To prove that Volkswagen’s up! is a very spacious car, it attempted to set a record by fitting in 16 people -- 15 women and one man -- inside it. Volkswagen Communications’ employees claim that four people could sit comfortably in the new up!, Volkswagen’s smallest model, and they set out to demonstrate that plenty more could fit in it if they try really hard.
It was highly uncomfortable but two were in the boot, one was on the dashboard, seven sat on the rear bench, four cramped into the front seats, and two were in the footwells. The employees then shut the windows and closed the boot lid and doors.
Volkswagen expressed its sense of humor in making this unofficial attempt. In the 1950s, there were many attempts made to stuff the most number of people in a telephone booth.
During a car meet in Australia, 17 people squeezed into a Beetle. According to the Guinness World Records, the existing record was set last year when 20 people in Wilmore, Kentucky (USA), fitted into a Beetle.
There had been similar attempts made in the successor model. A record 27 students from the US crammed into a New Beetle in January 2001.
The up! is the smallest Volkswagen at 3.54 metres long and 1.64 metres wide so it’s bound to be more challenging. On the first attempt, 16 got inside the up! It will be launched in the market in spring 2012.