The Truth About Cars » Up! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:33:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Up! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Volkswagen’s Tiny Up! Busts That Allegedly Closed Japanese Market Wide Open http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/volkswagens-tiny-up-busts-that-allegedly-closed-japanese-market-wide-open/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/volkswagens-tiny-up-busts-that-allegedly-closed-japanese-market-wide-open/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:59:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464819

Volkswagen’s ultracompact Up! is taking Japan by storm. Three weeks after its Oct. 1 release, orders for the up! have exceeded 3,000 units, The Nikkei[sub] writes.

The Nikkei thinks the diminutive 1-liter vehicle “may beat the Golf subcompact to become the German automaker’s most successful new-car launch in Japan.” The 2 door version costs 1,490,000 yen in Japan, about the price of a decently appointed kei car. Converted to dollars, it’s  $18,600, but that’s with tax and converted from obscenely high yen to obscenely low greenbacks. Trust me, in Japan, it’s a bargain.

Can’t help but noticing: 3,000 Up! in three weeks, that’s what all of Ford sold in Japan  January through September , and that’s more than double of what GM exported to Japan in the first nine months. If we believe the American Automotive Policy Council, then the Japanese car market is closed tight. But according to Volkswagen, it seems to be wide open to those who make what Japanese want.

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Let’s Get Small: Volkswagen Plans Midget SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/lets-get-small-volkswagen-plans-midget-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/lets-get-small-volkswagen-plans-midget-suvs/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 10:39:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443189 At the Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen dropped jaws with a W12 motorized monstrosity of a Bentley SUV and a 600hp off-roadable Lamborghini. While these super SUVs are good for headlines, much slighter specimens will produce volume. Volkswagen plans SUVlets based on the Polo, and is working on pocket SUVs based on VW’s midgetmobile, the Up! If you think Volkswagen’s Tiguan is small, you’ll assume that the target group for the new class of minus-sized SUVs is ants.

Germany’s Handelsblatt has it on good, albeit anonymous authority that Volkswagen wants to round out its SUV portfolio with models based on the Polo and the even smaller Up! Officially, Volkswagen neither denies nor confirms the rumor. Says a Volkswagen spokesperson:

 “We are looking at everything. SUVs are very interesting. Our modular concept allows more derivatives. No decision has been made yet.“

The paper expects the entry-level SUV to cost “significantly less than €20,000.”

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Up! Safest Car, Up!-Ends Commonly Held Beliefs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/up-safest-car-up-ends-commonly-held-beliefs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/up-safest-car-up-ends-commonly-held-beliefs/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:28:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428020

 When we talked about a four door version of Volkswagen’s hot-selling (in Europe, not available stateside) small car, the Up!, one commenter in particular equaled the car to a happy meal container and its owners to baby killers. A small car can be very safe – if its engineers know what they are doing. It just so happens that that little happy meal container is proof of it. It  was elected one of Europe’s safest cars.

Volkswagen’s Up! has been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP, the highest rating the independent European consumer protection organization can bestow.  Wait, it can do one better: Euro NCAP also gave the Up! the 2012 Advanced Award, for the UP!’s City Emergency Braking function. According to Euro NCAP, the Up! is the safest cars in its class.

As a small car, you need to be a little smarter than a dumb tank that simply barges through. The City Emergency Braking function for instance is automatically activated at speeds between 5 and 30 km/ h, and it uses a laser sensor (integrated in the upper area of the windscreen) to scan a space up to 10 meters (33 feet) in front of the Up! According to Volkswagen, the Up! is the only car in its segment that can be equipped with a City Emergency Braking function.

 

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Listen Up! Now With Four Doors! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/listen-up-now-with-four-doors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/listen-up-now-with-four-doors/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:40:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427786

After having been more or less luckless (Lupo, Fox ..)  in the minicar category, Volkswagen appears to have finally found a winner with its autocorrect-busting Up! In Germany, the two-door city car immediately took first place in its class. In December, the Up! sold nearly the same as the former class champs Renault Twingo and Toyota Aygo sold together (see table.) To make backseat drivers more comfortable, Volkswagen introduces a four-door version of the Up!

Sales Germany, Mini Segment, December And Full Year 2011

MINIS December 2011 Total 2011
Units Share Growth Units Share
Segment Total 16,261 6.7% 7.3% 177,744 5.6%
VW UP! 3,058 18.8% X 3,884 2.2%
RENAULT TWINGO 1,827 11.2% 9.7% 21,897 12.3%
TOYOTA AYGO 1,825 11.2% 76.8% 12,163 6.8%

Internally, the car is known by its acronym NSF (New Small Family). In May a four letter door NSFW (New Small Family Wagen) will arrive at dealers in Germany. By early summer, four doors will open to all of Europe.

