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VW putting XL1 plug-in hybrid car into production

(Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is to put into production one of the most exotic vehicles ever to carry the German group’s badge – a two-seate
More r with many features normally only seen on concept cars at motor shows.

VW will start making the hybrid XL1, which burns less than one liter of diesel per 100 kilometers, has gullwing doors, enclosed rear wheels, and camera-based mirrors, in the first half of the year, it said on Thursday.

It did not give a price – analysts have pegged the XL1 at 30,000-50,000 euros ($40,000-$67,000) – nor how many it will make. VW has permission to produce up to 1,000 annually.

Power for the XL1 is provided by a system comprising a 48-horsepower twin-cylinder diesel engine and a 27-horsepower electric motor.

Europe’s biggest carmaker is a late starter on electric powertrains after saying for years that clean diesel was a better fuel-efficiency strategy than hybrids which combine a combustion engine with battery-powered electric propulsion.
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