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Volkswagen just upgraded its smallest car offering and the new Up will surely excite its customers with the amazing customization options now available for this city car.
Set to be launched in Europe this summer, the second generation Volkswagen Up will be available with new body panels, new wheels, a host of new customization options, new colours, a new infotainment system, completely redesigned interior and even new engines.
That was quite a mouthful of new features that it can be forgiven if you would think it’s an entirely new car. The Volkswagen Up is the undisputed leader in the small car category in the European market, having bested its rivals for five years in a row now.Read the entire article VW presents highly customizable Up ahead of 2016 Geneva Motor Show unveiling
We love spy pictures and videos. For fans and enthusiasts, or for journalists and rival carmakers, spy images and videos are coveted. Well, our inherent love for spy images and videos is basically fueled by the fact these graphics allow people to have a basic idea of the overall appearance of a new model. Moreover, these spy graphics helps confirm whether a carmaker is on its way to bring a new vehicle offering to the market.
Spy images and videos are usually taken from afar by enterprising photographers or so-called “carparazzi” while the vehicles or their prototypes are being tested on tracks or on the road. Thus, it was very surprising and highly unusual for Volkswagen to provide a spy video of some of its newest products. VW took some good shots of its new offerings like the Arteon coupe, Tiguan Allspace and Up! GTI being tested in the harsh environment of South Africa.
These vehicles were being tested for their endurance both on paved and rough roads on high temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius. Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development at Volskwagen, remarked that to push the engines of these new models to the limits, they were driven with the air-conditioning units turned on. This way, VW could make sure that air-conditioning units work even then. He added that these vehicles – especially the Tiguan Allspace – were being tested on dirt and paved roads to make sure that occupants always feel comfortable under any road condition.Read the entire article VW releases own spy video of Tiguan Allspace, Arteon and Up! GTI being tested in South Africa
Volkswagen has quietly introduced the Street Up, a special version of its popular city car designed for those feeling special. The first things you notice when looking at this special edition of the Volkswagen Up are the ‘street’ lettering on the doors, the special yellow graphics found above the side sills as well as the gray and yellow stripes that run from the front hood to the roof.
According to the official press release, this new edition arrives with 16-inch ‘upsilon’ alloy wheels, chrome-finished fog lamps as well as with a sport suspension that improves the handling. Inside, the vehicle features special seats that continue the exterior theme thanks to the colored stitching.
Same stitching is found on the floor mats, gear knob and handbrake lever. In addition, the Street Up gets the “Black Style” design package that arrives with black headliner and tinted side windows. As standard, this edition comes with the RCD 215 radio and air conditioning.Read the entire article VW introduces the Street Up Edition in Germany
Volkswagen started selling the all-electric Volkswagen e-up! December 2, 2013 at a starting price of £19,250 that already includes £5,000 Government grant, or £24,250 on the road. Customers could now order their e-up! from one of 24 Volkswagen EV specialist retailers across the United Kingdom, with the first deliveries to occur at the end of January 2014.
The e-up! Is derived from the up! city car and comes in one high-specification trim level. The -e-up! boasts of zero tailpipe emissions and a range of up to 93 miles in optimum conditions.
It also takes only less than nine hours to get a standard full charge from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. Its AC electric motor provides 60 kW/82 PS of output and 210 Nm of torque, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery rated at 374 Volts and 18.7 kWh.Read the entire article 2014 Volkswagen e-Up! priced at £19,250
Volkswagen’s new electric cars had a dual global debut at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new electrified units -- the e-up! and e-Golf – are based on the carmaker’s existing and good-selling current volume offerings. Both the e-up! and e-Golf offer zero-emission driving experience and practicality.
The four-door units are also well-equipped With standard features including automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights. The e-Golf also features LED headlights, the first among units of the Volkswagen brand. Both the e-up! and e-Golf boasts of being leaders in terms of energy efficiency.
For instance, the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km – best in the world – while the e-Golf consumes just 12.7 kWh per 100 km. This means that driving 100km will cost just EUR3.02 for the e-up! and EUR3.30 with the e-Golf, considering that the price of electricity in Germany was of July 31, 2013 was EUR0.258 per kWh.Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Dual debut for e-Golf and e-up! at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]
Volkswagen now has an offering that would rival BMW’s i3 city car: the e-Up. This latest offering from VW is an electric version of its Up minicar and, according to the carmaker’s head of electric-powertrain technology Rudolf Krebs, they deliberately positioned the e-Up against the i3. He remarked that the “time is ripe to introduce electric mobility on a large scale.”
VW is planning to present the e-Up and an electric version of the Golf hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show set next week. The e-Golf and the e-Up have a respective range of 190 km (118 miles) and 160km (99 km) on a full battery charge, the carmaker said in a statement.
