2012 Volkswagen Up

  • Volkswagen up! first drive photos

    The Volkswagen Up is one of our favorite 'forbidden fruit' cars. Sold in Europe, it's a rival to vehicles like the Chevrolet Spark in the 'A' segment. It's lightweight, simple, economical and inexpensive to buy--everything a small car should be. Some of those parameters could be about to change, as Volkswagen debates installing a high-tech powertrain in the car for even greater economy. Volkswagen Up: Forbidden Fruit First Drive According to Autocar, VW is developing an Up using the two-cylinder diesel hybrid drivetrain found in the XL1 plug-in hybrid, newly announced for production. In that...

  • Volkswagen up! production version
    VW Developing $8K Budget Car For Chinese Market: Report

    To the average U.S. car buyer, the Volkswagen Up minicar will seem pretty basic. Deliberately designed to compete at the bottom of the European market, it always feels like a quality product--but always like a minimalist one too, with few of the bells and whistles found on most cars--unless you pay...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Up minicar (German model), road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2012
    Volkswagen Up: The Coolest High-MPG Small Car We Can't Have

    The Volkswagen Up is a small, simple, very modern hatchback minicar that's fun to drive, keeps up with U.S. traffic, and returns 40 to 60 miles per gallon. But you won't be able to buy one in North America. And that's a shame. We drive a lot of cars here, most of them perfectly competent subcompact...

  • Volkswagen up! first drive photos
    Volkswagen Up Wins World Car Of The Year Award

    Most magazines and countries have their own 'Car of the Year' awards, but the accolade of 'World Car of the Year' is undoubtedly the most presigious. This year, Volkswagen's diminutive up! minicar has won the title, as judged by 66 top automotive journalists from around the world, and beating 33...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Up record attempt
    High MPG Meets 16 Passengers In Latest Volkswagen Publicity Stunt

    Producing a vehicle that can accommodate a high number of passengers whilst retaining great gas mileage is becoming a much-prized target in the automakers, with increasingly clever methods being used to squeeze high gas mileage out of mid to large-sized cars, minivans and SUVs. Cramming 16 people...

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