2009 Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept
Press Release) To the Point: Volkswagen Premiere in Los
Angeles: Up! Lite – This car is the world’s most fuel-efficient
The ideal car for the daily commute to work
The technically challenging 2-Liter fuel consumption car might be launched globally. Many of the components of the 695 kilogram light Volkswagen are based on those of the future New Small Family, an entirely new model series that is already scheduled for market launch in initial countries at the end of 2011. The Up! Lite concept continues the Volkswagen strategy of offering high-tech and high-end quality in all of its vehicle classes, making progress affordable for every car driver. The Up! Lite was designed to be a versatile vehicle that makes trips into the city, commutes to work and naturally long trips as well significantly less expensive and more eco-friendly.
Hybrid drive enables electric driving
The centerpiece of the
Up! Lite powertrain is the newly designed 0.8 TDI two-cylinder
turbo-diesel engine with a power of 38 kW / 51 PS. Furthermore, the
electric motor (10 kW) – designed as a pulse start module (starter,
alternator and E-drive) – also reduces the load of the TDI, provides
added propulsion (boosting) and works to recover kinetic energy
(regenerative braking). During boost phases – e.g. in a quick
passing maneuver – the TDI and E-motor combine for a total power of
48 kW / 65 PS. Incidentally, a version of the TDI used in the Up!
Lite was also used aboard the L1 concept car that Volkswagen
presented in September at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Comfort and safety without compromises
Naturally, on the Up! Lite there is nothing lacking in comfort or safety. ESP is on board, airbags are on board, ample space is on board, highly advanced information and control features are on board, and it is good to know that occupants are enclosed and protected by a highly innovative safety frame of aluminium, steel and carbon fiber. The Volkswagen concept has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and accelerates to 100 km/h in a respectable 12.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 12 seconds).
"Made in Germany"
Overall, the Up! Lite is a prime example of the art of innovative engineering with the "Made in Germany" seal. And indeed not only because of its efficient powertrain and lightweight body construction. Other examples include: The radiator grille that closes and opens automatically depending on the cooling needs of the engine ("active thermal management"); and instead of a classic rearview mirror, three cameras perform this job better and more aerodynamically; when the car is parked in the summer, hot air is vented to outside the vehicle ("passive park ventilation"); an "optimized Easy-Entry feature" enables extremely comfortable entry and exit from the rear seating area; longitudinal adjustments to the driver and front passenger seats automatically adjusts seat height as well; when folding the rear bench seat, the seatback is easily unlatched by folding the rear head restraints forward ("Easy Switch"); many vehicle features (including ventilation, Internet, telephone, MP3, video, telephone, trip computer, radio) are controlled centrally via an intuitive touchscreen with hand movement sensors.
Design of the world of tomorrow
Even the most innovative
car must look good to really be fun. And the Up! Lite with its
"Liquid Blue Metallic" exterior is fun. That is because the 3.84
meter long, 1.40 meter tall and 1.60 meter wide Up! Lite makes a
futuristic, bold and – in its form – very independent appearance. It
is a car that looks as though it were cast from a single mould.
Compared to the E-Up! concept car presented at the 2009
International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, it is lower in profile
and – to satisfy even more demanding aerodynamic requirements – it
is longer, nearly reaching the length of the Polo (3.98 meters).
Already thinking about tomorrow today
By the way: In Europe, Volkswagen is currently demonstrating that minimal fuel consumption can be realized in all segments today, in the latest versions of the Polo (3.3 l/100 km; 58 mpg/highway), Golf (3.8 l/100 km; 51 mpg/highway) and Passat (4.4 l/100 km; 48 mpg/highway).