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THERE are very, very few ads on television that are genuinely worth watching on their own merit, but I’ve gotta say the recent ads for the VW Up really do make me smile.
The young guy, with his Grandad — funny and clever, a humorous endearing ad.
Along with the ad there is a heck of a lot to like about this new, nifty little car.
According to the latest figures almost every second Australian that has purchased a car in the last few years is already considering downsizing their vehicle to save more of the household budget— enter the Up.
I was initially reminded of an old bumper sticker I once saw on the back of a V8 ute that read ‘‘Only milk and orange juice comes in two and three litres’’ — having said that, this car with just a one-litre engine is economical and most efficient around town, yet fast with a smooth, quiet ride outside the Darwin metropolitan area heading out to, say, Noonamah and the rural area.
After inserting the key into the vice-like grip of the ignition barrel and turning, you can hardly hear the engine when it ‘‘fires’’ up.
Gear changes are smooth and effortless, thanks to the sporty looking gearstick.
The indicator stalk is on the left hand side, but I was better prepared this time around, so there were no sudden droll movements of the wipers instead of indicating an upcoming turn.
Remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons when Elmer Fudd chases him down a narrow rabbit hole— once inside the burrow, it is impossibly cavernous and much more spacious than it seems from the outside.
Thus it is with this vehicle, an almost startling amount of room for such a small car.
It looks the part, too, with lines and a shape that is destined to become a classic in the years to come.
When I went to retrieve the vehicle from a carpark, there was an instant of mild panic, as I thought the car had been stolen — it was merely tucked between a GXL Prado and Commodore and therefore almost invisible to the naked eye,
The new VW Up is a nifty little car with a one-litre engine