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VW up! Family Expands - Web Exclusive

Each new up! concept is intended to show the versatility of the new VW city car.

Greg Emmerson
Mar 2, 2012
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At the Geneva auto show this month, VW will be showing a series of four design studies based on the new up! model. Each is intended to show the versatility of the new VW city car.

The first was inspired by the adaptable Swiss Army Knife as a tribute to the host country at the Geneva show. The swiss up! reflects the colors of the Swiss flag, with Tornado Red paintwork, white mirrors, a white dashboard and red bezels around the air vents. A leather band across the back of each seat is provided for storing the pocket knife.

Next is the winter up! based on the cross up! concept first shown in Frankfurt in 2011. With snowboards on the roof of the Pure White and Malibu Blue painted body, this concept is set for the ski slopes. The raised ride height and underbody protection create a rugged look, while the low weight, FWD and ESP with electronic diff lock, make it surprisingly agile in slippery conditions.

The x up! is also based on the cross up!, but this time equipped for night-time expeditions, thanks to a roof box with searchlights. Burnt Orange exterior paint is complemented by two-tone door inserts and hand-sewn up! logos.

Lastly, the cargo up! concept shows how you can load up for city deliveries with a big payload. Underbody protection and a raised ride height allow the cargo up! to tackle pot-holed city streets, while the rear seats have been removed to create a flat load area. A bulkhead separates the cargo from the driver, while the rear windows are body-colored to hide the contents while allowing the driver to see through.

By Greg Emmerson
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