A revolution in the compact car segment: the only Volkswagen in its class - VW up!

Complete component development plus exclamation mark!

The VW up! was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid September 2011 and is already showing the potential to become a cult car. This specialist city car is only 3.54 x 1.64 metres in size, but offers generous space and comprehensive functionality, together with aboveaverage safety levels for the compact car segment. The team of engineers and technicians at Bertrandt Wolfsburg once again gave an impressive demonstration of their end-to-end expertise in engineering services.

Highly efficient development services

The expertise and commitment of the employees from the vehicle body development, exterior, doors and closures, light and visibility as well as interior teams and from the electronics, testing and powertrain departments enabled them to achieve their objective: presenting Volkswagen with development services that left the customer highly satisfied. The ability of the Bertrandt teams to fulfil complex requirements while working in partnership with VW deserves a special mention and an exclamation mark!

 

Differing body structures

The vehicle body development team joined the VW up! project in August 2008 and began working on the unaccording to plan, which allowed production of the three-door model to begin on schedule.

 

Perfect doors and closures

The Bertrandt doors and closures team was responsible for the development of the five- and three-door versions and worked on identifying technically feasible designs during the styling phase. The focus was on designing suitable joint lines for the doors. In addition to developing the door shells, creating the kinematic designs, positioning the lock systems and designing the mirrors and seals, the main challenge involved producing different components for the three brands, VW, Seat and Skoda, while keeping development and manufacturing costs low. The all-glass tailgate of the VW up! is unique and combines modern design and traditional Volkswagen durability.

Light and visibility team in demand

The members of the light and visibility team worked on the headlights and rear lights from the concept phase through to procurement approval. They focused on providing design support during the validation of the installation space, the surfacing and the lighting technology using design models. Other tasks included testing the function of the rear lights, producing concepts for improved seals and fastenings and designing a lighting system which complied with the regulations for a test vehicle in the early stages of the project.

Interior components

The interior department was responsible for functional design, package creation, design engineering and producing drawings for the greenhouse as well as door and boot panelling for the VW up!, together with derivatives for the greenhouse of the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii.