2012 Vw Up! hits the UK showrooms

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 19, 2012

UK showrooms are now offering the new Volkswagen up! with a starting price of £7,995 (RRP OTR) that could go as high as £11,180. Retail customers that use Volkswagen Finance's Solutions PCP package could get into an up! from only £79 a month. This compact city specialist has the interior space and features of a bigger car but its prices didn’t go up.

The up! uses Volkswagen's values of quality, safety and value for money in a compact package. It is available with advanced, low-emission and efficient engines as well as class-leading safety features and an innovative infotainment system.

can choose from among two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine options and a BlueMotion Technology version. Three trim levels -- Take up!, Move up! and High up! -- are offered.

There are also special editions -- the up! black and up! white. Its lineup will get a five-door version later this year. It comes with an optional automatic gearbox. A fully electric version is expected to be released soon.

According to Volkswagen Finance's Solutions package, the up! is offered to retail customers from only £79 a month, until March 31, based on 10,000 miles per annum over three years.

For the business users, up! is available for only £103 a month (plus VAT and initial rental) on a contract hire basis. For the complete details, you may go to volkswagen.co.uk or visit your local Volkswagen Retailer. Volkswagen is offering a three-year/30,000-mile fixed price servicing plan for £299, or for £99 if the vehicle is bought with Solutions.

The Volkswagen up! is designed to be friendlier than regular cars; it’s by far the most cheerful car anyone has ever seen. Well, that is mostly because up front, the lines on its bumper are formed in such a way that it intentionally smiles at every car or passerby going on the opposite direction. Also, between the headlights with integrated daytime running lights runs a narrow black band with a chrome Volkswagen logo which is the only chrome element at the front end.

Flares of surfaces and an alternation of convex and concave forms accessorize the side profile giving a more defined styling. Above the side sill are slight concave grooves accentuating its continuous surface. The side profile is smooth and seamless except for its wheel housings and side windows. Speaking of wheel housings, the up! has a powerful wheel housing with large wheel mirrors (lateral surfaces) creating an illusion of larger wheels even if its wheels are only 14 to 16 inches in diameter. Moreover, a matching long ascending line in the rear third of the vehicle forming the rear wheel and C-pillar. The windows also define its styling with a short angle up front creating a connection on the lower-lying window edge to its bonnet.

The up! is powered by small petrol and natural gas engines (an electric motor soon to be integrated) which is also the reason why it does not need to take in large air cooling intakes. Compared to other Volkswagen models, its headlights are significantly smaller but are more prominent. According to Volkswagen’s Head of Design Klaus Bischoff, models like the up! and Phaeton all follow the same styling guidelines on its front-end which features emphasized horizontal lines, an adjoining of the grille and headlights as well as defined short angles. But despite the similarities in styling, each Volkswagen model is unique. There are also differences in terms of proportions for each of its individual components, differentiating each model and spanning different ranges from the friendly up! to the classy Phaeton.

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