The Up! supermini goes on sale in Europe in a few days, but Volkswagen has already been hard at work casting about for ideas to expand beyond the three-door model available at launch. A five-door will go on sale later this year, and VW showed a few Up! concepts last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For Geneva next week, the cute little city car gets four new outfits: Swiss Up!, Winter Up!, X Up!, and Cargo Up!
Typically an automaker releases information on its latest concept cars in the days and weeks running up to the auto show where it's set to be unveiled. But when we got to Frankfurt this year, Volkswagen had a few surprises up its sleeve that were neither previewed beforehand nor unveiled at the VW Group event the night before the Messe opened its doors to the gathered press.
We knew the name, the fact that it's rear-engined and now, finally, we know what it looks like. I'm talking about Volkswagen's up! concept, which was unveiled today as we get ready for its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week. I can tell some of you will be happy that the official version is nothing like the mockups that were floating around recently. As we said this morning, the up! (OK, we didn't know about the exclamation point then) should go into production in the next few years. Driv