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Would You Buy It? 2012 Volkswagen Up!

tiny cars haven’t much success here in America. Change is afoot, as more micro cars hit streets. Smart’s ForTwo may been a flop, but Fiat’s 500 is some traction in the market despite a weak debut. Is the ready to go smaller and is Volkswagen the to help us do it?

One appealing new model that went on sale in Europe is the Up! Its tiny 139.2-inch footprint and styling could make it a hit young city drivers. It like-sized competitors the Ford Ka, Panda and Hyundai i10 in Europe. from across the pond are but VW doesn’t plan on selling it Is there a market for the Up! in the U.S.?

The two-door hatch just on sale in Europe last and a four-door version was just It uses a tiny 1.0-liter engine that makes 60 or 75 depending on the version; a five-speed transmission is standard. It might be for U.S. drivers to get past its VW says the 60-hp version zero to 60 mph in 13.6 seconds and the model gets there in seconds. Swapping it out for the brand’s peppy 2.0-liter four-cylinder solve that problem.

Fewer cylinders and less than we’re accustomed to for impressive fuel economy, Volkswagen says the Up! should see a fuel economy of 56 mpg (based on New Driving Cycle standards). The standard engine start/stop also helps with numbers.

Another feature that win over safety-conscious U.S. is the Up!’s City Emergency system. At speeds lower 18 mph, it automatically brakes the car a crash.

Alternative-fuel variants also appeal: Volkswagen to add an electric Up! to the lineup in 2013; a gas version will be available,

But how much does it cost? in Europe, the four-door version start at 10,800 euro it goes on sale this That’s about $14,000 in the The two-door version is a bit cheaper. not too bad considering a 2012 Fiat 500 at $15,500.

It’s not that however. VW will have to more on the Up! to make sure it U.S. safety and emissions Then there’s the added of shipping it here. VW’s those costs with vehicles in the U.S. by building here, but the Up! is made in Slovakia. it here will certainly add to the line.

Is the Up! good enough to shake up the subcompact car market? We may never It isn’t likely Volkswagen offer it for sale here, but it should. Would you buy it?


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