The price of entry for the 2012 Volkswagen Up! is £7,995 ($12,434 U.S. at today's exchange rate) over in the UK and the order books are wide open.

Three engine options are available – two 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline units and one stop-start BlueMotion technology-equipped mill – with a trio of trim levels to choose from, including Take Up, Move Up, and High Up.

Entry-level Take Ups start at the aforementioned $12,434, but for £8970 ($13,950), buyers can jump up the Move Up. An additional £360 ($560) gets you behind the wheel of the BlueMotion Take Up, which returns 67.2 miles per gallon (56 mpg U.S.) and emits just 97 grams per kilometer of CO2.

The top-spec High Up starts at £10,390 ($16,159) and comes equipped with the more powerful 74-horsepower engine. Features on the High Up include heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, VW's Maps and More infotainment system and 15-inch alloy wheels.

All Up! models get a standard five-speed manual gearbox and come only in three-door guise. Five-door Up! vehicles will be available in mid-2012.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      If EV's were produced in the same quantity of ICEV, they would be 6k dollars per vehicle. UP yours, VW!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think I am interested to buy......
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        Just in the interests of removing confusion, do you think one of the Davids, (or both) could add a distinguishing initial ? Thank you.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          I post through my Yahoo account, which swears that it displays as David M, but doesn't.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      it's a cute little car and I like the mirror's edge visuals but it's just not green. not even a little. it's a very conventional fossil fuel burner. we have several of those in europe already, they are big sellers, they just wont protect us from peak oil or global warming or lung damage
      Ford Future
      • 8 Months Ago
      That's incredibly aggressive pricing. And great mpg, looks like UP should be a success, if the quality is there.
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