Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013 Volkswagen XL1 Diesel Hybrid - 261 mpg

It looks like the Germans are finally stepping up to the plate with fuel-efficient cars, and with German engineering, we should see some fairly sizable leaps in technology in the next few years.   With the US federal government’s latest regulations mandating that vehicles sold in the US will have to average 54.5 MPG by 2025, it looks like Volkswagen may give their lineup some serious room to spare on that average.

When it is released, the XL1 from Volkswagen will be the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a fuel consumption just under a liter of fuel per 100 km. It is a two-seater plug-in hybrid, with a range of up to 50 km in all-electric mode...and zero local emissions.

The rotating doors are super-cool, although it may still be a challenge to open them in tiny German parking spaces.

Quick Specs (sorrry abou the mix of metric/U.S):
Make:Volkswagen, Model: XL1, Year: 2013, Engine: 1.0L 2-Cylinder Diesel Hybrid, 0-62 time: 11.9sec, MPG: 261, HP: 74, Top Speed: 100mph, Seats: 2, weight: 795 kg, Aerodynamics: Cd 0.189, Center of gravity 1,153 mm high

Bottom Line:   Looks really cool, but your grandmother's Pinto will beat it on the 0-60.

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