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Added: 02 Mar 2012
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THE car described by Volkswagen as being versatile as a Swiss Army Knife is going up in the world.

Next week’s Geneva Motor Show is the apt venue for a quartet of new up! design studies highlighting the potential of VW’s new city slicker.

First up is the Swiss up! which reflects the colours of the Swiss flag with Tornado Red paintwork, white mirror housings, a white dashboard facia and red bezels around the air vents.

And in keeping with the model’s name there’s a leather band across the back of each front seat for storing a pocket knife.

Next up is the winter up!, which is based on the cross up! concept first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn and featuring snowboards on the roof and cool Pure White and Malibu Blue paint.

The raised ride height and underbody protection create a rugged look, while the low weight of the up!, along with front-wheel drive and ESP with electronic differential lock, make it agile in slippery conditions.

Like the swiss up!, the x up! is based on the cross up!, but this time equipped for night-time expeditions, thanks to a roof box that comes with built-in searchlights. Burnt Orange exterior paint is complemented on the inside by two-tone door inserts and hand-sewn up! logos.

Lastly, there’s the cargo up! concept, which shows how you can load up the up! for city deliveries, with a 1,400-litre or 426kg payload.

Underbody protection and a raised ride height allow the cargo up! to tackle pot-holed city streets, while the rear seats have been removed to create a flat load area.

A bulkhead with the upper half made from Plexiglas separates cargo from driver, while the rear and rear side windows are body-coloured, keeping cargo safe from prying eyes while still allowing the driver to see through them.

The three-door up! goes on sale on March 5 while the five-door model is set to join the line-up in the second half of the year.

Words: Mike Torpey

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