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A company has the right to change its mind, right?

Volkswagen, which said as recently as late 2010 that it wouldn't consider a two-cylinder engine for its Up! city car, is now doing just that.

The German automaker will add the option of a two-cylinder diesel engine to the Up as part of an effort to compete against the Fiat Panda TwinAir, UK's Autocar reports. VW's Ulrich Hackenberg added that the two-banger is compatible with larger platforms as well, bringing up all sorts of fuel-saving possibilities for Europe's biggest automaker.

Hackenberg, when interviewed by Autocar in late 2010, said the company would prefer getting the most efficiency out of its three-cylinder engines rather than going to a two-cylinder. VW's Michael Hinz said at the time that two-cylinder engines were too expensive and unrefined to consider for the Up!


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Months Ago
      How things have changed
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Months Ago
      I won't rest until VW offers a 1-cylinder UP.
        EZEE
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        How about powered by feet: Let's ride with the family down the street Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet When you're with the Flintstones Have a yabba-dabba-doo time A dabba-doo time You'll have a gay old time A gay old time? Well no, I mean, not that there is anything wrong with that. I mean, if that is a person's lifestyle, who am I to say anything? How about those Bears?
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Actionable Mango, EVnerdGene , ROTFL !
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        I want a 1/2 cylinder UP !
        DaveMart
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Ultimately, 0-cylinder!
      Rotation
      • 2 Months Ago
      VW (Audi) also kills R8 e-Tron.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Audi cant build a viable electric sports car. What is their problem? Cost, Range, Reliability? They seem to have demonstrated performance on the track. I bet their problem is Cost - which means fewer sales and an inability to realize cost reductions from mass production. How much more valuable does this make TSLA?
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @ paulwesterberg If you are correct. it would mean that TSLA is in a very precarious position indeed ! Fortunately, you are not right, and Tesla need not worry !
      DaveMart
      • 2 Months Ago
      'Volkswagen R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg said the engine would be adapted from the radical Volkswagen XL1, which has also been confirmed for production next year.' http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/sao-paulo-motor-show-2012/sao-paulo-show-two-cylinder-vw-confirmed