VW will start selling the e-Up will in October at a starting price of EUR26,900 ($35,500) in Germany – around 23 percent cheaper than the BMW i3. On the other hand, VW will roll out the e-Golf to dealerships next spring.Read the entire article Volkswagen wants to take on the Bmw i3 with the new e-Up
Volkswagen introduced today the new e-up, company’s first fully electric production vehicle. The new car was created as one for daily use in the city but according to the manufacturer it is also ideal for commuters or as an innovative second car. The e-up can be recharged to as much as 80 percent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes and offers a maximum range of up to 150 km.
The Vw e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power. The car offers a continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS and a maximum torque of 210 Newton meters available immediately. The e-up! is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 135 km/h or almost 84 mph.
Moreover, the car is fitted with a lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area. The battery has a a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh). The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the “fuel door”. As an option, the Combined Charging System (CCS) is used, which has been standardised by Volkswagen and other carmakers. It supports both DC and AC charging.Read the entire article Vw debuts the e-up!, its first fully electric production vehicle
Volkswagen has presented the new Cross Up -- a rugged version of the Up city car – which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen UK hasn’t made the decision yet on whether it will take the car. Currently, its chances are at 50/50. The Cross Up can be differentiated from usual five-door VW Up due to its black body cladding for the wheel arches and side sills.
A light metallic silver finish has also been applied to its bumpers and exterior mirror housings. The model is equipped with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels with a design that’s reminiscent of the other VW Cross models and covered in 185/50 section tires. For the interior of the front-drive Cross Up, VW put in special trim for the seats, special floor mats, a modified instrument panel and chrome surrounds for the air vents.
It is powered by a 74bhp three-cylinder engine coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox – a combination that had been used on the standard Up. VW doesn’t mention if the traction control system has been modified to have additional control in low-grip conditions.Read the entire article 2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Vw unveils the Cross Up!
Volkswagen has launched the eco up! -- the natural gas car that offers the highest fuel economy in the global market. Natural gas and biomethane have excellent potential for lowering the CO2 emissions level. There’s no doubt that the new eco up! is presently the most fuel-efficient natural gas passenger car in the world.
For every 100 km, the four-seat Volkswagen uses up only 2.9 kg of natural gas (CNG = Compressed Natural Gas) and emits 79 g/km of CO2. The fuel efficiency leads to very low fuel costs. In Germany, the eco up! that is offered either as a two-door or four-door claims a cost of slightly more than 3 euros for 100 km. But in Italy, it costs less than 3 euros. Italy has the biggest market for natural gas cars in Europe.
There is currently no other all-round car that could be driven so economically. But what makes natural gas cars such as the eco up! very advantageous is that they’re not limited to natural gas. Alternative fuels like renewable biomethane can also be used to power these cars. Biomethane is built from plant by-products and does not compete with food crops.Read the entire article Volkswagen launches the Eco Up!
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.Read the entire article Vw Up! now available with an automated manual gearbox (ASG)
The order books are now open for the new five-door Volkswagen up!, priced at only £365 higher than the equivalent three-door model. Volkswagen’s much-awarded city car features wide-opening rear doors and is priced from £8,360. The five-door up! is equipped with the same qualities as its three-door variant.
Its wheelbase measures 2.42 m long, resulting to a remarkable interior space even when it has a small and a vehicle length of 3.54 m, making it easier to park. It also has a large 251-litre boot, a frugal three-cylinder engine, infotainment system, and safety features that are new to the class.
The five-door up! benefits the rear passengers as it has exactly the same space offered in the three-door model, with a headroom of 947 mm of headroom (compared to 993 mm in the front). It also has 789 mm of legroom.Read the entire article Vw Up! five-door version now available for order in the UK
Volkswagen is converting its Up city vehicle into a range of entry-level cars to reach its goal of 10 million vehicle sales annually by 2018 and to grab a portion of the market from Fiat. The German vehicle manufacturer has been unsuccessful in finding the one real successor to the original Beetle, thus, it is testing several models to embark on the market for basic, affordable transportation.
Prior to the Up urban vehicle, attempts on the VW Fox and Lupo have failed. Volkswagen's Seat and Skoda brands are selling Up clones. Also, a cut-rate variant will be aimed for first-time purchasers in China, India and Brazil. Analyst Albrecht Denninghoff at Frankfurt-based Silvia Quandt Research commented that the Up is a "fundamental milestone" for VW to hit its sales goal.
The expanded range of this city vehicle will "really increase the pressure" on the rivals in the segment in which they generate their finance. Sales of the subcompact are increasing as governments urge carmakers to manufacture vehicles that consume less fuel and purchasers seek vehicles ideal for driving in urban centers. Minicar sales such as Fiat Panda and Up could increase 25% worldwide to 11.2 million units by 2015, IHS Automotive revealed.Read the entire article VW converts Up city car in pursuit of 10 million annual sales by 2018
Volkswagen up! was named the World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show in New York City's Jacob Javits Center, beating out 33 other models nominated for this annual award. The judging panel, which is composed of 66 top automotive journalists from 25 countries, look for the year's most exceptional vehicles based on these factors: merit, value, safety, environmental impact, significance, and emotional appeal.
