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Volkswagen Up! Lite

Volkswagen Up! Lite

Volkswagen Up! Lite

Volkswagen Up! Lite

Volkswagen Up! Lite

Volkswagen Up! Lite
Make Volkswagen
Model Up! Lite
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine hybrid, diesel/electric

The Volkswagen Up! Lite which was revealed at the 2009 LA Auto Show arrived hot on the heels of the Volkswagen 1L concept which debuted only a few months before. Both cars strived to be as fuel efficient as possible. But whereas the L1, with its tandem seating layout and limited cargo storage was a relatively impractical vehicle, the Up! Lite is just like any other compact four-seater as far interior space and day-to-day usage is concerned. Even the styling of the Up! Lite looks production feasible.

The hybrid drivetrain of the Up! Lite consists of a newly designed 0.8 litre two-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which produces 51 horsepower, and a 14 horsepower electric motor. The electric motor works as a pulse start module (starter, alternator and E-drive), it also reduces the load of the TDI, provides added power during acceleration and works to recover kinetic energy (regenerative braking).

In two of its operating phases, the hybrid drive of the Up! Lite was designed to operate without any TDI propulsion at all. First phase: In so-called coast-down, activated by the driver taking his or her foot off the gas pedal (car coasts, TDI engine is shut off). Second phase: Over shorter distances, e.g. in residential areas, the E-motor can power the Up! Lite all by itself. In this case, a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy. Since it is capable of pure electric driving, the configuration is classified as a full hybrid. Shifting work is handled by a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) like the one used in the new Polo. Moreover, the Volkswagen is equipped with a Stop-Start system.

All in, this frugal drive system offers 70mpg/highway (2.44 litres per 100km). Top speed is 100mph (160km/h), and the 0-60mph run is completed in 12 seconds.

Innovative technology is not just confined to the drivetrain however. The radiator grille 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 outside 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.


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