VW Planning Up! Plug-in Hybrid

The plug-in variant would ditch the concept Up!'s hatchback profile for a more traditional sedan configuration, and offer 100 mpg fuel efficiency.

Published: 03-Oct-2007

Volkswagen (VW) is no stranger to fuel efficiency in the United States. While the company may currently known for its 200HP GTI pocket rocket and Eos retractable hardtop-chick mobile, the company also has deep roots in diesel motors.

The company is famous for its TDI engines which in recent years have been available in a number of vehicles including the New Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Touareg. TDI engines are currently on hiatus in the United States due to more stringent emissions requirements, but VW will bring to market a new Tier 2 Bin 5 TDI engine for the Jetta next year (and likely also for the Passat, New Beetle and Rabbit).

If VW has its way, consumers may have an alternative method for achieving high fuel economy with its vehicles.


CityCab's fuel consumption and emissions are both extremely low thanks to the hybrid powertrain by Toyota and the vehicle's ultra-light body.

The Aura Green Line will be what some auto observers call a 'mild hybrid,' which has a smaller battery pack than a full-hybrid vehicle such as the Escape and Mariner.

GM will introduce a hybrid car in Korea in late 2007 or early 2008. Through GM Daewoo Auto and Technology, GM's Korean operation, the carmaker is expected to unveil a hybrid-version of the Winstorm.


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