Volkswagen Up Lite concept
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Volkswagen Up Lite concept

Los Angeles, California – Volkswagen showed the world premiere of its Up! Lite diesel hybrid concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.  It uses a combination of a TDI diesel engine, electric motor, and a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), and is capable of up to 3.4 L/100 km on the highway, with room for four adults.

“Volkswagen aims to be at the forefront of every level of automotive design – from the creation of an idea all the way to consumer experiences with the final product,” said Stefan Jacoby, President, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Up! Lite stands at the pinnacle of that devotion, as a clear representation of what we believe is the standard by which all other hybrid vehicles will be judged. It integrates decades of research and heritage that can be found in both today’s Volkswagens, along with those that will be available to consumers in the near future, via the Volkswagen New Small Family of vehicles.” 

At the heart of the Up! Lite is Volkswagen’s all-new hybrid powertrain consisting of an 0.8-litre, two-cylinder TDI diesel engine, and an electric motor that acts as the vehicle’s starter, alternator, and E-drive unit. On its own, the 0.8L engine produces 51 horsepower and up to 88 lbs.-ft. of torque. The electric motor, with its 13 additional horsepower, can be used to boost the TDI engine when needed, provide valuable regenerative braking, and even propel the Up! Lite on its own. The seven-speed DSG transmission ensures the driver has access to the full power range whenever needed, and allows for a 0 to 60 mph run of 12 seconds, a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph), and the exceptional fuel economy rating of 3.4 L/100 km (70 US mpg). 

The Up! Lite’s features lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber construction and an aerodynamic exterior, which comes dressed in a truly unique Liquid Blue Metallic paint to match the car’s fun and futuristic feel. The hatchback carries a low, lengthened profile that starts up front, continuing with a broad shoulder section, and a thoroughly clean profile. Side cameras stand in place of traditional outside mirrors, and 18-inch carbon fibre and aluminum wheels give a hint of sports car-like appeal.

Inside, passengers are welcomed with an intuitive touchscreen and hand motion sensors for climate controls, Internet connectivity, telephone, multimedia playback, and more. Three cameras take over for the more common rearview mirror, and an easy folding rear seat promises extra storage space.

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