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September 16, 2011
At the 2011 IAA, Volkswagen is presenting an up! that sets a new benchmark in CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km thanks to its natural gas drive (EcoFuel) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration): the eco up!. No one envisioned a small car with a CNG natural gas drive of this type, even though this fuel offers tremendous advantages: natural gas engines are clean and enjoy tax benefits in places like Germany. When used in the smallest vehicle class, natural gas drives, besides posting record low emissions, are significantly more economical than hybrid systems, which are too expensive for the small car segment.
A buggy is more than a car, it is an automotive lifestyle feeling. Born in California in the 1960s. Based on the Beetle, which provided the engine and chassis. The rest was invented by buggy pioneers like American Bruce Meyers. Out of GRP, or glass-reinforced plastic. Buggies have had a cult following right up to today. That is reason enough for Volkswagen to now show a 21st century buggy concept based on the new up!. Not of GRP, but instead of strong, high-tech, lightweight construction steels. Yet, in developing the two-seater concept, the study still follows the original approach of the historic models from California.
up! azzurra sailing team
The up! azzurra sailing team was designed by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and Walter de Silva. Giugiaro and de Silva both grew up in nautical environments. And it was in this environment that the up! azzurra sailing team was created – a prototype of an open, small, eco-friendly automobile for the world’s marinas. Giorgetto Giugiaro, born in Garessio – a town where the sea breezes blow strong from the nearby Ligurian coast – and Walter de Silva – born in Lecco on Lake Como – have extended the potential range of the New Small Family to include a nautical version. The prototype’s name comes from a yacht club on the Costa Smeralda.
cross up!. The cross up! is still a concept car, but it shows 3 aspects very clearly. 1. How the four-door up! will look. 2. What the four-door up! might look like in a cross up! version. 3. That Volkswagen will be extending its successful cross programme over increasing numbers of models. The new cross up! too shows rugged exterior qualities. They include wheel well and side sill extensions and designed in dark anthracite and black side protection strips above the sills; worked into these strips is the "cross up!" signature. Also redesigned are the rugged bumpers with underbody protection, front and rear.
GT up!. The new up! will be offered with engine powers ranging up to 55 kW / 75 PS. That makes sense, because the up! is primarily driven in the urban world. However, the car design could handle much more power. Showing how a more powerful up! might look is the highly dynamic GT up!. 100 PS in power would be conceivable here. Fitted with such an engine, the barely 900 kg GT up! would signify affordable driving fun more than practically any other vehicle. GT stands for Gran Turismo. When an I is added for injection, its identifier refers to the Volkswagen icon. And performing on the same playing field is the GT up!.
Photos: Automotive Intelligence/VW
(Sept 14, 2011)