Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on September 17, 2008
VW shows off a new concept car called the UP. Could this be the rumored Apple / VW vehicle all of us will instantly want to go along with our iPhones and MacBook Pros? Well, if the interior is any hint, I am guessing the UP is not too far off from a future iCar. Buzz around the internet earlier in the month, was that Volkswagen and Apple were collaborating on an iCar project, so it wasn’t surprising when VW’s rear-engined up! Concept Car was introduced in Frankfurt, and a close-up of the dash’s navigation, climate, and in-car entertainment screen revealed a suspiciously Mac OS-eqsue interface, with Mac screen fonts, Mac reflections, and even Mac-like universal pictograms for each function.
According to a recent intervie with VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, there will be a "New Small Family" of value-priced rear-engined cars.
via: AutoblogGreen Like the original Volkswagen and the much newer Smart ForTwo, the up! has it’s engine mounted in the back driving the rear wheels. Unlike the Smart, the VW gets four seats into its 11.3 foot length. As a somewhat more practical challenger to the Smart, it may be interesting to look back at the history of Smart. The Smart was conceived by Swatch founder Nicholas Hayek and was originally a partnership with VW. Now VW has built this new car as a low cost urban transportation module with low CO2 emissions.”