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VW Up! to launch at Frankfurt 2011

Sun, 07 Nov 2010

The VW Up to Launch Frankfurt 2011

It seems like an awfully long time since Volkswagen announced to the world that it was going to make a small range of city cars to cope with modern eco-sensibilities and recession-motivated downsizing. In fact as long ago as April 2009 we reported that VW were to make the Up! in Bratislava with a range of super-eco three-pot engines.

Which means that by the time the VW Up! launches – which Volkswagen has now confirmed will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 – they won’t be offering anything particularly innovative; the car world and his dog is coming up with down-sized cars. Fiat has even launched a two-pot in the Fiat 500.

But the Up! is not just any small city car, it’s a VW small city car. So we can expect it to be beautifully built and very reliable and cost a bit more than it really should. But we can always wait for the Skoda Up! if we want a funkier design at a lower price or a SEAT Up! if we want it to look a bit more athletic or…

First model out of the gate will be a three-door four seater with a choice of 3-pot petrol or diesel engines. Initially the Up! will get a normal manual ‘box, but VW are planning to offer a dual-clutch auto box later. Also due to follow on later is the Lancashire inspired electric VW Up! – the VW E-Up! – which will come along in 2013.

Starting price for the Up! is said to be around €10,000 which is about £8.5k at today’s rates.

By Cars UK