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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 Spuke on 2/21/2013 6:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Modern diesels in particular, get much better real-world numbers than what the EPA sticker states.
And what numbers are those? Most of the numbers I've seen for VW diesels in particular are right at rated hwy. How is that better? Also, most auto publications state that the EU's testing methods are NOT anywhere near real world. Most politely say they're optimistic at best.


By Strunf on 2/22/2013 8:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
hmm I get exactly the rated "mpg" VW states for my car, the thing is people drive differently and that counts a lot on your "mpg" performance.


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