The Volkswagen mini-car that until had been referred to as the City Expert has now been unveiled with a new name and a look distinctly different from the renderings we had seen previously. The VW up! is seen as a the true successor to the Type 1 Beetle. The styling is neither retro nor an evolution of current Volkswagens.
Like the original Volkswagen and the much newer Smart ForTwo, the up! has it's engine mounted in the back driving the rear wheels. Unlike the Smart, the VW gets four seats into its 11.3 foot length. As a somewhat more practical challenger to the Smart, it may be interesting to look back at the history of Smart. The Smart was conceived by Swatch founder Nicholas Hayek and was originally a partnership with VW. After some initial prototypes were built, VW pulled out of the project and Mercedes-Benz stepped in. Now VW has built this new car as a low cost urban transportation module with low CO2 emissions.