Tuesday, February 22, 2011

VW UP and new small family - everything we know

We publish everything we know about New Small Family car.

These days VW plant in Bratislava is finishing preparations for the start of production of small rovers popular brands SEAT, Skoda and VW.

Volkswagen Group in 2018, wants to acquire a leading position in the global automotive industry and ahead of the Toyota - the current number one. To target to be leader in automotive can not be achieved without the smallest category segment. This small family should be expand the sell of cars in several hundreds thousand yearly.

Ever since the ambitious plan came to Wolfsburg in the table, it was clear that without the smallest car category that will not work. Instead of just focusing on the family created the lowest cost mini cars, that might not be the cheapest on the market but their price tag should be tempting enough to make the segment dominated by Asian, Italian and French brands to be able to sell several hundred thousand cars a year.

The first prize has to start well below the 8000€. The high standard of safety equipment will be commonplace, many aspects comfortable equipment will be available only at extra cost. So new small family is not focused to cheapest segment where Asian, Itial and French brands dominating. New small family will bring a bit more for a bit more money. 

The Year 2007 brought first Up! concepts. In September 2007, the IAA in Frankfurt, opened a chapter of popular modern Volkswagen. The premiere was here three-door vw up with a boxer engine installed in the rear and powered the rear axle. 3.45 m long, 1.63 m wide and 1.5 m tall truck was on a long wheelbase of only 2,19 m.
Shortly afterwards, in the same year, introduced in Tokyo extended five-door version of the VW Space Up, Which was 23 cm longer than the Up! yet it is the smallest length of the contemporary Volkswagen Fox missing 15 numbers.

In Los Angeles in 2007, showed electric version of the same car under the name Space Vw Up Blue.

After about a two-year break, the start time approached and the concept of mass production came to the next evolutionary stage, very close to final form. In Frankfurt, 2009, Volkswagen introduced the first e-Up!. At first glance, it in turn has changed so much, but really dug the whole project, Volkswagen and all the pre-prepared form. The car now had all the conventional arrangement of front and cost reasons, abandoned the idea of sounding nostalgic return to the popular flat carts with engines in the rear.

E-equipped Volkswagen Up! motor with 40 kW continuous power and peak even 60 kW, which is the 1085 kg heavy car excellent value, backed by the ideal curve with a maximum torque of 210 Nm. Standard acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h according to VW took 11.3 seconds, flexible acceleration from 30 to 50 km / h in just 3.5 seconds, top speed was 135 km / h.

Powertrain drew energy from lithium batteries (18 kWh, 240 kg) stored in the floor - part of the safety body shell. The electric motor was together with several other auxiliary devices integrated into one structural unit (140 kg) and placed at the front, along with the gearbox, differential and electrical components of the system.

Wheelbase 2.190 mm, although changed, but the total length was significantly reduced. The outer dimensions of 3.199 x 1.641 x 1.468 mm would belong to the smallest of today's automotive market in Europe.

Internally, within the Volkswagen Group, the smallest model in the car says New Small Family, which some media incorrectly translate as a new small family model. Volkswagen will produce just four very similar model range with the logos of Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen.

The production model will become the generous wheelbase of 2.45 meters, the small car group Volkswagen (Polo, Fabia, Ibiza, A1) to him and in this respect will miss almost nothing. Length eventually reaches 3.45 meters, width of 1.63 mA height of 1.5 m. The mass of the basic version would be held to around 800 kg.

In the first stage in the sale, the VW Group's focus on the hatchbacks. First, will offer only three-door model (since autumn 2011), in 2012, the market gets a five-door model. Probably micro MPV subsequent extensions in 2013. In the same year when it launches electric versions of Volkswagen and Audi. Mini cars with an internal designation of the New Small Family (NSF) will make it this summer, probably in August. Production of the smallest cars with SEAT and Skoda booted two months later, in October 2011.

The drive will initially provide two three-cylinder: a new 1.0 l petrol engine (44 kW) and diesel 1.2 TDI (55 kW). As a top design was later presented three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI engine (63 kW). Four-cylinder 1.2 TSI, the NSF was to come, we will not see it earlier than in 2012. On the contrary, further reducing the number of cylinders from three to two is not likely at this time.

The home will be Volkswagen's Bratislava plant, but the syndicate strategy in-house competition to attribute the production of components and other production units in Europe. Czech Republic, respectively. Mlada Boleslav business from which eventually came only with a contract for the supply of gearboxes MQ100.

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