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Volkswagen presented at the Tokyo Motor Show a plug-in hybrid version of the up!, called the twin up! concept car. This four-seat vehicle shares certain parts of its drive system with the VW XL1, including its diesel engine, electric motor, and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. VW said the only modification made to the up! production […]

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Last week Volkswagen lit up the Frankfurt Motor Show with a series of six advanced-tech Up! pre-production and concept models. The Up! microcar is meant to be frugal and small, but no one said it has to be boring or uninspired. Following are briefs on the production cars, plus a couple of way-out models we […]

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Last month, Volkswagen made waves by announcing that its ambitious One-Liter program would lead to the release of a plug-in hybrid with 261-mpg fuel economy by 2013. The car will be the culmination of more than a decade of testing and engineering that VW had long maintained would never produce a consumer vehicle—acting instead as […]

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It’s hard to keep up with the Volkswagen up! concept car. In two-and-half-years, the microcar has been unveiled as a better Smart ForTwo, a family of mini cars, an all-electric car, and most recently a lightweight diesel hybrid. VW talks about putting the car into production in a few years, but with each new iteration […]

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