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Volkswagen Up! spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Up! spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Up! Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the VW up!

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Volkswagen up! concept

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We've heard rumors that Volkswagen would be going against the concept up!'s rear-engine and rear-wheel drive architecture, and it now appears that those earlier rumblings are indeed true. That's a big knock against the retro-theme that attracted many to the concept in the first place. After all, countless numbers of individuals were first introduced to the VW brand via the iconic Beetle, which, of course, had it's engine hanging off the rear and driving those wheels. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn say

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Last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show,Volkswagen unveiled their entry in the micro-car derby, the up! Yes, the name is goofy, but the car is cute and is apparently headed for production in 2010. AutoExpress has some contacts deep within Wolfsburg who have reported that the production up! will come down the assembly line looking almost identical to the concept. The basic shape of the 11.5 ft body is virtually unchanged although the head and tail lights the bumper will be revised. VW engineers ar

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If you liked Volkswagen's Up! concept shown at Frankfurt earlier this week, we have some good news for you.

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