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Volkswagen Twin-Up Concept

We’ve received multiple reports that Volkswagen will be bringing a diesel-electric concept to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, set to take place later this month. The car, called the Twin-Up!, is based on the Up! city car, with some sources claiming this is a thinly veiled concept that will eventually enter production.

According to Automotive News Europe, the Twin-Up! will reportedly return 214 miles per gallon on the US cycle by combining an 800-cc, two-cylinder diesel and an electric motor. It will also boast plug-in capabilities, and will be able to cover 30 miles on electric power alone.

Autocar has a more complete picture of the Twin-Up!’s powertrain, though, claiming it’s a modified version of the hybrid system found in the Volkswagen XL1. The Twin-Up! will get a more potent, 47-horsepower electric motor to the XL1’s 27-hp unit, but will retain that car’s 47-hp turbodiesel. The battery pack will also grow, from 5.5 kilowatt hours to 8.6 kWh. Both of these increases are necessary due to the increased weight of the Twin-Up! – it’s some 900 pounds heavier than an XL1.

Despite the weight gain, the Twin-Up! should still feel spritely in dense, urban settings. It’ll hit 62 mph in a leisurely 15.7 seconds, but will reach 37 mph – a reasonable city speed – in 8.8 seconds. The top speed is 99 mph.

We’ll have much more on the Twin-Up! when it makes its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. Until then, be sure to check back as more info leaks out in the coming weeks.

VW to unveil diesel-electric Twin-Up! in Tokyo originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen Up!

If you’ve noticed the trend in the automotive industry wherein cars seem to keep getting bigger, well you’re not alone. For the most part. While some vehicles are getting bigger, most automakers engage in a vicious cycle wherein new models are developed to slot into the same segment left by the newly enlarged vehicle.

Take, for example, the Volkswagen Up! supermini currently offered overseas in three- and five-door bodystyles. It may be the size of an earlier Polo, but it’s smaller than the current one. But even that is apparently destined to get bigger, too.

Up! for specific markets. We don’t know which markets those are, but the Up! and its derivatives aren’t sold in the US, and it apparently isn’t destined for Europe or – contrary to what you might think – China, either.

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Volkswagen E-Load Up!

Large delivery vans might make sense in American cities with broader boulevards and ample parking day or night, but crowded European city streets demand something a little smaller. And so Volkswagen has unveiled the e-Load Up!

Based on the existing Frankfurt. The electric motor produces 81 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque, juiced by an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor to run from 0-62 miles per hour in a positively pedestrian 12.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 81 mph, traveling up to 99 miles on a single charge.

What sets the e-Load Up! apart from the passenger version, however, is its cargo capacity. Whereas the passenger Up! can take up to 951 liters (33.6 cubic feet), this version can swallow up to 1,400 liters (49 cu ft) and 306 kilograms (675 pounds) of stuff – enhanced by the fold-up passenger seat next to the driver’s. Volkswagen, for whatever reason, chose not to display the car during press days here at the show, but you can check out the few images we did scrounge up, in the gallery above, along with the press release Comments

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Volkswagen unveils the e-Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen unveiled two new electric models today, the e-Up! and e-Golf powered by lithium ion batteries and electric motors giving them ranges of 118 miles and 99 miles, respectively. The pair of VWs were designed in-house by the automaker, and critical components, including the motors, gearboxes and batteries, will be built in Germany at VW’s Kassel components plant.

Let’s start with the five-door hatchback e-Golf. It has a higher-capacity 24.2-kWh lithium ion battery mounted in the floor, and being the more upscale car, it also has a more powerful electric motor, rated at 199 pound-feet of torque from 0 rpm and 85 kW (114 horsepower). Accelerating from 0-62 miles per hour takes 10.4 seconds in the electrified seventh-generation Golf, according to VW, and top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph. As stated earlier, the powertrain gives the e-Golf a range of 118 miles, and VW is quick to point out that the car, helped by its low drag coefficient of 0.28, manages to use about 12.7 kWh of energy per 62 miles, depending on driving style.

