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Volkswagen's New Hybrid

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On: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 2:11PM | By: Karen Cook

Volkswagen's New Hybrid

A new hybrid was recently shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. This one comes from Volkswagen and they call it the Twin Up!. It is the next offering in the XL1 line and is a plug-in hybrid version of the Up! already on the market.

Volkswagen has merged diesel and electric power seamlessly in this latest hybrid. It boasts an automatic 7-speed dual clutch transmission which is mounted in the front of the car. The electric portion runs on a 35 kW motor but keeps a .8-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine in reserve when the extra power is called for. There is also a “fuel storage system” on board placed behind the rear seats and under the trunk. Here you’ll find an 8.6 kWh lithium ion battery, a 12 volt battery, and an 8.7-gallon fuel tank.

It’s not a big car, weighing in at only 2,657 pounds, and it seats only four. But the small size and light weight combined with refined aerodynamics will give you more than 30 miles from a full charge and 214 mpg when you throw in the gas. The fuel rating was done in Europe which tends to be a little more forgiving than here in the States, so we’ll have to wait for more testing to be done to see what it’ll do on this side of the ocean. No matter which engine you are using, you’ll get a full 47 horsepower which is a huge improvement over the Up! which has only 27.

The inside is small but standard as far as interiors go, but you will find digital instrumentation and a climate control system with LED display. The show model was all white and blue inside with emphasis on the white, including the seats and steering wheel. No word on what other colors will be made available, but if this is all you get it doesn’t look good for families with young children.

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