It's no secret that VW intends to build the up! and the space up! concept cars as competitors in the budget vehicle segment.
Artist's impression of the VW Lupo (Image: AUTOMEDIA)
The name for VW's next "people car" has yet to be identified, however, it seems now as if VW is to revive the Lupo name.
Recently Volkswagen has been using a type of word play to name concept cars. The IROC study is a good example, which is the middle part of the Scirocco name (Sc-IROC-co). The Scirocco sports car is to be launched in 2008.
So, if you look at the name "up!" it is the middle part of "Lupo".
VW will launch the production version of the up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. It is destined for developing countries such as Brazil and likely to replace VW's evergreen Citi Golf in South Africa too.
Several bodystyles will be available and the range's most distinctive feature will be the rear-mounted engine, just like the one that powered the original Beetle.