Volkswagen Will Manufacture XL1: World’s Most Efficient Car

DB2013AU00161_largeAlthough Volkswagen is remaining tight-lipped about the details, the basics came through loud and clear. As announced at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the company will begin building the incredible VW XL1 later this year, offering drivers the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production vehicle in the world.

The XL1 is backed by more than 10 years of research and development to provide:

  • 261 mpg in combined travel (per European fuel-economy testing)
  • A coefficient of drag of less than 0.19—well under the marks achieved by cars like the Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius
  • CO2 emissions of 33.6 g/mile, again well under the levels emitted by the Prius or Volt
  • Up to 32 miles of all-electric, zero-emissions travel
  • Room for two in a uniquely offset seat arrangement

DB2013AU00160_largeHelping matters—along with the XL1’s slippery Cd—is a plug-in diesel-hybrid propulsion system that combines a 1.0-liter, two-cylinder clean-diesel engine married to a robust electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The former delivers 47 horsepower, and the latter pitches in with an additional 27 horses, with all of it routed through one of VW’s renowned seven-speed automatic transmissions. Now, the result won’t be neck-snapping acceleration, (the XL1 weighs a “mere” 1,753 lbs), but the XL1 is still capable of a top speed of 99 mph and can get from 0-60 mph in 12.7 seconds.

DB2013AU00216_largePer the company: “The [XL1’s] 261 mpg fuel-consumption figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in the automotive industry.”

Look for Volkswagen to release the MSRP of the VW XL1 and provide more information about its specs in the near-future.

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