|Also called||SEAT Mii
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Platform||Volkswagen Group NSF|
|Engine||1.0 L I3 (petrol)
1.0 L I3 (CNG/petrol)
|Wheelbase||VW up!: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
SEAT Mii: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
Škoda Citigo: 2,420 mm (95.3 in)
|Length||VW up!: 3,540 mm (139.4 in)
SEAT Mii: 3,557 mm (140.0 in)
Škoda Citigo: 3,563 mm (140.3 in)
|Width||VW up!: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
SEAT Mii: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
Škoda Citigo: 1,641 mm (64.6 in)
|Height||VW up!: 1,489 mm (58.6 in)
SEAT Mii: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)
Škoda Citigo: 1,478 mm (58.2 in)
|Curb weight||VW up!: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
SEAT Mii: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
Škoda Citigo: 929 kg (2,048.1 lb)
The Volkswagen up! is a city car, part of the Volkswagen Group New Small Family (NSF) series of models, unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Production of the up! started in December 2011 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The production up! follows a series of concept cars, starting in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. All up! concepts are designed by Volkswagen Group Chief Designer Walter de'Silva and Head Designer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars marque Klaus Bischoff. Shown at the Frankfurt launch were several further up! concept cars, including a 98 hp (73 kW) GT version, a natural gas-powered Eco-up! (with CO
2 emissions of 79 g/km) and a four-door Cross model.
The original up! concept car used a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, however the 2011 production model has a less efficient front-engine, front-wheel drive layout, using the NSF platform, with a 3-cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine. A plug-in electric version, called e-up!, was launched in autumn 2013.
The Volkswagen up! won the 2012 World Car of the Year.
In February 2014 Volkswagen introduced a modified version of the up! for Latin America. The Brazilian-built up! differs from its European counterpart in length (it's 65mm longer), thanks to revisions to the floorpan's rear section to accommodate a larger fuel tank (50L instead of Europe's 35L), a full-sized spare wheel and more cargo space. All versions have revised tailgates with a painted metal section (like the Seat Mii's and Škoda Citigo's) instead of the dark glass trim used in Europe. The 5-door Brazilian up! also uses a different rear door design with sectioned glass and wind-down windows. The South American model retains the European version's safety levels with a five-star crash rating and ample use of high-strength steel elements.
At Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2011 Volkswagen unveiled the final version of the up! based on the Volkswagen New Small Family (NSF) modular architecture. The three-door bodywork is inspired by the 2007 concept up!, the engine range is 1.0 L three-cylinder gasoline 60 hp (45 kW) and 75 hp (56 kW) which is also available in CNG. The up! is a front-wheel drive with transverse engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and is 3.54 metres (139 in) long has a wheelbase of 2.42 m (95 in). The cabin is configured to four seats.
The up! is available to order in the United Kingdom since October 2011 for five models – Take up!, Move up!, High up!, up! black and up! white. British television show Top Gear presenters mock the unusual name by calling the model "Up-exclamation-mark".
It was introduced on the German market on December 3, 2011. Deliveries to other European markets began in April 2012.
SEAT Mii limited production started in October 2011 for the European market, with sales having started at the end of 2011. The final version was launched in May 2012. The Škoda Citigo was launched in the Czech Republic in October 2011. The Citigo will be sold in other countries of Europe from summer 2012, as well as in Asia (except Japan and Korea where SEAT and Škoda is unavailable), possibly including Russia if it will be produced in Kaluga. It is unknown if the up! will be sold in North America.
Japanese sales began 1 October 2012; it and the Polo are the only two products that comply with Japanese Government dimension regulations.
In 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show, Seat presented the 2014 Seat Mii by Mango model designed just for ladies, made in collaboration with the Spanish fashion company Mango.
Volkswagen has announced the up! range will be extended to include a production version of the GT up! concept, which will launch in 2013. This will feature a turbocharged version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 110 hp (82 kW) and will look similar to the concept version. An electric hybrid up! — which will be badged Blue-e-motion — will follow.
Along with the other two rebadged models, up! is the first car in its class to offer an automated braking system, called City Emergency Braking. The system is automatically activated at speeds below 30 km/h (19 mph), when a laser sensor identifies a danger of collision and activates the brakes. In the SEAT model, the system is called City Safety Assist and in the Škoda model it is called City Safe Drive.
Both engines are also available with BlueMotion technologies (SEAT: Ecomotive, Skoda: Green Tech), which incorporates a start-stop system and regenerative braking to reduce carbon emissions. Depending on markets, some 60PS and 75PS models are available with optional five-speed automatic transmission.
|Version||1.0 (60PS)||1.0 (75PS)|
|Type and number of cylinders||straight-three engine with multi-point fuel-injection|
|Displacement||999 cc (1 L; 61 cu in)|
|Power||44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) @ 5,000 rpm||55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) @ 6,200 rpm|
|Torque||95 N·m (70 lbf·ft) @ 3,000–4,300 rpm|
|Transmission, standard||5-speed manual|
|Transmission, optional||5-speed automatic|
|Top speed||161 km/h (100 mph)||171 km/h (106 mph)|
|Acceleration from 0–100 km/h||14.4 seconds||13.2 seconds|
|Fuel consumption (combined, EU-norm)||4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)||4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg-imp; 50 mpg-US)|
|CO2 emission, g/km (combined)||105 (BlueMotion 96)||108 (BlueMotion 98)|
|European emission standards||Euro 5|
From 2007 through to 2010 Volkswagen showed a number of concept versions of the up! prior to the launch of the production ready version in 2011.
