Commentary by Bob Aldons - Northstar Volkswagen
If you look closely at the picture below, you'd think that the new Volkswagen Up is actually smiling.
Reminiscent of the Herbie look from the Volkswagen Beetle all those years ago, Up throws away the rule book for small cars in Australia. And probably the most important departure from normality is the price. Up! starts from just $13990 plus on roads with Northstar VW at $16900 drive away. We'll be showcasing the new Up! in the coming weeks - or as soon as we're allowed - and we promise that you'll be thrilled with the car.
If you want to experience Volkswagen in person, call into Northstar Volkswagen at 322 Anzac Avenue Kippa-Ring on the Redcliffe Peninsula. We're only 15 minutes or so from Brisbane Airport and a leisurely drive down the highway from Noosa, Bundaberg, Maryborough, and a short trip from Nambour, Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Bribie Island. We also get a lot of our customers as FIDO - that's not a dog by the way, that's fly in drive out. With cheap airfares, our customers come in from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa and even Sydney, Melbourne and as far away as Perth.
We'll happily arrange a drive home registration and you know the best thing about this? The drive home gives you just the best running in you'll ever get. New engines love a long drive to bed everything in and you'll get the best economy you've ever experienced. Alternatively if you're time or distance poor, check us out online at www.northstarvw.com.au or read more reviews at www.mycarreview.com.au . Finally, if you can't come to us, we'll come to your home, workplace or worksite - call Northstar on 1300 894 655.
Simple line-up for tiny Volkswagen Up city car
ENTRY to a brand new Volkswagen is set to drop by $3000 in Australia when the Up city car arrives in dealers on October 6, priced from $13,990 plus on-road costs – just $500 more than the base Nissan Micra.
It will be sold in three- and five-door body styles – the latter priced $1000 higher and expected to be the best seller – both powered by a 55kW/95Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with five-speed manual gearbox.
The German company will keep the Up range simple in Australia with just one trim level and a small number of options – but an automatic transmission will not be among them.
Australian-delivered Ups come standard with air-conditioning, electric front windows and door mirrors, an MP3-compatible six-speaker CD audio system with auxiliary input, height-adjustable steering, 14-inch steel wheels and a full-size spare.
A $500 optional tablet-like ‘Maps and More’ unit plugs into a dock on the dashboard and to provides a five-inch touch-screen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and infotainment functions plus a comprehensive trip computer with efficient driving coach system and additional instruments.
Maps and More can also be used away from the vehicle and has a function to guide the owner back to their car, as well as a 32Gb SD storage card for MP3 music.
The ‘comfort style pack’ adds 15 inch alloys, front fog lights, leather trim for the steering wheel, handbrake lever and gear shifter, contrast-stitched ‘leatherette’ upholstery, heated front seats and front and rear carpet mats for $2500.
A ‘comfort drive pack’ is $600 and adds cruise control, a multi-function instrument display and rear parking sensors, which gain a visual distance guide through the Maps and More system.
A panoramic sunroof with wind deflector and blind is $1400 and metallic or pearl paint is $500.
A coup for the sub-light segment is standard autonomous city emergency braking, which operates between 5km/h and 30km/h and warns the driver of an impending forward collision and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond.
The rest of the standard safety equipment list comprises front and front-side airbags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and hill holder and seatbelt reminders for all positions.
The Up has achieved the maximum five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP.
However there are no full-length side curtain airbags to provide side impact protection for rear passengers and rear parking sensors are optional.
Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Anke Koeckler suggested that although the Up enters the Australian sub-light city car segment already populated by the likes of the Nissan Micra, Holden’s Barina Spark and the Suzuki Alto, it almost creates its own segment because it offers “benchmark safety, benchmark technology and benchmark efficiency”....read more