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The car will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show in March next month

Volkswagen has confirmed its XL1 hybrid for production, which will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show next month.

The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 has a plug-in diesel hybrid system that allows it to achieve 314 MPG and 31 miles on electric power alone. The CO2 emissions sits at 21 g/km, and it is considered the most aerodynamic car with a Cd figure of 0.189. It's also very light at just 1,752 pounds.


The XL1 hybrid features a 47 bhp 0.8-litre, two-cylinder diesel engine with a 27 bhp electric motor and 5.5 kWh battery pack. According to VW, the XL1 can go from 0-62 MPH in 12.7 seconds with a top speed of 98 MPH.

The XL1 also has some other interesting features, such as a design that completely covers the rear wheels to reduce drag; a pair of rear-facing mirrors on the side of the car instead of door mirrors; wing doors that swivel upwards and forwards, and slightly offset seats for the most interior space possible.


As mentioned, the XL1 is very light at just 1,752 pounds because it is mainly made of carbon monocoque. Aluminum is used on the suspension and dampers as well as ceramic for the brakes and magnesium wheels.

A price has not been confirmed yet, but some reports say the XL1 could cost as much as £70,000 ($107,000 USD). The car will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show in March next month.

Source: Autocar



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Nice, but...
By Odysseus145 on 2/21/2013 11:26:50 AM , Rating: 5
It's a fantastic piece of engineering, but if anyone's spending $100k+ on a car, they aren't that worried about gas mileage.

That said, maybe VW can use what they learned from building this thing to improve the rest of their hybrids.




RE: Nice, but...
By GotThumbs on 2/21/2013 11:44:22 AM , Rating: 1
Have you seen the price of a standard car these days. Prices are just going to get higher with all the manditory additions like rear cameras and proposed "black-boxes".

While this IS very expensive car initially, any new device is sold at a higher price for the early adopters and to try to recoup R&D costs sooner. As time goes on, the cost of production for each unit will fall and will be more affordable for the masses.

When LCD monitors first came out, a 15" monitor cost $1,000. Now you can get a 27" for $250.00 with better quality than before.

Economics and finance courses need to be taught in US high-schools IMO.


RE: Nice, but...
By michael67 on 2/21/2013 1:11:58 PM , Rating: 3
Still even if take the European prices for a US gallon, you have to drive 375.000 miles, before you earn the extra $75.000 that this car cost over a Prius.

Call me silly, but i think that thats just bad economics. o_0

And i drive a Think City EV to and from work every day, think the Tesla Model S i have ordered is a better pick. ^_^


RE: Nice, but...
By JediJeb on 2/21/2013 3:12:09 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Have you seen the price of a standard car these days. Prices are just going to get higher with all the manditory additions like rear cameras and proposed "black-boxes".


I have, and that is why the vehicle I have owned for 16 years had better last me quite a few more!!


RE: Nice, but...
By Jeffk464 on 2/21/2013 11:38:36 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Economics and finance courses need to be taught in US high-schools IMO


Good luck, maybe better start with teaching how to balance a check book.


RE: Nice, but...
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 11:55:13 AM , Rating: 2
No, it's the perfect car for the average Joe.
Sure the entry point is a little steep, but you'll be making all those $ back in a hundred years or so. In two hundred years you'd be making quite a profit.


RE: Nice, but...
By aguilpa1 on 2/26/2013 3:18:41 PM , Rating: 2
If only we were all vampires, I would snap one up in a minute.


RE: Nice, but...
By Stuka on 2/21/2013 12:24:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I love VW, but wow, talk about a product with no market. Ed Begley Jr., Bono, Sheryl Crow, Al Gore, Mrs. Bill Gates, etc. will probably buy one, but the effect from this will be minimal, infinitesimal even.


RE: Nice, but...
By JediJeb on 2/21/2013 3:07:47 PM , Rating: 3
Al Gore would probably preach that everyone else should buy one, but I doubt he ever would. Just look at the electric bill for his house and you can see he isn't that worried about his actual power consumption, just that of everyone else.


RE: Nice, but...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/21/2013 4:29:38 PM , Rating: 2
I just can't believe how ugly this thing is. For that price?


RE: Nice, but...
By Jeffk464 on 2/21/2013 11:34:14 PM , Rating: 2
I dig the front end styling and even what they did to streamline the rear wheel well looks pretty cool, but it all falls apart on the back end.


RE: Nice, but...
By Jeffk464 on 2/21/2013 11:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That said, maybe VW can use what they learned from building this thing to improve the rest of their hybrids.


Yup, they should be able to incorporate the streamlining designs into practical models without much expense. Unfortunately nobody has figured out how to do extreme weight savings on the cheap.


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