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Farewell, little one: Volkswagen Up production to end in 2023

Volkswagen confirms it'll kill off the tiny city car later this year, making way for the incoming electric ID.1...

Published: 11 Oct 2023

The 2023 farewells look set to continue, as Volkswagen confirms it'll stop building the Up very soon. Already we’re seeing the end of production for the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Rolls-Royce Dawn and all diesel Volvos this year, now the dinky but loveable Up is going the same way. Boo.

By the end of the year, the Up will be no more, following the cull of the electric e-Up. VW said: “Production of the up! and the e-up! at the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava will come to an end in the fourth quarter.”

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VW is keen to emphasise that while "individual configuration of the vehicle will no longer be possible", there are plenty of brand-new Up models at local dealerships waiting to be scooped up.

The Up was originally introduced in 2011, and later won the ‘World Car of the Year’ in 2012. The Up GTI was so good, TG mag made it the 'Pocket Rocket of the Year' in 2017. It’s survived more than a decade and gallantly outlasted its VW Group stablemates, the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii.

There'll be another tiny Volkswagen along in due course, though - the all electric ID.1...

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