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It might look like a cuter-than-usual baby hatchback, but the VW up! is more unusual than its conventional silhouette suggests, its engine sitting not up front, as it has in almost every supermini ever made, but in the rear under the boot floor, freeing up more space for passengers and luggage. This is quite a radical solution, but not half as radical as the news that this car could cost as little as £4000, a price that could earn it the 'people's car' title owned by the original VW Beetle. VW plans two versions of the up!, one very basic for emerging markets like India, and another, slightly pricier version with more equipment for Western markets like the UK. It's propelled by either a twin cylinder 600ccc engine or a 900cc triple. Little has been revealed of the twin's power output, but the three cylinder should allow the up! to reach 60mph in 12 seconds, and a top speed of over 110mph - pretty good for an economy car with the potential to return over 80mpg. Low weight is one reason for this excellent performance - the up! should weigh under 1000kg, usefully less than the 1170kg of a Polo. And it should be light - at 3.45m, it's almost 40cm shorter than VW's Fox, and only slightly longer than a Toyota Aygo.

Why is it important?
A production version of this car will appear in 2009, and though it won't get all the trick features of this concept, the rear engine, the roomy interior - bigger than anything else of this size, says VW - the small engines and the excellent fuel consumption will remain. It will also be the first time that Volkswagen - Europe's largest car manufacturer - has put a truly radical baby car into production, despite experimenting with interesting concepts for years. And all this is great news for buyers of budget baby cars, because the up! promises to be a car that costs vastly less to buy, run and own, and with a much smaller carbon footprint to boot.

This concept, at least, is about more than that new drivetrain layout as well. The bigger interior is captalised on with four lightweight, air filled seats, three of which are removable, or can be deflated and stowed some in the boot, or one under the bonnet, where there is no longer an engine, of course. The dashboard is clever too, its infotainment system controlled by proximity sensors for its 7in screen, enabling driver or passenger to select a system merely by moving a hand near the icon desired. It's claimed to be highly intuitive and entertaining to use, if unlikely to be seen on anything but the most expensive up!. Expect systems like this to appear in pricier VWs though. The production version of the up! may well get an instrument pack that provides momentary CO2 output information, as featured in this concept version.Perhaps the up!'s greatest significance is that it signals the beginning of a wave of low-cost cars to follow Renault's budget Logan saloon, which has yet to see the UK. VW, Toyota, Fiat and others are all working on low-cost car projects that could see the £4000 car - or more realistically, models costing usefully less than £5000 - becoming quite commonplace. For car buyers, that's great news.
 

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VW Tiguan
What is it?
This is VW's compact SUV, a long-awaited little brother to the Touareg 4x4, and an alternative to the Land Rover Freelander, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4. It comes with a choice of five engines, all of them turbocharged, and three trim levels, two of them on-road biased, while a third provides extra equipment to enable the Tiguan to plunge deeper off road. As ever, VW is claiming a high quality interior, and pretty much delivers it too, and if the exterior is less adventurous than the Ford Kuga's, it's tidy, well-proportioned and from the front unmistakably VW.

Why is important?
It might seem strange to be launching yet another 4x4 at a time when these vehicles are being criticised for their higher emissions, but smaller SUVs like the Tiguan continue to sell in big numbers because they play the role of family estate car rather than rampaging off-roader, offering real practicality with reasonable economy and emissions performance. The market for these cars is strong for good reasons, and VW's absence has long been surprising. The Tiguan does not offer anything especially radical compared with others of this breed, but it appears to have been thoroughly thought through with all the credentials you'd expect. These include a full-time 4-Motion four-wheel drive system, six speed automatic and manual transmissions, the manual with a low first gear almost equivalent to a crawler gear, the best towing capacity in its class, a big boot, seats that fold to form a flat load floor and a foldaway trailer hitch. And the Track&Field version, designed for more serious off-roading, is designed to provide steeper entry and departure angles over rough terrain, and features a battery of electronic aids to ensure that it doesn't get stuck.Further useful features include parking assistance - that's be popular for town-bound Tiguan users - a navigation system adapted for un-digitalised terrain using storable way-points to enable you to find your way back, a rear view camera and a panoramic roof.Engines include three petrols, and two diesels, and the Tiguan goes on sale here late this year.

Production likelihood? 10/10

i was hoping for the iroc or rsi making a preproduction appearance :(
 
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