| 23rd August 2011
Volkswagen has revealed a first look at its new city car, the Volkswagen up!, weeks before its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Despite the bizarre name, the car is a conventional three-door, four-seat city car with a raised roof towards the rear to give more head room for rear passengers.
Volkswagen says the car will be one of the smallest on the market and as a result, it will be one of the cheapest to run. However, the clever use of space means the boot is an impressive 251 litres, which can be extended to 951 litres with the rear seats folded.
Inside, the up! comes with coloured themes based on the exterior colour and three different trim levels; take up!, move up! and high up! Volkswagen will also reveal two special editions, up! black and up! white, from launch.
Available with a choice of 60PS and 75Ps petrol engines, the up! comes with a BlueMotion version as seen in the Golf and Polo, bringing CO2 emissions down below the 100g/km threshold.
This means the car will be exempt from the London congestion charge and Vehicle Excise Duty, but Volkswagen has also announced plans to go one further with a possible electric model in future.
Away from the new design and engine range, the up! also features new safety technology in the form of a City Emergency Braking system. This means the car will automatically detect objects at low speeds and apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.
Volkswagen will reveal full prices and specification details of its new city car closer to an expected launch date towards the end of 2011.
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