Report: Production Volkswagen Up! to carry ‘Lupo’ nameplate

Volkswagen E-Up! Concept

Reports coming out of the UK suggest that Volkswagen’s production version of the Up! subcompact will be sold as the Lupo. The model, which will be sold across the group’s four different brands including Audi, Seat, Skoda and V-dub, will be the center part of the company’s target to achieve global leadership by 2018.

The Volkswagen Lupo will go on sale in the UK in 2012 and is expected to go on sale in the United States in 2013. it will be the first of many models in the extended range of small cars by Volkswagen from its New Small Family lineup.

Cost saving concerns have forced engineers to switch the concept’s rear-engined/rear-wheel-drive setup for a front-wheel-drive front engine layout.

The Lupo will be positioned under the Volkswagen Polo in Europe to attract first-time V-dub buyers.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar