volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars
 
volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars
sep 19, 2011

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars

 

at the official release of its ‘up!’ mini coupe during the frankfurt motor show 2011, volkswagen presents six variant concepts, including the ‘up! azzurra sailing team’ model above

during the frankfurt motor show 2011, volkswagen inaugurates the release of its ‘up!‘ car with the ‘new small family’ (‘NSF’),  a series of concept models based on the vehicle’s design. the ‘NSF’ realizes a contemporary interest amongst car manufacturers to focus on diverse market segments by offering specifically designed variant models of a single vehicle.

measuring 3.5 meters long and 1.6 meters wide (11.5 x 5.2 feet), the four-seater ‘up!’ retains much of the design of the original 2007 concept, and the 2009 prototype covered by designboom here. the engine is offered with 59 or 74-horsepower and features bluemotion energy-saving technology with start-stop for a reported 67mpg with less than 100 g/km of CO2 emissions.

with three and five -door models planned for production and an electric version (the ‘e-up!’) anticipated for release in 2013, the NSF series of variant concepts on the mini coupe includes: the luxury open-top ‘up! azzurra sailing team’, the open-top ‘buggy up!’, the ‘cross up!’, high-performance ‘GT up!’ sport coupe, and natural gas ‘eco up!’, alongside the ‘e-up!’.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘up! azzurra sailing team’ concept

 

up! azzurra sailing team created by italian designers giorgetto giugiaro and walter de silva, the ‘up! azzurra sailing team’ features an open chassis, lacking both doors and roof. the interior is designed to resemble that of a luxury yacht, including white leather seats and a mahogony dashboard with maple wood inlays.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars profile view

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars top view of interior

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘buggy up!’ concept

 

buggy up! composed of lightweight steel, the two-seater ‘buggy up!’ lacks the C-pillars of the basic model, and is slightly longer and wider but significantly shorter in height (by 1.7, 1.2, and 7.4 inches respectively). its trunklid is divided into an upward-lifting main component and a lower, downward-folding segment that functions like a tailgate. designed for the beach, the interior of the vehicle is waterproof, featuring drains in the vehicle floor. an iPod dock with integrated loudspeakers can be used in the buggy or removed for use as an external sound system.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars 3/4 rear view, ‘buggy up!’

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘buggy up!’ on exhibition at frankfurt motor show 2011 image courtesy of autoblog

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘cross up!’ concept

 

cross up! the ‘cross up!’ blends the aesthetic styling of the volkswagen ‘cross’ models with the ‘up!’, in a four-door vehicle designed for urban travel.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars 3/4 rear view, ‘cross up!’

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘GT up!’ concept

 

GT up! the ‘GT up!’ features engines of up to 100 horsepower, with a rear spoiler and a reworked front bumper that includes a cooling air intake within a honeycomb grille. two cooling air intakes integrate wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, a double flow exhaust features two chrome tailpipes.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars 3/4 rear view, ‘GT up!’

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘e-up!’ concept

 

e-up! the zero-emissions volkswagen ‘e-up!’ features a 54-horsepower electric motor, capable of reaching a top speed of 84mph. located in the underbody of the vehicle, the 18 kWh battery enables driving distances of up to 80 miles on a single charge.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars 3/4 rear view, ‘e-up!’

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars the ‘eco up!’ on exhibition at the frankfurt motor show 2011 image courtesy of autoblog

 

eco up! modeled with an exterior similar to the original ‘up!’, the ‘eco up!’ concept combines a natural gas engine with bluemotion energy-saving technology to offer carbon emissions o 79g/km. two tanks have a combined capacity of the equivalent of 19 gallons, used to power a 1.0-liter three-cylinder 67-horsepower engine.

 

volkswagen up! and new small family concept cars view of the ‘new small family’ of concept models

 

the basic ‘up!’ two-door is expected to be available in december 2011, with a three-door variant released in spring 2012. an ‘eco up!’ natural gas model without bluemotion technology is also planned for 2012, while ‘e-up!’ will be available in 2013.

 

  • where the eh-up?

    Designed in Yorkshire.

    Pg says:
  • eUp! line is not totally perfect, only by being ahead of time of batteries.
    Over the next five years at least, it could be hybrid.
    I wonder how interesting will be the HEV Up! minivan…

    Sergius says:
  • Haha, I thought about the Aye-up! too, then again, I think most British people must have done. My favourite is probably the buggy up! or the e-up!.

    tom says:
  • design/shape not so great. volkswagen can def do better.

    lj says:
  • This is Fiat not Volkswagen.

    Ram says:
  • it’s so pretty. i loved it. a two-seater with cargo space behind. super.

    jaderdavila thesmallshareholder says:
  • wondered how long it would take VW to bring something like this on-line

    love the teak & holly dash in the sail study

    also like the basic form and packaging

    dbkii says:
  • This is such an amazing useful resource that you’re providing and you give it away for free. I really like seeing websites that perceive the value of providing a quality useful resource for free. Good work.

    nick says:
  • VW can do MUCH better. I always loved VW’s taste for design. In my opinion they are Europe’s best car producer when it comes to minimalistic and decent design. I am a huge fan of the current Polo (best tail lights ever).
    However, these ‘Up!’ series (the attention mark is horrible) seem to be a step back in time, unfortunately. I hope these will never make it to production.

    Simon90 says:
  • By the way, the back side of the Eco Up! reminds me of the Tata Nano. *Puke*

    Simon90 says:
  • Yep, VW is going nowhere with this design, they were doing good up to the Passat CC of 2011 but then, with all these cornered, squarish lights and ’90s styled details, they obviously tried to go somehow the ford way, with some techno looks, but the results have been unimpressive so far.

    m25 says:
  • I like it! Just good if only has two passengers because the space is not to big but, good that it has a cargo space. – http://www.wallacevw.com/

    Kristen Watters says:

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