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Christopher Bruce2012-05-08 13:34:21

Volkswagen Planning Up- and Polo-based SUVs

The Up Buggy borrows styling from the Manx Buggy and Volkswagen Thing

In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, a Volkswagen spokesman and VW's boss in Slovakia revealed the plans for PoloPolo Gen.5Volkswagen Polo Gen.5Germany, 2009 > present261 versions
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- and UpUp! Gen.1Volkswagen Up! Gen.1Germany, 2011 > present107 versions
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-based SUVs that will fit below the TiguanTiguan Gen.1Volkswagen Tiguan Gen.1Germany, 2007 > 2015136 versions
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in the VW lineup. 

VolkswagenVolkswagenVolkswagenGermany, 1938 > present98 models
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has already produced a concept for an Up-based off-roader called the Buggy UpBuggy up!Volkswagen Buggy up!Germany, 2011 > present3 photos

"In respect to future models, we cannot reveal anything yet. What is certain though is that we are working on these cars. Our Up variants have been very popular at auto shows. [The Up] is not a single car but a model family with many variants. That gives us a reasonable cost structure to ensure success," said boss of VW Slovakia, Albrecht Reimold. He also runs the VW plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, where the Up is built. 

The Up-based SUV would cost well under €20,000 when it is introduced according to Volkswagen. 

The production of a Polo-based SUV is also certain within Volkswagen, but fewer details are available at this time. The original plan had been to base the smaller SUV on the Suzuki SX4SX4Suzuki SX4Japan, 2006 > present63 versions
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chassis, but the breakdown of the relationship between VW and SuzukiSuzukiSuzukiJapan, 1909 > present47 models
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has caused that idea to be shelved in favor of an SUV based on the Polo. 

In Germany, compact SUVs now hold an 11.6% market share that is projected to grow to 15% by 2015. They represent current sales of 370,000 cars a year in Germany alone that could rise to 480,000 by 2015. 

The European compact SUV market has been growing over the past year with the introduction of the Opel Mokka and BMW X1X1BMW X1Germany, 2009 > present56 versions
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. Peugeot also has plans to introduce an SUV version of the 208208 Gen.1Peugeot 208 Gen.1France, 2012 > present109 versions
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Source: Automotive News and Handelsblatt

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1 comment

Man, that buggy looks sweet. Just needs to switch the beachline cruising pimp tyres for some big fat sandhogs.
08.05.2012 @ 15:34


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