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When Volkswagen showcased the Up! yesterday at the Frankfurt Motor Show, they didn't just unveil one car. What they did was demonstrate the potential of the Up! to generate a fresh series of cars, aptly called the New Small Family. The family will be small, efficient and modeled for different needs. Also Read - National Green Tribunal Fines Volkswagen Rs 500 Crore For Use of 'Cheat Device' in Diesel Cars
So, on offer are six variations of the itsy Up! – Buggy Up!, Up! Azzurra, Cross Up!, GT Up!, Eco Up! and E-Up!. Phew, think we will forget our punctuation skills if there is any more Up! Also Read - Emission Case: NGT Directs Volkswagen to Deposit Rs 100 crore by Friday or Face Action
The Buggy Up! is for the beach bums, a buggy-car, inspired by the Beetle. It doesn't have doors but what it does have are open side sills and summery colour options.
Up! Azzurra is for those who are a little away from the beach, perhaps cruising along the coastal roads before heading for daylong sail. That is why the Up! Azzurra is not called a car, it is a bridge between automobiles and yachtes. It is even made of materials that are complete waterproof and resemble a yacht.
Cross Up! which aims to solve urban driving issues. What that means is that it will have conventional four-doors and the fully independent styling of the C-pillars giving the car near van-like appearance. The Cross means that the interiors get special treatment – red centre panels, grey side panels and special colour options for the exteriors.
GT Up! is what Up! will try to emulate from the mean machines that enjoy the GT name. With the extra power to warrant the name, GT Up! could come with as much as 100 PS and more aeronautical upgrades like new grille, spoiler and a new exhaust system.
Eco Up! is VW's nod to green technology. The car will run on natural gas engine and BlueMotion Technology with the lowest emission figures. The good news is that the CNG engine will still produce a decent 68 PS of power.
E-Up! will be the electric version of the car and will probably hit the market sometime in 2013. It will come with an impressive top speed of 135 kmph with a distance of 130 km per charge.