Volkswagen Up: almost end of story

The Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii are no longer available in the Netherlands and after 12 years the curtain will also fall for the Volkswagen Up. The smallest Volkswagen is still available for a while, but you can no longer put it together yourself.

The end is approaching for the Volkswagen Up. Volkswagen reports that the time for its smallest model is almost over and that the Up is only available from stock. Ordering it yourself is therefore no longer an option. The Volkswagen Up is one of the longest-running Volkswagen passenger cars in the brand’s modern history. The Volkswagen Up came on the market in 2011 and, together with the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii, was part of a group of triplets. The Citigo and Mii have already disappeared from the Dutch order lists and the Up will soon be part of Volkswagen’s history.

Since the Dutch market introduction of the Volkswagen Up in 2011, just under 95,000 units have been registered in our country. This makes the Volkswagen Up the best-selling Volkswagen in the Netherlands after the Golf, Polo and Passat, measured since 1983. In 2013, the Up had its Dutch top year. At that time, no less than 16,208 new copies were registered. In that year, the Up was also the best-selling car in the Netherlands. In 2018 – when the Up was already seven years old – more than 10,000 copies were registered.

The Volkswagen Up was preceded in 2007 by an Up! called study model that the final production version came to look quite like. A year after the arrival of the Volkswagen Up, the five-door version was presented, but that was not the only variant. Volkswagen came with, among other things, a two-seater van and even a variant overloaded with crossover details that was christened Cross Up. In 2017, Volkswagen added a GTI version to the Up range. It received a 115 hp 1.0 TSI under the hood and was of course interspersed with the necessary GTI details. Just like the Citigo and Mii, the Up also came in an electric variant. The Volkswagen e-Up was presented in 2013 and initially had a range of 130 kilometers. Later that range was increased to 250 kilometers. The electric Up also had a conceptual predecessor. Fun fact: in South America, the Up is 95 percent similar to ours, but there are still striking external differences that you can read more about here. Incidentally, over the years, Volkswagen has shown various variations on the Up theme that did not make it to the production stage.

As far as we know, the Volkswagen Up will not have a direct successor, so the imminent disappearance of the Up means that another car brand is pulling its hands off the A-segment.


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