2012 Volkswagen Up! receives the Euro NCAP Advanced Award

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 29, 2012

Independent European consumer protection organization Euro NCAP awarded five stars to Volkswagen’s smallest car, the up!. It also gave the 2011 Advanced Award to the City Emergency Braking function of the up! This award began in 2010. The up! got the best rating of any vehicle in its class, guaranteeing that children and adults both get excellent protection during an accident.

It also gets comprehensive safety features that include the optional City Emergency Braking, which is instantly activated at speeds between 5 and 30 km/ h.

A laser sensor (incorporated in the upper area of the windscreen) is used to scan a space as long as 10 metres in front of the up! to detect the risk of a collision. The emergency braking function may lessen the severity of an accident through automatic brake intervention. This also helps prevent a collision.

So far, the up! is the only car in its segment that has the City Emergency Braking function. It already received the first place in car registration statistics by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.

The up! comes in two engine configurations (44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS) and five equipment versions (take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!). It has a starting price of 9,850 euros. The newest member of this lineup will arrive in May. The four-door version of the city specialist is priced at 10,325 euros, only 475 euros more expensive than the two-door version.

Graduating from concept to fully realised consciousness, the new Volkswagen will make you smile if you take a glance at its frontage and in particular the bumper. Graded up at the sides, the up! grins back at you and this is Volkswagen’s intention for the vehicle. Keeping with the front of the vehicle, there is a set of daytime running lights set into the smaller than normal headlights for a Volkswagen. The logo has been chromed but where you would usually see cooling intakes, there are headlights much smaller due to the up!'s combination petrol and natural gas engine with electric motors requiring a lot less cooling.

Volkswagen's Head of Design Klaus Bischoff said that the brand aims to follow the same styling patterns. All its products are stylised in a way that they’re similar to one another, whether it is the up! the Beetle or the Phaeton. However, the up! may seem dissimilar from previous models but it is still a crucial part of the family and one whose individuality still retains many of the hallmarks which Volkswagen so beloved.

up! side profile

When looking at the side of the vehicle, there are a number of very distinct visual flares. From the gleam and stylings of the panelling to the grooves etched into the side sills. Upon closer examination it is clear the up! has no seams as if cut from one piece of metal. Only the side windows and the enlarged wheel housings provide any glimpse of an edge. These particular wheel housings have been designed so as to give the impression that the wheels are larger than they seem, between 14-16 inches in diameter,

The proportions of the up! are certainly eye-opening as reduced angles at the front give the appearance of a steep drop from windshield to the edge of the bonnet. Matching this is the angles at the rear of the vehicle where the C-pillar and the rear wheels match up. This evenly distributed display gives the up! a sleek look which is seen in the reduced overhangs and the long wheelbase.

Topics: vw, vw up, euro ncap, award

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