Vw Up! now available with an automated manual gearbox (ASG)

Article by Christian A., on August 6, 2012

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.

The dimensions of the new Volkswagen up! tells all about its proportions – it measures 3.54 meters in length and 1.64 meters in width (excluding door mirrors), and 1.48 meters in height. With a long wheelbase of 2.42 meters, the VW up! features short overhangs both on the front and rear.

Interestingly, the lines on the bumper of the new VW up! makes the car seem cheerful, as accentuated by its headlights with integrated daytime running lights. In between these headlights is a narrow black band that integrates the chromed Volkswagen logo.

Noticeable is the lack of large air intakes on the front end of the VW up!, which is because the car employs small petrol and natural gas engines. And in the near future, it will feature an electric motor. While the headlamps of the new up! are smaller than other members of the VW family, they are still able to stand out visually.

According to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, the front end designs of their offerings -- from the up! to the Phaeton – adhere to the same styling principles. He remarked that these models feature styling elements that focus on horizontal lines, concise short angles as well as on the visual union of the grille and headlights. Despite these styling similarities, Bischoff said, each VW car is clearly differentiated from each other, especially in terms of proportions of individual components.

Topics: vw, vw up, transmission

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