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Volkswagen unveils production ready XL1 plug-in hybrid ahead of Geneva

Volkswagen finally announced the production version of its much rumored and anticipated XL1 plug-in electric hybrid, which VW touts to be the most fuel efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world. The new eco-friendly coupe is set to debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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The 2014 Volkswagen XL1’s hybrid powertrain combines a 48hp two-cylinder turbodiesel, which is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch cog swapper and a 27hp electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery. The estimated figures for fuel economy are about 0.9 l/100km, or roughly 261 mpg in Imperial measurement, while 60 is said to pass by in just 12.7 seconds.

This is of course aided by the Volkswagen XL1’s advanced and lightweight design, which has an astonishing drag coefficient of just 0.189 and a super low center of gravity. In all electric mode, Volkswagen says that the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh of power to cover the distance of one kilometer.

No word on pricing, sales timing, or how many XL1s will exist in this world in production form. And until then, a press release after the jump.

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

0.9 litre combined fuel consumption was a vision – now it is a reality
Wolfsburg, 21 February 2013 – The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with 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 with 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.


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