Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Volkswagen unveils small car family
Tuesday 13 September 2011
Volkswagen has unveiled a series of six concepts related to its new Up! small car, hinting that the new model could eventually spawn a family of spin-offs.
The Volkswagen up!, revealed ahead of the public opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show, is a city model designed as a replacement for the tiny Fox, set to launch in December.
A basic small hatchback model, it will compete with the likes of the Renault Twingo and Fiat Panda (both relaunching at the Frankfurt show), but Volkswagen has bigger plans.
The German automaker revealed a series of six concept cars to accompany the launch of the up!, designed to show potential directions for the model in the future.
Among them is a 'buggy up!' an open-top, doorless model based on the Beetle and designed for an 'endless summer' and the up! Azzurra Sailing Team, a similarly open nautical version with waterproof interiors designed to be used in marinas and sporting fittings and colors that resemble a luxury yacht.
A more likely production model is the cross up!, a four-door crossover designed in the model of the CrossPolo and CrossGolf which is the strongest signal yet Volkswagen is likely to build further on the introduction of the Up!.
For racers, Volkswagen created the GT up!, a high-topped model sporting a more powerful engine than the 55kW max used on the production version, as well as a more aggressive styling and a roof-edge spoiler.
Two green models, one powered by natural gas and the other by electricity, are also on display, with Volkswagen adding that the eco up! using BlueMotion Technology could hit the roads next year.
The Franfurt Motor Show runs September 15-25 in Frankfurt, Germany.
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