smaller than the new Jetta, which BTW recently turned into a midsize.
      I think the Polo or Up should be bought here as soon as possible. Any better ideas? I'd have to say, build it at the Tenessee plant to give American workers jobs.
        surrealchemist
        • 4 Years Ago
        They probably don't because of stuff like market research. Just a hunch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If we want more small cars we have to buy the ones that are already sold here, first.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh they would gladly sell over, the US wont allow it for fear of losing their precios oil sales. Why do you think we can't but the diesel Fords running around Europe getting 60 mpg!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We don't buy them because the cars don't come with purses such as the one in the picture. We are still a nation of immature showoffs that thinks that our cars reflect our personalities and that driving small cars or not having tinted windows/protruding chrome rims/blacked out taillights is girly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I don't know why Europeans (VW included) think that we Americans don't want anything smaller than an Escalade"

        Seriously! When I see a golf on the road I'm like daymn son that's a big as an es-co-la-de!! For Serious!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, you think they're going after the chick car market?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should bring it over and relabel it the beetle 2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be like BMW taking a sub- 1 series sedan and calling it the Mini.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Changing the name would keep down the jokes about making the Up yours.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or like Alfa Romeo turning the Chrysler Sebring Convertible into the next gen Spider. Those 2 vehicles are a similar size and have a similar body style, but they are completely different vehicles. One of them has a historic name, the other doesn't. Same with the BMW and the Mini, and the up and the Beetle.
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