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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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By JPForums on 2/25/2013 10:04:56 AM , Rating: 2
100k miles, I do that in like two years. Average/nominal.
Cost difference = $740.74-$7407 = $6666.67/year
If I keep the car for ten years, I would have saved $66,666.67 over its lifetime.
What car do you drive? I'd love to get my hands on a car that will last 500K miles without negating the savings in completely rebuilding it. Doing so while putting on 50,000 miles per year is very impressive. Certainly I can see large diesels putting over 1M miles on with few problems, but I'm apparently looking at the wrong sedans as my expectations are significantly lower. I would not expect a hybrid with a greater number of moving parts (points of failure) and ultra light construction to hold up nearly that many miles.
who the hell drives 100k miles in the lifetime of the vehicle?
There are a lot of people in the U.S. that like to trade in their vehicles at arbitrary mileage (100K is probably a popular value) whether it has problems or not. It's not like Europe where people often drive the car into the grave. They're also a lot less consistent with their car maintenance in the U.S. than in Europe.

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