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Old 13th October 2009, 20:16   #1
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Vokswagen Up/ Lupo Mule Caught

A VW mule has been spied by our intrepid photographers doing some road testing for what will be a new sub-compact/city car for Europe's biggest automaker.
This is very likely the production prototype for the Volkswagen Up! which VW has already introduced as a concept car. But it is masking itself quite well under a shortened Polo shell so we cannot tell from the pics how much the production Up! will come to resemble the concept one we've already seen.
The Up! may come to drop its concept name and revert back to being the Lupo, a minicar model VW discontinued. Or maybe it will only lose the exclamation point. Both 3 and 5-door variants are expected, with the 5-door being a little longer. An E-Up! has also been introduced as a concept, so we can perhaps expect a fully electric version sometime later too.
The new Up!/Lupo is expected to make it to market by 2011 with a slate of compact diesel and petrol/gasoline engines from VW's stable of powerplants. The electric version has been tentatively scheduled for a 2013 release.
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Good info Sid.
But I can't find anything similar to Up! concept with the test mule.It looks like smaller polo.
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Wake up Sid !

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Much expected Volkswagen small car concept is finally unveiled in the first day of 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The small car is named UP!(the exclamation mark really is part of the car’s name) and is a clear and strong statement for future Volkswagen design according to Volkswagen.lets look into the relevance for the Indian automotive industry. This concept car UP! will be the used by Volkswagen to build its indian small car. Here is the official words Volkswagen CEO & chairman of the board Martin Winterkorn told, “We will manufacture Up! for emerging markets like India, Russia and China.” India is an important market for us, he added. Volkswagen India which recently launched its first locally-assembled Passat sedan is serious on the Indian market. It is already believed Volkswagen will roll out a premium C-segment sedan Jetta and a premium small car(possibly the Polo bluemotion). Volkswagen is building a plant in Pune which would have a capacity of 1,10,000 cars per annum. Volkswagen will build this UP! small car in this new plant. Though the plant will be ready by 2009, the up is expected to hit the indian showrooms in late 2010 or in early 2011.

Volkswagen – skoda’s parent company showcased the UP! concept (production version to be called as LUPO) to Indian buyers in the Delhi Auto Expo. At the expo, Volkswagen said that it would produce LUPO based on UP concept by 2012 for india and other developing markets. But skoda’s small car based on UP concept will be ready by 2010 and skoda is planning to showcase its small car in 2010 auto expo. Skoda’s small car will be priced in the range of Rs3 and Rs5 lakhs. Skoda would export the car to their international markets as well.


The Up or the Lupo will probably come into Indian Roads by 2012 or later, and moreover that's a VW POLO running without any camouflage and that too in a foreign location.

Wrong scoop.
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This is a Lupo.Maybe running on Up! underpinnings.
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This is a Lupo.Maybe running on Up! underpinnings.


Vokswagen Up/ Lupo Mule Caught

So this will take loooooooong time to come into Indian Roads.

Presently this car is not even considered for Indian Market, not atleast untill 2013 dawns.

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If this is Polo, then there is a hell a lot of difference between the Polo and the Golf and not just the sportiness. Someone mentioned the Golf is just the sporty model of the Polo.

However, this what we need in the small car segment. Premium makers.
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Wake up Sid !

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Much expected Volkswagen small car concept is finally unveiled in the first day of 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The small car is named UP!(the exclamation mark really is part of the car’s name) and is a clear and strong statement for future Volkswagen design according to Volkswagen.lets look into the relevance for the Indian automotive industry. This concept car UP! will be the used by Volkswagen to build its indian small car. Here is the official words Volkswagen CEO & chairman of the board Martin Winterkorn told, “We will manufacture Up! for emerging markets like India, Russia and China.” India is an important market for us, he added. Volkswagen India which recently launched its first locally-assembled Passat sedan is serious on the Indian market. It is already believed Volkswagen will roll out a premium C-segment sedan Jetta and a premium small car(possibly the Polo bluemotion). Volkswagen is building a plant in Pune which would have a capacity of 1,10,000 cars per annum. Volkswagen will build this UP! small car in this new plant. Though the plant will be ready by 2009, the up is expected to hit the indian showrooms in late 2010 or in early 2011.

Volkswagen – skoda’s parent company showcased the UP! concept (production version to be called as LUPO) to Indian buyers in the Delhi Auto Expo. At the expo, Volkswagen said that it would produce LUPO based on UP concept by 2012 for india and other developing markets. But skoda’s small car based on UP concept will be ready by 2010 and skoda is planning to showcase its small car in 2010 auto expo. Skoda’s small car will be priced in the range of Rs3 and Rs5 lakhs. Skoda would export the car to their international markets as well.


The Up or the Lupo will probably come into Indian Roads by 2012 or later, and moreover that's a VW POLO running without any camouflage and that too in a foreign location.

Wrong scoop.
Boss its a test mule not the actual car, kindly read the heading. VW is testing the chassis of the so-called UP! under grafted old gen polo bodies to fool spy photogrphers.
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Another bland looking car,IMO. It would cost a fair amount, and not really have the best features given VW and the way they introduce fresh models (the only exception being the CC).
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I Really like this car ! I've always liked Polos for their appeal to Young first drivers yet they can still be used by richer folk because of their amazing cabin class. Hopefully this will follow suit and be built well with classy materials. I hope they get it right.
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Vokswagen Up/ Lupo Mule Caught

A VW mule has been spied by our intrepid photographers doing some road testing for what will be a new sub-compact/city car for Europe's biggest automaker...
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Another bland looking car,IMO. It would cost a fair amount, and not really have the best features given VW and the way they introduce fresh models (the only exception being the CC).
Excellent scoop Sid! Would've been more helpful in the Indian car scene though as VW is looking to concentrate the sales of the Up! in India!

This is indeed the Old-Generation Polo Blue-Motion 3-Door Hatch. It's not the Lupo!

Nitin, don't judge this car by it's looks! This is probably the up-coming VW Up! underneath the Polo Blue Motion body shell!

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If this is Polo, then there is a hell a lot of difference between the Polo and the Golf and not just the sportiness. Someone mentioned the Golf is just the sporty model of the Polo.

However, this what we need in the small car segment. Premium makers.
Yep, there is a lot of difference between the Polo and the Golf! They're based on different platforms altogether!

Nope, the Golf is not a sporty version of the Polo. The Golf is the hatchback variant of the Jetta. Or rather, the Jetta is the sedan version of the Golf.
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Car already banged! Hope they get a new product tester
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its a trend these days to use the body of an older or existing model as a test car for the new vehicle. that way you attract less attention.

honda is using a smaller sized jazz body over its new small car.

few other companies are also doing the same.

VW did the same by using the body of a older generation polo, same as in this thread.
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when it will be in market? This source says by the middle of 2010. Source says Up has 18-inch wheels!

Source: AUTOZONE: VOLKSWAGEN UP TO BE LAUNCHED IN INDIA BY THE MIDDLE OF 2010

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This is the actual car caught testing in death valley, California. A 5 door version of this lupo/up will come to India in 2012 followed by the skoda version called the joyster in 2013.

Pics courtesy leftlanenews.
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Back looks more like Ritz.

So every car manufacturer wants more than a car in the sub 1.2 liter engine category.

Good for us Indians, but please bring those features too.
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