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The Smart Car Gets Some Competition from VW's New Itty-Bitty Auto

August 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

With Smart Cars dotting the street and the Nissan Leaf making appearances, it's hard to remember a time when mini-cars and eco-friendly autos were a rare sight. Hint: it was definitely less than 10 years ago.

Now it's not so difficult to rent a Prius and even Hertz has a soft spot for the Tesla, but there's plenty of space in the market for new models, and Volkswagen is accepting the challenge.

Please welcome VW's "up!" The Up! is small—under 11.6 feet long by 5.3 feet wide—and with only three cylinders and low-emissions, it manages 56 miles per gallon.

Now how much will one set you back to look cooler than your Smart Car-driving neighbors? Well, GreenCarReports states that details like this probably won't hit until the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and currently plans point to the Up! only being available in Europe at first. That's cool—the rental companies will scoop these up and that's half the fun of driving in Europe, taking something like for a joyride.

[Photo: Volkswagen/greencarreports]

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they need to make a better effort to make it more appealing to the eye, the Prius is successful in part because its good looking. the Nissan Leaf is ugly, I doubt it'll have as much success.

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