VWup­date

The Jewish Chronicle - - CLASSIFIED -

ACOM­PACT CITY car of the fu­ture, which can still carry four adults in com­fort, has been de­vised by Volk­swa­gen. It’s just a con­cept at the mo­ment, but the up! (no cap­i­tal let­ter, but yes, the ex­cla­ma­tion mark is part of the name) is in­tended as “the in­spi­ra­tion for a new fam­ily of small, ex­tremely ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles”.

The up! mea­sures only 3.45m and the en­gine is in the rear, as seen in the orig­i­nal VW Bee­tle.

The con­cept car re­tains the recog­nis­able Volk­swa­gen “face”. The rear de­sign fea­tures a tail­gate sec­tion con­structed en­tirely from trans­par­ent ma­te­rial, with an in­set glow­ing VW roundel in the cen­tre.

The in­te­rior space has been max­imised by push­ing the wheels as far into the cor­ners as pos­si­ble. This not only frees space and re­duces front and rear over­hangs, but it also im­proves the car’s sta­bil­ity, says the com­pany.

The light­weight pas­sen­ger seats fea­ture in­flat­able pock­ets for ad­di­tional com­fort and the seats can be folded and re­moved if a large load has to be car­ried.

Cli­mate con­trols, the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem and some other func­tions are op­er­ated by soft­ware that can sense and in­ter­pret cer­tain hand move­ments. The driver is pro­vided with an ex­tra com­puter screen, show­ing real­time CO2 emis­sion fig­ures, among other in­for­ma­tion.

Wal­ter de Silva, the chief de­signer of the Volk­swa­gen Group, says “The up! is not a car whose form will be­come ob­so­lete within a very brief pe­riod of time. The up! is a clear and strong state­ment for fu­ture Volk­swa­gen

de­sign.”

What’s up!? It could be the fam­ily car of the fu­ture, from Volk­swa­gen

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