You may have just read our take on the Volkswagen Up, an excellent minicar that unfortunately won't be coming to U.S. shores. What you may not have realized is that it has two siblings, sold under different branches of the Volkswagen-Audi (VAG) empire, SEAT and Skoda, known as the Mii and Citigo. VAG is something of an expert at platform sharing, and it's not unusual to find several vehicles on the same basic platform. A Volkswagen Golf, for example, lends its underpinnings to the Jetta, Beetle, Scirocco, Audi A3, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia. Profit margins in the minicar market are narrow...
2010 Paris Motor Show: Skoda, SEAT Reveal New EVs
As you might have already gathered, the Volkswagen empire is rather big. Owning Volkswagen (obviously) and Audi and having a large stake in Porsche, they're one of the biggest and most profitable car companies on the planet. Two marques you don't see Stateside though that also play a big part in...Antony Ingram