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First Look: Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept

A glimpse of things to come?

by on Dec.02, 2009

The 2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept vehicle would be, at 70 mpg, the world's most fuel-efficient 4-seater.

The 2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept vehicle would be, at 70 mpg, the world's most fuel-efficient 4-seater, but there are no production plans.

Think of the annual industry gathering in Los Angeles, this week as auto show light.  The 2009 L.A. Auto Show is bringing with it the debut of an assortment of downsized cars, crossovers and concept vehicles, including the Volkswagen Up! Lite show car.

That’s the latest spinoff from VW’s new minicar platform, the first model, dubbed Up!, getting ready for launch next year.  The German maker has been actively showing off a variety of spinoffs, some geared for production, others, like Up! Lite, serving as a platform to try out new technology and gauge consumer reaction.

Small Cars, Big News!

Small Cars, Big News!

The three-door, with an advanced hybrid drivetrain under the hood, is laying claim to being the world’s most fuel-efficient four-seater, at least in concept form.  The drivetrain consists of a micro-sized, 0.8-liter turbodiesel generating about 50 horsepower mated to a 15 hp electric motor.  It’s the same system used in the L1 tandem two-seat concept vehicle shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, last September.

The VW Up! Lite concept makes extensive use of aerodynamics to improve fuel economy, replacing conventional mirrors with these "winglets" containing rearview cameras.

The VW Up! Lite concept makes extensive use of aerodynamics to improve fuel economy, replacing conventional mirrors with these "winglets" containing rearview cameras.

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