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Volkswagen Considering An Up! Crossover

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On: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Considering An Up! Crossover

Based upon the strong reaction that its up! production models and concepts have inspired, Volkswagen appears ready to expand its green city car line. It's currently considering an up! crossover based upon the cross up! concept it showed in Frankfurt.

It's no surprise that Volkswagen is considering expanding the up! line. It has been showing up! concepts at nearly every major auto show of late - including a quartet at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, the up! production car, which launched in Europe recently, has won some major accolades, including World Car of the Year.

We'd already heard that Volkswagen is planning an electric up! and five-door up!, and it's considering other models, including a small crossover, reports German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Volkswagen has already shown what a crossover up! could look like. The cross up! concept from last year's Frankfurt Motor Show gave the up! a five-door layout and some burlier equipment. Volkswagen followed that crossover up with the x up! concept, an up! "globetrotter" based on the original cross up!.

So far an American future for the up! line appears bleak. Volkswagen has not committed to selling the base three-door up! here, so we're guessing that it probably won't launch future ups here either.

Though Fiat will be selling a 500 L - and possibly 500 X crossover - here, poor sales of the standard 500 don't exactly make the market tempting for other minicars. Perhaps another $1 or $2 a gallon will give Americans a friendlier disposition for tiny cars like the up!


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