2012 Geneva Motor Show: Vw Cargo up! Concept wants to be a delivery van

Article by Anita Panait, on March 6, 2012

Do you need a panel van that suits your city delivery needs? Volkswagen AG has just the right solution. Introducing the Cargo up! panel van, one of the four up! city cars that Volkswagen will soon roll out. The Cargo up! panel van may not have the same cargo capacity as the actual vans in the city road, but it could load 47 percent more than a standard car.

It may not be big enough to carry large amounts of cargo but it serves its purpose right for delivering other items within the city. Attractive and stylish, the Cargo up! panel van is also versatile and inexpensive.

The winner of the ‘iF product design award 2012,’ the Cargo up! offers more cargo room by having most of its interiors stripped. All that remains in the city car’s minimal interior footprint (3.54 x 1.64 m) is the driving console and the driver’s seat. As a result, the Cargo up! now could carry up to 1,400 litres of load, compared to the 951 litres of load of the standard model.

The Cargo up! features two closable storage bins in the cargo floor, one on the passenger side with a capacity of 23 litres, and one in the boot with a load of 46 litres.

Just like any other delivery van, the car’s rear windows have a dark tint and are painted in body color on the outside. The Cargo up! carries similar specifications as its Cross up! sibling, which was shown at the IAA in autumn of 2011. The Cargo up! sports an front and read underbody protection will side sill trim panels. The Cargo up! features a roof railing.

To prevent the cargo from falling or colliding onto the driver, VW installed baggage protection feature behind the user.  The baggage protection is up to shoulder height as part of the backrest and, at head restraint height made of Plexiglas. 

VW also installed a mesh beside the seat and lashing points on the floor and in the side walls.  The Cargo up! is powered by the entry-level engine (44 kW / 60 PS) of the model series, allowing it to reach speeds of up to 160 km/h. The Cargo up! uses 4.5 l/100 km of combined fuel. VW raised the ride height of city delivery van by 15 mm. Weighing 929 kg, the Cargo up! could carry up to 426 kg of cargo.

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