The e-Up! is the smaller of the two EVs, a three-door hatchback with a higher drag coefficient of 0.31. The EV based on the up! is equipped with an 18.7-kWh lithium ion battery, also mounted in the floor, generating 155 lb-ft from 0 rpm and 60 kW (81 hp). With a top speed of 81 mph, a 0-62 mph time of 12.4 seconds and a range of 99 miles, there’s only one measure of performance at which it beats the e-Golf, and it greatly matters in a vehicle trying to be ultra efficient: the e-Up! uses just 11.7 kWh per 61 miles, which VW says makes it the “efficiency world champion.”

Both EVs have three drive modes, Normal, Eco and ECO+, the latter two of which progressively limit electric motor power and torque levels and vehicle functions to obtain the best fuel economy. Four levels of regenerative braking are featured on both models, D1, D2, D3 and B. Starting from level D, progressively higher levels of regenerative braking allow the e-Up! and e-Golf to recover more energy to store in the battery. The process has an effect on how the car drives as well, so as levels are raised from D to B, drivers will notice a stronger slowing effect from the electric motor – similar to engine braking in a car with a traditional engine.

Standard 230-volt wall-socket chargers will fully charge the e-up!’s 18.7 kWh battery from empty within nine hours, VW claims, and can do the same for the e-Golf’s 24.7 kWh battery within 13 hours. Step it up with an optional wall box charger for garages or carports (and charging stations) and the e-Up! will go from empty to full within six hours; it will do the same for the e-Golf within eight hours. The quickest charge comes courtesy of an optional combined charging system (CCS) using a DC power supply. Using that, the e-Up! and the e-Golf can be charged from empty to 80 percent in half an hour.

The e-Up! and e-Golf launch in Spring 2014 in Europe, followed by North American and Asian markets in late 2014 or early 2015, VW says. The automaker provided an in-depth press release for its new EVs, which you can peruse Comments

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The power of ions has overcome two models in the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-Up uses a 60-kW motor producing 155 pound-feet of torque, gets from 0-to-62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds an on to a top speed of 81 mph. It’s 18.7 kWh battery will get it a range of 100 miles, and VW figures that its ability to go 100 kilometers with 11.7 kWh of electricity will cost just three euros and two cents at current rates.

The larger e-Golf gets more powerful internals, a 24.2-kWh battery powering an 85-kW motor producing 199 lb-ft of torque, getting it from standstill to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds and on to an electronically-limited of 87 mph. It has a range of 118 miles, its cost to do 100 km only slightly higher than the e-Up at three euros and 30 cents, or 12.7 kWh.

Driving dynamics can be controlled through two driving modes and four regenerative brake modes. Each car also shares standard features like climate control and navigation, and both can be charged to about 80 percent of battery capacity in thirty minutes using the powerful CCS chargers in Germany. The e-Golf goes further, getting LED headlights as standard – the first VW to get the high-tech eyes.

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report in Autocar. That will give the automaker a 14-year lock on the design while it decides whether to move forward with a reboot of its past.

A patent doesn’t mean the Up Buggy will ever move beyond the sheet-of-paper stage, but Autocar says VW is studying the market to see if a production version is feasible. We can’t see North America ever getting it, but even so, we wouldn’t complain if they made it – especially if they put an exposed engine in back that was set off by 18-inch-long twin tailpipes jutting straight up into the air. However, for a company that aims to be the world’s number-one automaker by 2018, a niche vehicle for its mass-market brand would be a surprising use of resources.

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2013 Volkswagen Cross Up!  - front three-quarter view in city setting

The last time we saw the CrossTouran) when it goes on sale this summer in mainland Europe (UK sales remain up in the air and US sales are highly unlikely).

Overall, the styling of the production Cross Up! has stayed fairly true to the 2011 concept car, including the front and rear fascias that offer a more rugged look, stocky 16-inch wheels and roof rack side rails. Inside, this model will get unique interior enhancements such as “Cross Up!” sill plates and an instrument panel available in red, black or silver. Like the regular Up!, the Cross Up! is powered by a 74-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, and it doesn’t look like all-wheel drive will be part of the picture. For more details on the upcoming Cross Up!, check out VW’s press release posted Comments

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