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2013 Volkswagen XL1 news, pictures, specifications, and information

0.9 litre combined fuel consumption was a vision – now it is a reality

• Launch of the 1-litre fuel economy car from Volkswagen

• Volkswagen to produce XL1 by handcrafting-like production methods at its Osnabrück plant in Germany

• XL1 is the most aerodynamic production car ever


The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, wîth a fuel consumption value of 0.9 l/100 km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can also cover a distance of up to 50 km in all-electric mode and therefore wîth zero local emissions.

The XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high). This gives the efficient Volkswagen the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer.

High-tech lightweight design, perfect aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery – all make it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21 g/km of CO2. If necessary, the XL1, wîth a top speed of 160 km/h, can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 12,7 seconds. Clearly, 0.9 l/100 km fuel consumption is a record figure that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, and it illustrates how Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in carmaking.

Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen's 1-litre car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to market a production car that was practical in everyday use wîth fuel consumption of one litre per 100 km. In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality. Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, developers successfully came up wîth a body concept, which delivers more everyday utility than in the two previous prototypes. While the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics in the L1, the 1-litre car presented in 2002 and in 2009, in the XL1 two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, nearly as in a conventional vehicle.

The XL1 is 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm tall. By usual automotive standards these are extreme dimensions. For comparison: a Polo has a similar length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm) but is significantly taller (1,462 mm). Even a purebred sports car like today's Porsche Boxster is 129 mm taller (1,282 mm). So, the XL1 will make a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today.

Source - Volkswagen
VOLKSWAGEN XL1 CLAIMS TOP ACCOLADE IN DESIGNS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Volkswagen XL1, the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car, has been named the winner of the Transport category in the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The car is one of 76 designs in seven categories which are on display at the Design Museum in London until 25 August. The innovative XL1 will now go on to compete for the Design of the Year 2014 award against the winners of the other categories – Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product – with the overall winner announ...[Read more...]
THE VOLKSWAGEN XL1 HITS THE STREETS OF NEW YORK
Futuristic-looking TDI® Clean Diesel plug-in hybrid nets 261 mpg on the European combined fuel economy cycle • XL1 can operate as a pure EV for up to 31 miles • Two-cylinder TDI engine displaces 0.8 liters, makes 48 horsepower • Best aerodynamics of any production car: Cd of just 0.189 • Super-low weight of 1753 pounds achieved through extensive use of carbonfiber, aluminum, and magnesium • 250 will be built at Volkswagen's Osnabrück factory in Germany New York - New Yor...[Read more...]
VOLKSWAGEN XL1, WORLD'S MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT AND AERODYNAMIC PRODUCTION CAR, MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN CHATTANOOGA
XL1 displayed at the 2013 Society of Environmental Journalists Conference Chattanooga, Tenn. - The Volkswagen XL1, the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, made its U.S. debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center today. The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (more than 200 mpg estimated in the U.S. cycle) and can cover up to 32 miles as ...[Read more...]
VOLKSWAGEN XL1, WORLD'S MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT AND AERODYNAMIC PRODUCTION CAR, MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN CHATTANOOGA
XL1 displayed at the 2013 Society of Environmental Journalists Conference Chattanooga, Tenn. - The Volkswagen XL1, the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, made its U.S. debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center today. The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (more than 200 mpg estimated in the U.S. cycle) and can cover up to 32 miles as ...[Read more...]
BMW at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).
Munich. The present and future of driving pleasure converge in the new models presented by the BMW and BMW i brands at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt am Main. One of the highlights of the world's most important car show this year is the joint premiere of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The BMW Group's first purely electrically powered vehicle to go into series production and the world's most forward-looking sports car showcase the future focus, universal appeal and broad spre...[Read more...]
BMW AT THE 2013 FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW (IAA).
Munich. The present and future of driving pleasure converge in the new models presented by the BMW and BMW i brands at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt am Main. One of the highlights of the world's most important car show, which takes place from 12 – 22 September this year, is the premiere of the BMW i3. With its passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and BMW eDrive technology designed to deliver zero-emission driving, the first series-produced...[Read more...]
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER WOWS GOODWOOD
◾Innovative 887 hp plug-in hybrid super sports car makes public dynamic debut at Festival of Speed ◾Pedigree motorsport technology delivers maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption ◾Mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine and two electric motors with lithium-ion batteries combine to deliver 0-62 mph in 2.8 secs, 211 mph top speed, plus approx. 85 mpg and 79 g/km CO2 (NEDC) ◾Independent all-wheel drive offers traction and driving dynamics benefits ◾Priced from 781,155 Euro – 'Weissach' packa...[Read more...]
The Audi tron family: New technologies for the mobility of the future
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