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