Mark your calendars Volkswagen mini-car fans.
It has just been learned that the much-anticipated Volkswagen Up! 3- and 5-door city car will have its world premiere in Paris on August 22.
After the world debut, the Up! – which will ultimately be available with either electric or small displacement gas or diesel engines – will be transported to Germany for the Frankfurt auto show in September.
The official release for the 3-door, 1.0-liter gas engine or 1.2-liter diesel engine hatchback is to be around the end of the year. The larger 5-door hatchback – also petrol powered – will be released a year later at the end of 2012.
The first MPV Up! And electric-powered models will be made available in early 2013.
The Up! will be half the size of a Volkswagen Golf and start at around $10,000.
As a family of vehicles, the Up! line will compete against vehicles like the Toyota Scion iQ, Mitsubishi i, and other tiny cars.