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Volkswagen’s XL1, the 235-MPG Wonder-Car

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Volkswagen XL1 super-mpg hybrid

It is now official: The Volkswagen XL1 will see production, after being introduced to the world as a concept back in 2002. Because of its unique aerodynamic design, small diesel engine and super-efficient electric motor, the new model will hold the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle on earth. The plug-in diesel hybrid will achieve 235 mpg, boasts the most aerodynamic body of any car in existence, and can travel 31 miles on electricity alone.

Volkswagen XL1: Video

View the video clip below for some amazing footage of the Volkswagen XL1 on the city roads, cruising along with its tiny diesel engine and resilient electric motor. All of the car’s stats are truly groundbreaking, and considering that the super-high mpg will actually be on a production car is a wonder in itself. Of course, the price tag of the sporty fuel-miser is thought to be rather record-breaking as well, possibly in the over-$100,000 category. Regardless of sticker shock, the big news is that the technology is not only achievable, but can perform in the real world and not just on a test track for concept cars. The engineering feats of aerodynamic design alone rank the XL1 as one of the industry’s greatest accomplishments.

Volkswagen XL1 Diesel-Electric Hybrid

XL1 runs on a 2-cylinder, 47-horsepower diesel engine and a 27-horsepower electric motor. A lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor, and the car can reach a top speed of approximately 100 mph. The new diesel-electric hybrid does the 0-to-60 run in just under 13 seconds, seats two, and looks like nothing else on the road. At the expected price, Volkswagen is unlikely to set sales records with the XL1, but that is certainly not the company’s goal with the world’s greenest car. No doubt, much of the car’s technology will show up on other Volkswagen models, and perhaps on other carmakers’ products.

For more about Volkswagen’s other vehicles see the German automaker’s official corporate website:

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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