The up! proves the dedication and the competence of the details-oriented designers and engineers. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG said that this vehicle sets standards in its class for efficient use of space, safety, motoring fun and environmental compatibility.
Since the new Volkswagen city car was launched in late 2011, it has won multiple awards, which cited its low carbon emissions, large interior space and innovative City Emergency Braking system. This is the ninth year that the World Car of the Year award has been given. Since the start, it has gained a reputation of being credible and this has raised its significance in the industry.Read the entire article Volkswagen Up! is the 2012 World Car of the Year
UK showrooms are now offering the new Volkswagen up! with a starting price of £7,995 (RRP OTR) that could go as high as £11,180. Retail customers that use Volkswagen Finance's Solutions PCP package could get into an up! from only £79 a month. This compact city specialist has the interior space and features of a bigger car but its prices didn’t go up.
The up! uses Volkswagen's values of quality, safety and value for money in a compact package. It is available with advanced, low-emission and efficient engines as well as class-leading safety features and an innovative infotainment system.
can choose from among two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine options and a BlueMotion Technology version. Three trim levels -- Take up!, Move up! and High up! -- are offered.Read the entire article 2012 Vw Up! hits the UK showrooms
Volkswagen reveals the so-called winter up! It is based on the near-production IAA concept vehicle dubbed the cross up! The four-door winter up! features a 'cool' styling and comes with a snowboard holder, which is currently available to order for units that hold four boards. As the name suggests, the winter up! has special attributes that are ideal for winter sports.
Aside from the snowboard holder, this front-wheel drive vehicle also comes with standard ESP that includes differential locks (EDS), which are undeniably practical in the snow.
Based on the four-door cross up!, the winter up! could possibly become a production automobile later on. This concept vehicle comes in two colors.Read the entire article 2012 Geneva Motor Show: Volkswagen reveals Winter Up! Concept
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.Read the entire article 2012 Geneva Motor Show: Vw Cargo up! Concept wants to be a delivery van
Several photos of the package prepared by German tuning company ABT for the Volkswagen Up! were released days before the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Typically, the conversions get a DIY bolt-on look that leaves majority of the car unaffected but ABT goes the entire way as all the panels were modified.
Hans Jurgen ABT said that the new Up! will be a pleasure to drive through the town streets and even more so on the narrow roads. It’s quite reminiscent of the small Abarths that the previous generation used to drive. The Up! was tuned with a combination of modern and retro styling.
ABT said that window frames and side skirts are the “common thread” that go directly to the prominent back of the ABT up!, where a unit is formed by rear masks, an exhaust pipe tunnel and the sporty double exhaust pipe.Read the entire article ABT upgrades the Vw Up! Or is it a downgrade?
Volkswagen is prepared to sign off on its new city car -- an 80mph, battery-powered version named the e-Up. In temperate conditions, it could be driven more than 90 miles and it may appear in UK showrooms within a year. Its development is nearly complete. Safety and crash tests are being conducted on the electric car production prototypes.
It even has to undergo a nail penetration test. Instead of the normal models’ three-cylinder petrol engine, the e-Up is equipped with an 80bhp electric motor directly geared to the front wheels.
It is capable of developing 148lb ft of torque from a standstill, which makes a performance below 50mph incredibly quick. It could accelerate from zero to 62mph in under 14sec and it offers an electronically limited top speed of 80mph. When recharging in the household, it takes about eight hours. However, an industry-standard fast-charging socket is also available.Read the entire article Vw e-Up Concept might get green light for production
Independent European consumer protection organization Euro NCAP awarded five stars to Volkswagen’s smallest car, the up!. It also gave the 2011 Advanced Award to the City Emergency Braking function of the up! This award began in 2010. The up! got the best rating of any vehicle in its class, guaranteeing that children and adults both get excellent protection during an accident.
It also gets comprehensive safety features that include the optional City Emergency Braking, which is instantly activated at speeds between 5 and 30 km/ h.
A laser sensor (incorporated in the upper area of the windscreen) is used to scan a space as long as 10 metres in front of the up! to detect the risk of a collision. The emergency braking function may lessen the severity of an accident through automatic brake intervention. This also helps prevent a collision.Read the entire article 2012 Volkswagen Up! receives the Euro NCAP Advanced Award
It was obvious that Volkswagen is going to reveal the four-door version of the Up! after last week, the patent images with the car emerged on the web. As expected, the new car will be identical with the two-door version, which means it will receive the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine delivering 44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS.
The design of the new car has also changed a little bit as the four-door version features a modified side profile, as the lower window line of the two-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars and forms a straight line. The boot has a capacity of 251 liters, but this can be extended to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest.
Still, the rear seats offer the same comfort as the headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while in the front is 993 mm. Volkswagen is offering the same optional features in the four-door version of the Up!, such as City Emergency Braking, a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen, which contains a navigation system, a hands-free telephone unit, an informational display of various vehicle parameters and a media player.Read the entire article 2012 Vw Up! gets two extra doors for 475 euros
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