Cars Volkswagen could axe Up city car in Europe

19:05  13 september  2017
19:05  13 september  2017 Source:   Autocar

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VW boss says city car 's future is in doubt due to challenges of selling small cars and meeting emissions targets in the European market. Volkswagen is considering the future of the Up in Europe .

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Volkswagen is considering the future of its Up city car in Europe, according to company boss Herbert Diess. 

While he said certain markets such as Brazil were very popular for the Up – noting that VW is localising its production there - Diess acknowledged it was more challenging in Europe. 

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“We still see a future for that segment but we have to weigh up how much profit contribution and positive CO2 effects we get from [the Up],” said Diess, speaking at the Frankfurt motor show. 

“On small cars, it’s very hard to bring [their emissions] below 93g or 95g without adding a lot of cost." 

He added: “It becomes complicated. The electric Up makes much more sense.”

The electric e-Up is more beneficial for the firm's CO2 contribution © Autocar The electric e-Up is more beneficial for the firm's CO2 contribution He also commented that, as emissions for bigger cars are reduced to less than 100g/km CO2, smaller cars, such as the Up, don't help with manufacturer emission targets in the way they once did. 

“We need [a CO2 lessening] contribution from these [smaller] cars or we have to question it. Or up the price,” he added.

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While Diess said no decision had been made on the future of the Up, he said: “Selling small cars is not easy. It’s a very European problem.”

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