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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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RE: 314 mpg might be overstating it a little
By Solandri on 2/21/2013 2:45:43 PM , Rating: 3
Was gonna post that. Thank you for making the point.
quote:
If you drive the car 100k miles in its lifetime, going from 50 mpg to 300 mpg will save you about $6500 (assuming around $4/gal)

More relevant for comparison:

- Going from a SUV which gets 14 mpg to a 25 mpg sedan will save you about $12,600.
- Going from a 25 mpg sedan to a 50 mpg hybrid will save you about $8000.
- Should be obvious from the above, but going from a 14 mpg SUV to a 50 mpg hybrid will save you about $20,600.


RE: 314 mpg might be overstating it a little
By Spuke on 2/21/2013 3:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
- Going from a SUV which gets 14 mpg to a 25 mpg sedan will save you about $12,600.
What SUV gets 14 mpg?


RE: 314 mpg might be overstating it a little
By twhittet on 2/21/2013 4:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
Chevy Suburban for one (no, I'm not going to bother listing all the years it's rated for 14mpg or less).

I'm sure there are plenty of others out there that get that - especially real world mpg vs EPA.


RE: 314 mpg might be overstating it a little
By Spuke on 2/21/2013 6:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
I see it gets 15/21. That's not 14 and the 15 is city only mpg. I had inlaws with these and they all averaged 16 mpg in regular driving (meaning a mix of hwy and city). Also, why did you pick the Suburban? There aren't exactly a lot of these being sold and they're no where near what people buy when purchasing a SUV. It would make more sense to pick the CR-V or the Explorer as those sell in MUCH greater numbers, #11 and #16 respectively, than any other SUV.


By Souka on 2/22/2013 11:55:18 AM , Rating: 2
My wife has a Acura MDX and gets 17MPG avg
I had a Subaru Forester and got 20MPG avg

I now have a used Prius ($6k, 35k on the odo...friend of family deal). I'm averaging 47MPG.

But I did give up a bad weather capable car...but saving $1200+ year in gas is well worth it. I'll call a cab if/when needed.


By Masospaghetti on 2/22/2013 9:18:59 AM , Rating: 2
14 MPG was pretty typical of a full size V8 SUV from the previous decade...most of which are still driving around.

Toyota Sequoia is like 13/17 IIRC
Even Explorer V8's were 12/17 - 13/19


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