Look Out! It’s The Up!

Look Out! It’s The Up!

This is exciting! The new Volkwagen up! is not just another small hatchback! It’s the only car whose name ends in an exclamation mark! Now the Kia Ce’ed or Cee’d or C’eed or whatever it’s called is not the only car whose name includes punctuation! The VW up! is the Westward Ho! of the car world!

It’s really hard to maintain these excitement levels without the use of either recreational drugs or extraneous punctuation! I don’t like either of them much! Errant typography notwithstanding, I really like the up!

The production version of the up! owes little other than its excitable name to the original concept! That one had a rear-mounted two-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels! It was probably too expensive to engineer and put into production! It’s a much less interesting car than that concept was! That makes me sad!

I think we’re supposed to forget the Fox! Not that that will be too much of a problem! Hardly anyone remembers that it exists in the first place! We’re supposed to see the up! as the successor to the Lupo! That was a genuinely lightweight little hatch which I fell in love with when I saw the GTI version! Who wouldn’t love a tiny little car like that with a six speed gearbox and central exit exhausts!? Oh, and the interior! It was designed for a mid-engined W12 supercar concept and Ferdinand Piech liked it so much that he wanted it in a production car! The Lupo was the next one coming down the pipeline! Result for the baby car!

The interior of the up! is quite special too! I’m a sucker for painted metal on an interior! I mourn for its passing! We wouldn’t have to go on about slush-moulded and soft-touch plastics so much if there were more painted metal inside a car! I’d be a much happier man! Only the Fiat 500 really makes much of a play of having its body colour on display to the driver and passengers! That can’t be right!! I therefore wholeheartedly welcome the huge swathe of body colour across the dashboard of the up! Volkswagen has what it calls a Personal Infotainment Device to control the telephone, sat-nav and music systems! It’s detachable! It’s new! It’s slightly bollocks!

The engines aren’t bollocks! They are ickle triples which produce either 60 or 75PS! Those German horses are slightly weedier than stout British ones but that should be enough to shift the little up! along at a decent rate! You can have it with a Stop/Start system in a Bluemotion Technology version! There will be an electrically-powered version along next year! That’s certainly exciting!

It’s a Lupo which has lost its L and O in a weightsaving measure! Not that Volkwagen have released its weight yet! That will no doubt come when the final prices and specifications are made public nearer its UK launch date! In the meantime, let’s rejoice that the Fox has finally gone the way of all flesh!

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