Volkswagen announced its new up! Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, a study of a new small rear-engine car from Volkswagen. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said that the Up concept was a “real Volkswagen.” He confirmed that the concept is one variant of a potential range of vehicles that VW is calling its ‘New Small Family.’
While Winterkorn wouldn’t cough up any info on the production up! concept version, he did say that the car would be likely to reach production in a couple of years. A second concept version of the up! concept is due at the Tokyo Auto Show in October, followed by a third concept at the LA Auto Show in November.
According to previous reports, when the car hits production each variant will cater to its respective version. Pricing is expected to be 8,000 euros for Western Europe, while for emerging markets the base model of the car will be priced between 5,000 to 7,000 euro.
The up! is a city specialist, seats four passengers. Pretty roomy for a small car the Volkswagen up! concept measures 3.45 meters in length and 1.63 meters in width. The engine will sit in the rear of the car, the first rear-engined car from Volkswagen since the iconic Beetle.
Winterkorn also confirmed that Volkswagen is working on new pickups but has no plans to offer them in the U.S.
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