VW Microcar on the fast-track to production VW Microcar on the fast-track to production

VW Microcar on the fast-track to production VW Microcar on the fast-track to production

VW Up! concept fq

Microcars have become extremely popular recently and many motor industry insiders are predicting that the microcar category will only pick up more steam. Manufacturers are not blind to this trend with the Smart Car brand leading the way, BMW is working hard on a city-spec Isetta revival, Toyota has responded with its diminutive iQ and VW went small with its Up! concept car. But Volkswagen has got even smaller ideas in the works and is working on a ultra tiny city car to slot in below its already miniture Up! model.

Power for the new city car will come from either a 1.2L four cylinder or even a three cylinder powerplant. The future engine is expected to feature cylinder cut-off technology so it can operate on just half of its allotment of pistons when full power isn’t necessary. All of that adds up to an estimated 1.5l/100km. VW is also looking at an electric drivetrain.

Current rumours indicate that the German automaker has given this new model priority status, working to get the car on roads by 2011. Labelled at this stage as the VW Chico. the mini motor will hopefully get a new name come launch time.

VW Up! concept fq

Microcars have become extremely popular recently and many motor industry insiders are predicting that the microcar category will only pick up more steam. Manufacturers are not blind to this trend with the Smart Car brand leading the way, BMW is working hard on a city-spec Isetta revival, Toyota has responded with its diminutive iQ and VW went small with its Up! concept car. But Volkswagen has got even smaller ideas in the works and is working on a ultra tiny city car to slot in below its already miniture Up! model.

Power for the new city car will come from either a 1.2L four cylinder or even a three cylinder powerplant. The future engine is expected to feature cylinder cut-off technology so it can operate on just half of its allotment of pistons when full power isn’t necessary. All of that adds up to an estimated 1.5l/100km. VW is also looking at an electric drivetrain.

Current rumours indicate that the German automaker has given this new model priority status, working to get the car on roads by 2011. Labelled at this stage as the VW Chico. the mini motor will hopefully get a new name come launch time.

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