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VW up!: No 2-cylinder engines for us!

VW up!

VW has ruled out to use 2-cylinder engines for the VW up!.

Volkswagen has ruled out using two-cylinder engines in its Up city car, due next year.

The firm has been at the forefront of engine downsizing technology with its three-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. But R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg believes downsizing is now nearing its limits, despite the recent introduction of Fiat’s new two-cylinder TwinAir engine.

“Improvements can now only be made in performance and economy, not in making the engines any smaller,” he said. Instead, the Up will make use of three-cylinder engines that “will really advance the technology and make strong use of it”, he said.