As you know, the 2009 LA Auto Show opened its gates today and manufacturers are beginning to present their latest vehicles. One of these manufacturers is Volkswagen, who unveiled today the brand new Up! Lite a progressive, fuel efficient and in all details cleverly designed four-seater with a hybrid drive. According to the manufacturer the car shows a combined fuel consumption of just 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway (65 g/km of CO2).
Why? Because the car features a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as well as top aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.237). As we said, under the hood is a 0.8 TDI two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine capable to deliver 38 kW / 51 PS while the electric motor delivers an extra 10 kW - designed as a pulse start module (starter, alternator and E-drive).
This means that the total output of 48 kW / 65 PS (same version of the TDI engine was used on the L1 Concept car that Volkswagen presented in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show).
Press release: "Wolfsburg, Germany / Los Angeles, CA -- December 2, 2009 -- Volkswagen Europe's strongest automotive brand is setting standards worldwide when it comes to efficiency with its clean high-tech TDI and TSI engines. Now this is being followed up by latest coup at the Los Angeles Auto Show (December 4 to 13): the world premiere of the Up! Lite A progressive, fuel efficient and in all details cleverly designed four-seater with a hybrid drive. Combined fuel consumption: 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway! No other car is more sustainable. With a drive concept consisting of a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as well as top aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.237), Volkswagen is driving CO2 emissions down to a sensational 65 g/km. This makes the three-door concept the world's most fuel efficient car and from the perspective of its overall CO2 footprint the world's most environmentally friendly four-seat car as well. Both technically and visually, the Up! Lite is a preview of the future. The image of the car body with its clean lines, as though sculpted from a block of aluminium, underscores just how fascinating a car tuned to aerodynamic perfection can look.