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Some folks just WON'T GIVE UP!


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It is kind of asking for trouble with that on the roof....
 

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I like the quote from the police officer

"PC Andrew Hunter said the car flipped over because of its light weight."


Just creates a vision of city cars across the country all flipping over randomly onto their sides just because they're light weight.
 

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There must have been something of a breeze at the time. We had better look out for low flying Aygos next time it gets windy.
 

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The car weighs the best part of a ton. That is not a light weight.

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You certainly wouldn't want it on your foot. It is an interesting commentary on car weights, the Up is a lightweight at 900 odd kg, the original Golf GTi weighed 810kg and wasn't particularly prone to falling over.
 

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The Aerial Atom weighs in at 610 kg. Has anyone seen any of these blowing down their High Street like a tumbleweed?

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Leif said:
Collas said:
The Aerial Atom weighs in at 610 kg. Has anyone seen any of these blowing down their High Street like a tumbleweed?

Nick
There is a slight difference in that the Atom has a much lower centre of gravity hence it is much more stable. That said, I'm sure the Up is stable, but it helps not to drive into other vehicles.

I think you've put your finger on the root cause of that particular incident there.
 

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Leif said:
That said, I'm sure the Up is stable, but it helps not to drive into other vehicles.
Exactly.

But as it's lighter than most cars, it's easier to flip when it hits something on the off-side.
 

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I don't know if you lot know that the first Audi tt had a recall for the first X amount that where built and Audi had to change all the coilovers cuz the cars where tumbling over like dice all over the place!! It cost them a leg and an arm too :)
 

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Didn't Merc has same problem with the first 'A Class' kept falling over on the corners because of the high roof (centre of gravity was too high)

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Yes the Merc was unstable, but so was the Suzuki SJ410.
Our little Up! did quite well in the famous Elk test. Have a look and see (if the Google Translate link is working).

<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teknikensvarld.se%2F2011%2F06%2F12%2F14314%2Falgtestet--resultat-bil-for-bil%2F&act=url" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http://www.teknikensvarld.se/2011/06/12/14314/algtestet--resultat-bil-for-bil/&act=url
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Anything over 70 km/h is good and anything over 80 km/h is excellent. The High Up! managed 75 km/h, which is better than a lot of much higher priced cars, so I don't think we've got much to worry about!


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Sorry forgot to add the link for the Euro NCAP results. Another good result for us!!!!

<a href="http://www.euroncap.com/results/vw/up/2011/472.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.euroncap.com/results/vw/up/2011/472.aspx
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I'm sorry, I don't mean to high jack this thread, but I started a new topic on the Up! safety rather than send this thread off at a tangent. It has useful info and links etc in the technical section. I thought it would be useful for all members and easier to find.

Cheers.

Matt
 
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