Volkswagen will formally introduce the production version of its newest – and smallest – car, the Up, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, next month. The micro-compact will reach European showrooms before year-end, though plans for a U.S. launch apparently remain “Up” in the air.
In many ways, the minicar is more like the original Volkswagen Beetle than the latest version of the Bug that TheDetroitBureau.com drove during a Berlin preview last month. (Click Here for that review.) The Up will become the smallest car in the VW line-up, at less than 12 feet nose-to-tail, focusing on the growing market for urban cruisers that can deliver space, fuel-efficiency and more driving fun than the traditional econobox.
VW first revealed the Up at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show with a conventional gasoline engine. It returned, two years later, in battery-electric form. Eventually, the maker is expecting to produce both versions.