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Volkswagen's deliciously adorable three-door Up! minicar is scheduled to hit the stage, in its production form, at the Frankfurt Motor Show next September. Deliveries of the not-for-U.S. gasoline and diesel Up! models are pegged to get underway in late 2011. Automotive News (sub. req.) now reports that the first variant to be offered, a four-seat, three-door model with a couple of three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engine options ranging in size from 0.6 to 1.2 liters, will hit the market at a base price of around 10,000 euros ($14,044 U.S. at the current exchange rate).

Volkswagen's development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, told Automotive News' sister publication Automobilwoche that the Up! is right on schedule, stating:
The final prototype phase is currently taking place for the Up, so we will be able to start building near-production cars soon.
Following the launch of the three-door Up!, VW will roll out a five-door version and introduce an optional dual-clutch gearbox, which will join the standard manual trans offered from the get go. In 2013, the battery-powered E-Up!, which is expected to come stateside, will round out the minicar lineup.



[Source: Automotive News -– sub. req.]


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