Conceived as a modern day answer to the original "Beetle", the Volkswagen Up! concept car makes its first global appearance in Frankfurt.
Thoroughly modern, the car is described as a "city specialist" and carries up to four occupants.
It also looks like a definite answer to Toyota's Aygo, Citroen's C1 and Peugeot's 107. However, true to its Beetle heritage, Up!'s engine is placed in the rear.
Envisioned as the first derivative in a whole new model line, the Up! has been designed to be functional and user-friendly.
Just 3.5 m long with a track of 1.4 m, the concept appears larger due to its short overhangs, extended glasshouse and sloping roof. 18-inch wheels fill the little wheelarches.
Its exterior design is linked to that of the Beetle and Up! abandons a traditional grille in favour of two horizontal air vents on either side of the large VW logo.
The tailgate is constructed from a transparent material with taillights integrated into the body beneath the glass.
Inside the cabin, the car has two central displays. New interior solutions include a touchscreen with proximity sensor technology for controlling the navigation, radio, trip computer and climate control systems. An additional monitor relays key driver information.
All seats (excluding the driver's seat) can be folded, removed and stored in either the front or rear "boots" to free up space for bulky objects. In addition, much like an air mattress, air can be released from the seats to suit the comfort requirements of passengers.