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Electric Version of the VW up! Unveiled

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As if the Volkswagen Up! wasn’t frugal enough, the engineers at VW have decided to create an all-electric version of the tiny city car: the e-up! This will in fact be Volkswagen’s very first production electric vehicle, and while it’s unlikely to make it to the states, it is a large step forward for the German manufacturer.

Congestion- charge exemption for Nissan Pixo

Nissan has made its compact city car, the Pixo, more London-friendly as it cuts emissions to sub-100g/km making it congestion-charge exempt. The car, priced from £7250, has dropped its emissions by 5g to 99g/km CO2 through changes to the engine tune and aerodynamic improvements, and there’s also new paint colours and a revised interior.

The carmaker says the vehicle combines an efficient three-cylinder engine and compact dimensions to create a small car that’s perfect for driving in the city.

World Car of the Year, VW Up

There are now almost as many ceremonies for car awards as ones for films. World Car of the Year (WCOTY) would like to become the Oscars, but it has a way to go over here where European Car of the Year is the big one. Anyway, WCOTY has decided the VW Up  is Number One. In Europe, it came second to the Vauxhall Ampera, which did not even make the WCOTY shortlist – the Chevrolet Volt, which is the same car as the Ampera has got off to a poor start in the USA.

SEAT Mii (very slightly) cheaper than identical VW Up

SEAT has revealed the prices of its budget sporty alternative to the VW Up, the Mii. It turns out that a VW badge is worth £150, because that’s how much cheaper a basic Mii is than a basic Up. It’s possible to get into Mii for only £7,845; it’s possible to get one Up for £7,995.Available to order now for a delivery in June, the Mii is mechanically identical to the VW Up and the Skoda Citigo that completes the trio.The only visible differences are the grilles of each – so when SEAT says that its car has “the joint longest wheelbase in its class,” it means joint with…you know.The bottom outlay will bag a Mii S with the 59bhp version of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine that powers every car. In the S it spits out 105g/km, but in the more expensive Ecomotive trim it has start-stop, lowering that figure to 96g/km CO2, meaning 67.3mpg. There’s a 74bhp version of the engine too, available in SE and Sport specs.