2013 Volkswagen Eco Up! Debuts


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    2013 Volkswagen Eco Up! | December 06, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Volkswagen Eco Up!, which runs on natural gas, biomethane or gasoline, has debuted in Europe, but Volkswagen of America told Edmunds it is not coming to the U.S.
  • "No Ups in the U.S.," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday.
  • The Eco Up! features three fuel tanks, including two for natural gas and biomethane, as well as a reserve tank for gasoline.

WOLFSBURG, Germany — The 2013 Volkswagen Eco Up!, which runs on natural gas, biomethane or gasoline, has debuted in Europe, but Volkswagen of America told Edmunds it is not coming to the U.S.

"No Ups in the U.S.," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday.

The Eco Up! features three fuel tanks, including two for natural gas and biomethane, as well as a reserve tank for gasoline.

The Eco Up! is on sale now in Europe at the U.S. equivalent of $16,915.

The alt-fuel car is equipped with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that has been modified to run on natural gas. It produces 67 horsepower and has a top speed of 104 mph.

Volkswagen noted in a statement on Wednesday that it offers six natural gas-powered vehicles in Europe, including the Passat and Passat Estate.

"In the upcoming year, the new (Volkswagen) Golf will also debut in an EcoFuel version," VW said. "In this vehicle, Volkswagen is offering one of the world's most versatile natural gas vehicle programs."

Edmunds says: A case could be made for bringing at least some of VW's natural-gas vehicles to the U.S.

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