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VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only

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    Posted: 28 Nov 2017 at 3:13pm
Earlier reports suggested Volkswagen could cancel the Up!, now reports suggest it may become an electric only city car:

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen's passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!. 

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

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This could work, but only if the price is right, and the range is increased. At the moment the e-Up! sits at £25k - which gets you a Tiguan or Passat Estate with a couple of options. There's limited options available for it and it's only available as a 5-door. If 3-door versions are available, and there's more options, it might sell well.
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Looks like I will have to invest in a very long mains extension cable, to dangle out the window of my flat, if I want to take part in the electric car future! LOL 
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Well yes, there is always that. Ermm
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It is a strange world we live in.  The emphasis seems to be on emissions and ecology but the growth area is SUVs.  Sales of the Up! peaked in Europe at 130,000 in 2013 and have declined to 96,000 last year.  Sales of the E-up were only 5,500 in 2014.  Hard to see the E-up as the future.

The Up! is third best seller in its market segment in Europe, with the Fiat 500 at #2 and the Fiat Panda at #1, so it must be considered a success in its segment.  Its just the segment is small.  The Polo sold 300,000 units in Europe last year and the Golf 490,000.  In a segment where prices have to be low, lacking economies of scale must be hard.  38,000 Citigos and 20,000 Miis help a bit but of course there are Skoda and Seat variants of the Polo and Golf too.


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I think electric is the future... It's just early days.

They do have to sort out the cost though.

I could have got a Touran (which I also have!) for what I paid for the e-up!

It is a great car though, just a bit of a rip off, as are most electric cars at this point.
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