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

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

We'd already heard that we wouldn't be getting the conventionally-powered version of Volkswagen's city car, the Up! Now we hear, per Autocar, that it won't be called the Up!, it will be called Lupo. The Lupo, a nameplate known throughout Europe until it ceased production in 2005, was VW's small, sub-Polo offering. In its new incarnation, the Lupo will replace the Fox, currently the smallest VW sold.

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

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

On May 1 in Berlin, Germany transport minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer went for a drive in the first Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion with VW board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. The new battery-powered Golf is the first of a fleet of 500 that will be deployed starting next year in customer trials in Germany.

Today in Berlin, Volkswagen unveiled the first of 500 electric drive Golfs produced for a consumer test that starts next year. The battery powered Golf was shown at the launch of the National Platform for Electric Mobility, a public-private partnership to promote electric vehicles in Germany.

Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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