During the New York Auto Show, the new German Volkswagen Up! was named 2012 World Car of the Year and it was tested in the States. The new model is shorter in length, a bit wider and 1.5-inches shorter in height. The wheelbase is 5.3-inches longer than the Fiat. To transfer the power to the road, the engineers have offered 15-inch alloy wheels covered in 185 / 55-series Continental ContiPremiumContact 2 tires fit at all four corners. The interior of the car offered a lot of surprises. It is clean and simple, but also its design is functional. The steering wheel has no redundant audio controls and sits in front of the new basic instrument cluster. On the right side we can find a small control unit for the climate and audio functions with minimal numbers of knobs and buttons.
The new Volkswagen Up! has a lot of storage cubbies in the center stack, doors and even in the sills that flank the rear bench. In addition to the rear seats that fold flat, there is an added storage space under the floor of the cargo area. Under the hood it hides a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine capable of developing 75 horsepower and 70 lb. ft. of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 13.0 seconds. To transfer all the power to the wheels, the engineers have offered a 5-speed manual transmission.
In terms of fuel consumption know that the new Volkswagen Up! uses 40 mpg of fuel in the city and 59 mpg on the highway. The Jetta sedan has a starting price of $16.675, so the new Up! should be available for less than $15.000. The carmaker might have to move production to Morth America, Mexico in order to keep cost down as much as possible. Unfortunately this model might not reach the US market, in the end.
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