Future Cars

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept

– Four-door version of the two-door Up! Concept from Frankfurt
– 144.9″ long – 9″ longer than Up! Concept, and 1.6″ higher
– Rear-mounted gas, diesel, or electric engines
– Two-part rear door
– Up to 35.5 cu ft of cargo space (with all three passenger seats folded)
– Eighteen-inch wheels with 165/50 tires

VW says: “The small van shows that we are consistently exploiting every millimeter of space and creating an emotional design.”

We say: Tokyo, a city filled with adorable boxy runabouts, is the perfect locale to showcase the Space Up!. Like its Frankfurt brother, it has a face so cute you want to squeeze it, and interior space so vast you’ll try to squeeze as much as possible into it. It’s a very complex task creating a car that’s so simple – in both design and usability – and VW has done it extremely well. Who would have thought that a rear-engined successor to the decades-old Beetle would be so much cooler than a successor to the couple-of-years-old front-engined New Beetle?

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