With the four-door up! Volkswagen introduces another data-point car reviewers will have to add to their check list: The “H- point.”

The “H- point” seems to be the new G-spot for small cars, even if Volkswagen describes it in clinical detachment as “the relevant vertex of the angle formed by the seat surface and the backrest.”

The H-point of the four-door up! is 378 mm in the rear, which – so Volkswagen tells us – “is higher than in front (306 mm).”

Let’s assume that’s good.

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Volkswagen Gives You Ideas. Shows Seven Concepts At IAA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/volkswagen-gives-you-ideas-shows-seven-concepts-at-iaa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/volkswagen-gives-you-ideas-shows-seven-concepts-at-iaa/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:18:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411082

Some car companies would kill if they would have as many new cars in one year as Volkswagen shows concept cars at the Frankfurt International Auto show.  Here is a quick overview. Most of them are offshoots of the new Volkswagen up!, which seems to be Volkswagen’s carmeleon.

NILS: Singles are Germany’s largest demographic. Volkswagen will see to it that they stay alone with the electric single-seater NILS. “In Germany, 90 percent of car commuters are alone in their car,” says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Director of Volkswagen Group Research. For that, they have the company of an  aluminum space-frame body, wing doors and free-standing wheels :

e-up!: “It has been decided: a production version of the e-up! will launch on the market in 2013,” says Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, head of development of the Volkswagen Brand. A near-production study of this zero-emissions car debuts at the 2011 IAA.

eco up!: Only 79g/km in CO2 emissions, running on all natural gas, BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration), tax benefits in Germany. And take this, Toyota:  “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,” says the press release.

buggy up!: No more plastic bodies: This buggy of strong, high-tech, lightweight construction steels. Surf’s up!

up! azzurra sailing team. Seems to be a tender to Giorgetto Giugiaro’s and Walter de Silva’s (and probably Piech’s) sailing yachts. And indeed, its is called “an open, small, eco-friendly automobile for the world’s marinas.” They were not kidding when they said that with the new kit architecture, the can go for the smallest niches.

cross up!: For those up! country tours.

GT up!: The GTI of the get up! generation. 100 hp are deemed plenty for the barely 900 kg up!

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Bulk up! Volkswagen’s Smallest Heftier Than Forebears http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/bulk-up-volkswagen%e2%80%99s-smallest-heftier-than-forbears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/bulk-up-volkswagen%e2%80%99s-smallest-heftier-than-forbears/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:04:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408241

Yesterday, we talked a little about Volkswagen’s latest small car, the up! We walked down memory lane, and compared the 2012 up! with the Polo of 1975. The up! is nearly as short as the Polo of ancient times (3.54 meters). The heftier bumpers don’t leave a car designer much choice. And speaking of heft: We wondered how the up! is doing in the weight department.

When the Polo was launched in 1975, it weighed in at 685 kg (1,510 lbs) – with four guys, you could solve parking problems manually. We didn’t have much entertainment in those years, and sometimes carried a Polo to spots that were a bit inaccessible on wheels, like up a flight of stairs. This was a source of a lot of fun, especially when viewed from a beer garden across the street.

Volkswagen did not disclose the curb weight of the new up!, so we called up! Herr Schröder in Wolfsburg on Monday morning and asked.

“It’s below 1,000 kilo.”

“Can we have this with a little more precision?”

“There is a 9 in front.”

“Is that because it’s a secret, or because you don’t know yet?”

“It’s a secret.”

“I see.”

“If you guess around 950 kilo, you probably won’t make a mistake.”

“Alright.”

Then we both lamented the fact that it’s pretty much impossible to make a real light car anymore, given all the junk the car is required to drag around these days, and bid each other a wonderful week.

Now, if the powers that be are real serious about saving gas, then they should allow cars to lose weight. Less weight, less filling!

 

 

 

 

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LA Auto Show: VW Up! Lite http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/la-auto-show-vw-up-lite/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/la-auto-show-vw-up-lite/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 19:29:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337674 vwup

VW’s biggest news from LA today is the Up! Lite, no doubt designed by some uptight Germans intent on bring a strange looking, Germanically efficient vehicle to the shores of America (or Poland). Obviously a result of VW’s development of a 100+MPG 1+1 seater car, the 70 mpg Up! Lite makes up for its homely looks with in-town efficiency. But then its main competition, the Toyota iQ and Smart FortTwo aren’t exactly lookers themselves. Under the hood lurks a 0.8L TDI engine and a 10kw electric motor making for leisurely acceleration despite the featherweight kerb figures. uplaunch uplaunch1 uplaunch2 uplaunch4 vwup vwup-thumb

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