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Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts

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On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen Presents Swiss, Snowboard And Other Up! Concepts

Another auto show, another Volkswagen up! concept (from here on out we capitalize and lose the annoying exclamation point). Four of them, actually. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off four new Up concepts for the Geneva Motor Show. The concepts are all about the same in exterior design, but each features an individual theme.

VW kicks off with an Up designed to show a little respect to the host of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Swiss Up is brushed in the red and white of the Swiss flag. Inside, it gets an Alcantara and leather interior with an interesting feature: pockets designed specifically for one of Switzerland's most iconic products - the Swiss Army Knife (VW says Victorinox, but we'd imagine Wengers would fit, too). You'd better not go reaching anywhere near those if you get pulled over for speeding, though.

The Winter Up isn't quite as Swiss-oriented, but it's designed to navigate the likes of the Swiss Alps. Based on the upcoming Cross Up, it includes a ski/snowboard rack mounted to its rails, with a frosty paint scheme of 'pure white' and 'Malibu blue'. Inside a similar color scheme of 'peak white' and 'glacier blue' matches the seats to the exterior. It is front-wheel drive but has electronic stability control with differential locks that VW says are ideal in ski regions.

The X Up is the "globetrotter among Ups." It is also based on the Cross Up and gets rugged accents like a utility box with lights and an underbody guard. The car gets a 'burned orange metallic' and 'anthracite' exterior with chrome accents on the roof box searchlights and fog lights. Accents inside include hand-knit Up logos, two-tone door inserts, X Up door entry sills and a special gear shift grip.

The last concept in the new Up suite is the Cargo Up, a city delivery van with 1,400 liters (up from 951 L) of cargo space. While the Up "van" won't exactly inspire a UPS fleet, it's designed for modest delivery loads like pizzeria drop-offs and pharmacy deliveries. The Cargo Up has only a driver seat and cockpit, leaving the rest of the interior open for hauling. The flat floor extends from the front passenger area on back to the rear, and a protection panel behind the front seat keeps the driver from getting beaned. The concept includes tie downs and storage compartments to keep things stable and organized.




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