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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has taken its smallest new car, the Volkswagen Up!, and crammed in 16 people in an attempt to break an unofficial world record. The three-door Volkswagen Up! is 50mm shorter than the Volkswagen Polo and is a strict four-seat hatch.

Yes, four seats for obvious safety and legal reasons, but during record attempts like this, the seats can be used to hold two or three people. Volkswagen decided to use 16 of its workers for the attempt, which involved cramming two people in the 252-litre boot, seven on the back seat, four in the front seats, two in the foot wells, and one more on the dashboard.

All 16 were successfully wedged into the poor little Up!, compressing the suspension right down to the ground. It may not sound like many but keep in mind the Volkswagen Up! is only 3.54 metres long, 1.64 metres wide, and 1.4.8 metres tall. Unfortunately, an official world record was not recorded as authorities were not on hand during the attempt.

The Volswagen Up! is set to go on sale in Germany on December 2, and will eventually come in five-door form – maybe Volkswagen will be able to cram in another six people? An electric version is also being planned for further down the track.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the Up! will go on sale Down Under in the fourth quarter of 2012, providing the brand with an new entry-level model. Prices are expected to kick off at around the $15,000 mark.




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