The new Volkswagen Up city car will be available with an optional five-speed automated manual gearbox. VW has started to take orders for this option, which is priced £595 higher than a standard five-speed manual Up. Fuel economy is improved while CO2 emissions are lower because of the Automatic Shift Gearbox (ASG).
The gearbox is offered on both the three-door and five-door Move Up and High Up models (with the exception of BlueMotion Technology cars). The ASG-equipped cars have a starting price of £9675. When the new transmission is fitted to the 59bhp 1.0-litre Move Up, the city car could help achieve 64.2mpg combined, while having CO2 emissions level at 103g/km.
In comparison, the five-speed manual version is capable of returning 62.8mpg and emitting just 105g/km of CO2. The 59bhp Move Up can accelerate from zero to 62mph in a range from 14.4sec to 15.3sec while the 74bhp High Up model can go sprint in a range from 13.2sec to 13.9sec.
The most efficient Up in the range is still the Move Up BlueMotion Technology, capable of 68.9mpg and 95g/km. The ASG is heavier than the manual gearbox by 3kg at 30kg. It is controlled by two electromechanical actuators, which employ the gears. Another electric motor controls the clutch.