VW Expands Up!wards
Autobild magazine reports that positive public response to VW's rear-engined up! concept car has emboldened VW to develop a whole line of machines based on the NSF (new small family) platform. The version shown in Frankfurt was a 345cm-long three-door runabout, to which VW will add a 355cm five-door and a 375cm minivan (evoking the classic Volkswagen microbus). The basic models will be introduced in 2010 and hybrids will follow in 2011. Prices will start at 6,000 Euros for the third-world variants, while Europe will get up! from 8,500 Euros onwards/upwards. Martin Winterkorn, VW's always optimistic ex-Audi boss, seems nonchalant about the inherent dynamic problems of a tall, short, narrow, rear-engined vehicle. "With stability control, we will be able to make it handle well enough." Define "well enough."