The CEO of Volkswagen America, Stefan Jacoby, has announced the U.S. will receive an Up! EV and a diesel-powered next-generation Beetle.

The CEO of Volkswagen America, Stefan Jacoby, has announced the U.S. will receive an Up! EV and a diesel-powered next-generation Beetle.

While little is known about the Beetle, the Up! EV will likely be a production version of the E-Up! concept. As you may recall, the E-Up! is a pure electric vehicle with lithium-ion batteries. Packing a 60 kW (40 kW continuous) electric motor, the E-Up! accelerates from 0-50 km/h (31 mph) in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph).

If the Up! name sounds familiar, Volkswagen recently unveiled the Up! Lite concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It featured a 0.8-litre two-cylinder TDI engine, with 38 kW (51 hp) and 120 Nm of torque, and a 10 kW (14 hp) electric motor. Boasting a combined output of 48 kW (65 hp), the Up! Lite had an average fuel consumption rating of 2.44 liters per 100km (equivalent to 96.4 mpg).

The Beetle will go on sale in 2012 (the diesel variant will arrive later) and the Up! EV will be launched in 2014.

Note: VW New Beetle artist rendering used for illustrative/entertainment purposes only.

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