2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Volkswagen Study Up! Azzurra Sailing Team

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Tuesday September 13, 2011

2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Volkswagen Study Up! Azzurra Sailing Team

The up! azzurra sailing team -- a prototype of a small, open and green vehicle for the world’s marinas -- was created by Italian designers Walter de Silva and Giorgetto Giugiaro, who both grew up in nautical environments. Walter de Silva was born in Lecco on Lake Como while Giorgetto Giugiaro was born in Garessio, which is a town near the Ligurian coast.

The two designers have extended the potential range of the New Small Family here to include a nautical version.

The name of the prototype comes from a yacht club on the Costa Smeralda. The up! azzurra sailing team keeps the original character of the up! with its appealing and precise lines, but the concept vehicle doesn’t have a roof or doors, allowing the passengers and driver to enjoy the breeze of summer, as if they were on a boat.

Highly stylish and advanced materials are utilized in the vehicle, all of which are completely waterproof. Moreover, they intentionally symbolize the fittings of a premier yacht.

These features include a dashboard in mahogany with maple wood inlays, the four seats in white-blue leather, and numerous chrome components.

A synthetic resin coats its surfaces. Furthermore, the up! azzurra sailing team is more than just a prototype, as it forms a link between the legacies of German vehicles and Italian yachts to create an up! that’s obviously Mediterranean.