The Volkswagen Lupo is a city car produced by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, from October 1998 to June 2005.
The Lupo was introduced in October 1998, to fill a gap at the bottom of the Volkswagen model range caused by the increasing size and weight of the Polo. The right hand drive version for the United Kingdom was launched in the spring of 1999. The 1998 Lupo was a badge engineered version of the stablemate, the 1997 SEAT Arosa.
Both use the A00 platform which is a shortened version of the Polo/Ibiza A0 platform. Initially only available in two trim variants, the budget E trim and the upgraded S trim; the range later expanded to include a Sport and GTI variant.
Petrol engines ranged from 1.0 to 1.4 (1.6 for the GTI) with diesels from 1.2 to 1.7. The differences between the E and S trim included painted door mirrors, door handles and strip, central locking, electric windows, double folding seats and opening rear windows.
Production of the Lupo was discontinued in June 2005, and was replaced by the Fox. The Lupo name is Latin, meaning wolf, and is named after its home town of Wolfsburg.
Due to the decision taken by Volkswagen, to use the Fox instead of developing any genuine replacement for the Lupo[clarification needed], resulted in SEAT being unable to produce their own version, resulting in the end of production of the Arosa in June 2004.
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