By on October 3, 2007

img_0007.jpgAutobild 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."

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9 Comments on “VW Expands Up!wards...”


  • avatar
    Steve_S

    VW should have had a full-sized Bus/van out buy now. I remember seeing a concept or a sketch that was really cool looking. They would be able to do for a mini-van what the Mini did for small cars, give them some style.

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    Pch101

    Memo to Volkswagen AG: In the US, “NSF” = insufficient funds. Not sure if it’s a great idea to name a vehicle platform after a bounced check…

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    @Pch101

    What better description of “New Small Family” than Insufficient Funds? :-)

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    “the inherent dynamic problems of a tall, short, narrow, rear-engined vehicle.”

    I am old enough to have driven a hippie bus. They were horrors. Every time a truck went by (which was often as the bus had a top speed of about 60 mph), the bus would be blown into the adjoining lane.

  • avatar
    Hank

    Stein, that’s too funny, and too true.

  • avatar
    Geotpf

    Pch101: Well, KIA is a military term standing for “Killed In Action”, but that doesn’t seem to have hurt Kia Motors’ sales any.

  • avatar
    hansbos

    “the inherent dynamic problems of a tall, short, narrow, rear-engined vehicle.”

    I am old enough to have driven a hippie bus. They were horrors. Every time a truck went by (which was often as the bus had a top speed of about 60 mph), the bus would be blown into the adjoining lane.

    I drive a 1972 VW bus and with proper maintenance and a good set of Konis, I have no problems with staying in my lane, even with very high winds (like 50+ mph canyon winds on the way to Death Valley last winter).

    The problem is that many VW buses are/were not maintained well.

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    timoted

    The best thing you can do to a volkswagen is trade it in for a Kia. Volkswagen was an “entry level” car when they were made in Nazi Germany and they continue to be an “entry level” car even if they are now made by Mexicans. Fit and finish leave much to be desired. If properly maintaining a VW means replacing major parts every 30k miles, I’ll take my Kia now please.

  • avatar
    fallout11

    Cute (like many VW concepts), but Timoted has the gist of the problem with VW well covered.

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