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Volkswagen Up!

  • Volkswagen Up! GTI concept, 2017 Wörthersee Tour

    Volkswagen’s pint-sized Up! hatchback has received the GTI treatment. The car, still a concept, debuts next week at the 2017 Wörthersee Tour and will enter production in early 2018. Since we don’t get the standard Up! in the United States, don’t waste your time pining for this one. In the markets where it will be sold, the car is to counter other hot minis such as the Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop. It will come with a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 delivering 113 horsepower to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual. Such an output may be lower than...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Up!
    Volkswagen bringing updated Up! to 2016 Geneva auto show

    Volkswagen’s Up! first arrived on the scene in 2012 as a spiritual successor to the Lupo city car. An updated version of the car has now been revealed ahead of an official world debut at next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Among the changes is a new engine, an expanded list of...

  • Audi-badged Volkswagen Up rendering
    Audi-Badged Volkswagen Up Rumors Resurface

    During the early days of development for Volkswagen’s Up minicar, it was widely thought Audi would get its own version of the car to serve as the gateway for a new range of ecological models similar to those offered by BMW’s i sub-brand. The rumor mill went into overdrive when Audi...

  • Ronny Wechselberger sets a reverse parallel parking record
    Tightest Parallel Parking In Reverse World Record: Video

    For many drivers, parallel parking a car is the hardest part of passing a driver’s licensing exam. Even licensed drivers often struggle with mastering the art of parallel parking, since these days it’s a little-used skill (in the United States, anyway). German stunt driver Ronny...

  • Volkswagen up! concepts, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
    Volkswagen Tweaks The up! For Geneva

    Making an urban runabout into an exciting proposition isn't all that easy; even when cute or futuristic, they're still mainly meant to dodge low-speed traffic and park in shoe boxes. But Volkswagen is trying to put some spice in the exclamatory up!'s sauce for Geneva with a quartet of tweaked...

  • 2011 Volkswagen up! GT Concept
    Sporty Volkswagen up! GT Gets Production Green Light: Report

    Yesterday the covers came off the five-door version of the new Volkswagen up! minicar, which is set to join its three-door sibling in European showrooms later this year. While the five-door model doesn’t really offer any more excitement than the three-door, a new sporty ‘GT’...

  • Volkswagen up! five-door

    Late last summer we saw the production version of the three-door Volkswagen up! minicar ahead of its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Today, the five-door variant got its production preview. While it is primarily targeted at Europe, and won't see U.S. sales, the car that was once seen as a potential re-envisioning of the original Beetle's rear-engine/rear drive, minimalist spirit (as it was shown in concept form) could prove to be an important indicator for the future of the small car--which is gradually gaining traction here in America. The up! five-door shares its specs with the...

  • Volkswagen eco-up! live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2012 Volkswagen Up! Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    After years of Up! city-car concepts, Volkswagen has revealed a new production 2012 VW Up. And the vehicle it formally unveiled, at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, will be on sale in Europe early next year. During its various concept iterations, the Up went from a rear-engine layout to a more...

  • Volkswagen up! production version
    Production Volkswagen Up!: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

    It’s been four years since we first saw the original Up! Concept, and now, just a few weeks out from its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the production version of its new minicar destined for sale in Europe early next year. Over that time the Up! has...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Up! (Lupo) spy shots
    2012 Volkswagen Up! (Lupo) Spy Shots

    An all-electric minicar, a New New Beetle, and a sporty convertible--the Volkswagen Up! platform, which will be the basis for the next-generation Lupo, could spawn all of these, and more. Today we have new spy shots of the prototype testing in Europe, revealing little, but confirming much. The car...

  • 2009 Volkswagen E-Up! Concept
    VW Follows GM’s Lead By Building Electric Motors In-House

    Just weeks after GM announced it would be building electric motors for some of its future hybrids and electric vehicles in-house, Volkswagen has followed suit and announced it too will build its own electric powertrains. The German automaker’s electric motors will span the entire Volkswagen...

  • VW's up! concept: the Beetle legacy continues
    VW's Up! concept: The Beetle legacy continues

    Volkswagen looks to be returning to its roots with the recently unmasked up! concept. A rear-engined, three-door, four-seat city car, the up! evokes many of the key design elements and emotions of the original Beetle. A unique feature of the concept is the collapsible/removable seating. Every seat...

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