Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept Highlights Fuel Economy


  • Volkswagen Twin Up! Picture

    Volkswagen Twin Up! Picture

    Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept. | November 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept, which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, may be headed for the real world.
  • The four-seater returns roughly the equivalent of 178 mph.
  • The Twin Up! Concept shares parts of its drive system with the 2014 Volkswagen XL1.

TOKYO — The Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept, which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, may be headed for the real world.

The four-seater returns 214 mpg on the European cycle or roughly the U.S. equivalent of 178 mph. It is a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Up!.

The Twin Up! Concept shares parts of its drive system with the 2014 Volkswagen XL1, including its diesel engine, electric motor and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

A Volkswagen spokesman told Edmunds/em> that this is a "concept car with production implications." But at this point, there are no specific plans to launch it in the U.S.

The Twin Up! is equipped with a 74-horsepower drive unit made up of a 0.8-liter TDI clean diesel engine, an electric motor and a seven-speed DSG transmission, along with a lithium-ion battery.

The German automaker says the concept has a driving range of 31 miles and a top speed of 78 mph in electric mode.

The concept gets a Sparkling White exterior paint treatment that changes appearance due to blue "glass flakes" mixed into the paint. Cabin controls are digital to create a "futuristic ambience," Volkswagen said.

Edmunds says: The featherweight 2014 Volkswagen XL1, the precursor of the Twin Up! Concept is being built in extremely limited quantities. It's a safe bet that the Twin Up! will be ready for prime time in short order as well.

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