How do you build a practical car that’s highly fuel efficient? Easy: Make it small and light, give it a diesel engine, and make that engine part of a hybrid power train. Strangely, no such creature has yet hit the road. Several automakers are, however, fixing to correct that oversight. In particular, Volkswagen is testing the waters with its Up Lite concept car, which shares many components with VW’s ”New Small Family” of cars, which the company will begin offering buyers by 2012. (continue reading…)
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Volkswagen has released a nice animation showing all the great technologies and gestures that make the Volkswagen Up! Lite. Combined fuel consumption: 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway! Consisting of a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed DSG as well as a Cd value: 0.237, Volkswagen is driving CO2 emissions down to a sensational 65 g/km.
Call us extremely excited! Eat your heart out Prius and Insight owners! 70mpg, drag coefficient of .237, TDI + electric + DSG sounds amazing to us. This is the 1-Litre production model. The TDI engine portion was used in this concept. At 1500lbs w/ 65PS it will be an ideal car for the commuter. The TDI can be shut off while the E-motor will power the Up! Lite by itself using its lithium-ion battery. Top speed comes in at 100mph with a 0-60 in 12secs. The Up! Lite is schedule for a 2011 launch!
This car is the world’s most fuel-efficient four-seater
- Volkswagen’s Up! Lite concept consumes just 2.44 l/100 km (70 mpg/highway)
- Concept based on the future New Small Family from Volkswagen
Europe’s strongest automotive brand – is setting standards worldwide when it comes to efficiency with its clean high-tech TDI and TSI engines. Now this is being followed up by latest coup at the Los Angeles Auto Show (December 4 to 13): the world premiere of the Up! Lite A progressive, fuel efficient and in all details cleverly designed four-seater with a hybrid drive. Combined fuel consumption: 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway! No other car is more sustainable. With a drive concept consisting of a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as well as top aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.237), Volkswagen is driving CO2 emissions down to a sensational 65 g/km. This makes the three-door concept the world’s most fuel efficient car – and from the perspective of its overall CO2 footprint the world’s most environmentally friendly four-seat car as well. Both technically and visually, the Up! Lite is a preview of the future. The image of the car body with its clean lines, as though sculpted from a block of aluminium, underscores just how fascinating a car tuned to aerodynamic perfection can look. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen Up! Lite premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show’