2007 up! concept
The interior is designed to accommodate four adults, and features flat-folding, air inflatable seats. It also has two monitors on the dashboard, one showing vehicle statistics and the other controlling the in-car multimedia system. The car measures 3.45 metres (11 ft 4 in) in length and has a width of 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in).
2007 Space up! concept
The Space up! concept had all the features of the first up! concept, but with four-doors and 23 centimetres (9.1 in) longer at 3.68 metres (12 ft 1 in) (15 centimetres (5.9 in) shorter than the Volkswagen Fox). The 'butterfly' doors open in a similar manner to those on the Mazda RX-8; the front doors conventionally hinged at the front, whilst the rears are hinged at the rear from the C-pillar, eliminating the B-pillar. Its wheelbase is also larger at 2.56 metres (8 ft 5 in) but retains the same width as the up! at 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in).
2007 Space up! blue concept
The space up! blue was visually the same as the space up! and shared its length and width, but it included a different roof with a 150 watt solar cell which recharges the batteries. This means its height increases to 1.57 metres (5 ft 2 in) and the curb weight is a 1,090 kilograms (2,403 lb).
Twelve lithium-ion batteries give the space up! blue 45 kilowatts (61 PS; 60 bhp) of power and a 65 miles (105 km) range. Combined with Volkswagen's world's first hydrogen high temperature fuel cells (HT-FC), range is extended by 155 miles (250 km) giving total range of 220 miles (350 km).
The 3.19 metres (10 ft 6 in) long all-electric e-up! uses a 3+1 seater configuration. It uses a 60 kilowatts (82 PS; 80 bhp) (continuously rated at 40 kilowatts (54 PS; 54 bhp)) all-integrated drive electric motor, mounted at the front and drives the front wheels. This electric motor generates a torque turning force of 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) from rest. Power is sourced from 18 kilowatt-hours (kWh) lithium-ion batteries, which will give a range up to 130 kilometres (81 mi). Quick charging will charge the battery up to 80% in an hour, while a regular 230 volt plug will take five hours. The roof of the e-up! consists of a 1.4 square metre solar cell which supply power to the vehicle’s electrics, and when parked can power ventilation fans to help cool the interior when parked in bright sunlight on a hot day. The solar cells can be increased in size to a total area of 1.7 square metre by folding down the sun visors.
With a curb weight of 1,085 kilograms (2,392 lb), it can accelerate from rest to 100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) in 11.3 seconds; and should reach a top speed of 135 kilometres per hour (83.9 mph). The e-up! concept is 3.19 metres (10 ft 6 in) long, 1.64 metres (5 ft 5 in) wide, 1.47 metres (4 ft 10 in) high, and has a wheelbase of 2.19 metres (7 ft 2 in).
Interior equipment includes a touch-screen human machine interface (HMI), one notable feature allows the charge to be delayed within the HMI programming, utilising cheap-rate night-time electricity—and this can also be remotely programmed via an iPhone or similar device.
- Production version
In July 2010 VW announced the production version of the e-up! all-electric car, with sales scheduled to begin in 2013, and was subsequently unveiled at the September 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The production version has an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery able to deliver 160 km (99 mi) on the NEDC cycle, and top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). The e-up! can be charged with 2.3 kW plugged into any standard 230V socket, with 3.6 kW via a home-installed wall box or with up to 40 kW plugged into a DC fast-charging station via the optional CSS (combined charging system), which allows the battery to charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes. The production version has the same dimensions as the petrol model.
- Sales and markets
Retail deliveries began in Germany in October 2013, followed shortly after by Denmark, Sweden, France, Norway, and the Netherlands, and the UK at the end of January 2014. Pricing in Germany starts at €26,900 (~US$34,500), about €10,000 (~US$12,800) more expensive than the conventional sibling.
A total of 1,465 e-Up! cars were sold in Europe during 2013. An additional 398 units were sold in January 2014 for cumulative sales in the region of 1,863 units. The market leader is Norway, with 921 units registered through February 2014, followed by the Netherlands with 588 units sold through December 2013. Sales totaled 81 units in France through February 2014, and a total of 40 e-Up! cars were sold in Sweden through December 2013.
2009 up! Lite concept
The Volkswagen up! Lite was first revealed on the Los Angeles Auto Show 2009. It is a four seater hybrid concept car based on Volkswagen L1 technologies. The Volkswagen up! Lite concept car has a hybrid powertrain with one 0.8 litres (48.8 cu in) two-cylinder Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine and one 10 kilowatts (14 PS; 13 bhp) electric motor, using a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its technical dimension is about 3.84 metres (12 ft 7 in) in length, 1.60 metres (5 ft 3 in) in width and 1.40 metres (4 ft 7 in) high. It weighs 695 kilograms (1,532 lb), has a top-speed of 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph), and CO2 emission not more than 65 g/km.
2010 Volkswagen IN
The Volkswagen IN is a design study created by Brazilian interns of Volkswagen do Brasil which carries a significant resemblance to the up! concept cars. It is a two-seater plus luggage sub-compact capable of adopting a variety of powertrains, including a fully electric one using in-wheels electric engines. The mock-up in 1:1 scale was presented to the press on January 29, 2010.
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