Vw wants tot test the Golf GTD and Up subcompact in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 23, 2012

In an attempt to boost its sales in the United States but also to test the popularity of diesel engines, Volkswagen of America will bring the Up subcompact car and the GTD to the U.S. Still, there are some bad news as the German manufacturer will bring only a few units in order to be tested by automotive journalists, not to sell them here.

According to Rainer Michel, VW of America's vice president of product marketing and strategy, the company has currently no plans to sell the Golf GTD in the United States but it wants to bring the next-generation. Things could be more difficult with the Up, as the car is way too small for the United States (try to think at an accident between a Vw Up and the Toyota Sequoia).

Currrently, the Volkswagen Up is offered in three versions in Europe: Take Up, Move Up and High Up. Pricing starts at 10,000 euros or $12,238 for the Take Up and at $17,000 for the High Up. The Volkswagen up is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine capable to offer a fuel consumption of 59 mpg highway and 40 mpg city in the European test cycle.

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