• Jul 1, 2008
Click above for more shots of the VW One-Liter concept car

A few years back, Volkswagen introduced a concept vehicle which derived its name from its stated goal of using just one liter of fuel per one-hundred kilometers traveled, and according to CAR production version may be on the way in 2010. The original concept actually beat its lofty goal rather handily as it managed to achieve a miserly 282 miles per gallon in testing. Much of its amazing fuel-saving capability stemmed from its 660 pounds (300 kilograms) curb weight. The concept also featured a single cylinder engine and a 1+1 seating arrangement down the center of the car. While the engine is likely to be replaced by a twin-cylinder turbodiesel with hybrid drive, the carbon fiber construction and canopy-style roof are likely headed for production.

As you'd expect, such technology and carbon-heavy construction isn't going to come cheap. To offset part of the cost, the automaker is surely looking for some government assistance for purchasers of the limited edition machine, though it could still be sold at a loss. Safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control aren't lacking, but convenience items like air conditioning may be optional. In that case, we'd recommend being really comfortable with your passengers in the rather close-knit quarters.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      As if we are going to see this car in the USA . There are already so many great cars out there that aren't allowed in gas guzzling land .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical AOL fokking incomplete report. What is the projected price?
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still am disapointed their three wheeled open top concept never moved on. Oh well, this car would work great commutes, or maybe that one person 3 hour drive I take every now and again.

      I will take one please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Drill now. We dont need gas to drive cars. Granddad made corn sqweezins for his pickup but now the gov. wants to know everything and will send ya to prison for cooking corn. The gov can lower the cost of gas just as they send millions of dollars to other countries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At a time when people are already not buying many cars as it is, I really don't see them going out and buying a 2-seater car that's only good for comuting to work. It's just not a very practical or economical decision. This will be a niche vehicle at best in the US, much like the Honda Insight(also a 2-seater).

      Plus, 1L/100km is the optimum mileage(with the 1cyl gas engine as well), except to average worse during a daily commute with a larger engine. Even with the light weight, a 2cyl diesel doesn't sound the most inspiring. Get used to 20sec 0-60 times and being passed by bicyclists.

      Likely, peaople will do what they've been doing. They'll keep their current cars and when they decide to buy a new car, they'll go for something a bit more efficient but that can still hold 4-5 people.

      That said, the technology in this car will likely trickle down to VW's other offerings making them more fuel-efficient as well. VW is already a leader in Diesel technology and they have the TSI motors which offer diesel-like mileage in a gas-engined package that is cheaper than a diesel engine. The weight-savings and other efficiency techniques and such used here may eventually find their way to your Passat, Jetta, or Rabbit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If 50 years ago, you had rolled into town in a current model Civic, people might have thought you're some sort of alien (or worse, a Russian). In some time, maybe 5 years, maybe 25, vehicles like this will take their place in long commutes. And while this is perhaps a bit extreme, its only a concept today.
      'But it looks like you would get killed by an SUV'. If you're really that afraid, you might want to get a job working from home. Every day, thousands of people DON'T die while riding their motorcycles to work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Motorcycles have several components to them that these don't:

        1. Height, a motorcycle is typically at or above door window level, even in an SUV
        2. Sound, most bikes are relatively loud and noticable
        3. Manueverability, most bikes are easy to manuever out of danger at a much greater speed than a car
        4. Rider, bike riders are a niche group in this country and as such are by-and-large much more aware of their surroundings than a typical car driver. I've been riding for over 8 years and have had many more close calls than I like to think about (and despite driving more, I've had more close calls on the bike). Only because I respected the bike and had the frame of mind that all car drivers were out to kill me, did I leave myself enough room to avoid catastrophe in those situations.

        Some dipwad mom toting her 1 year old in the back of one of these while talking on the cell phone and applying lipstick is much more likely to get them both killed than someone on a bike.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike and Bungle- I think I might have made my point more clearly- These 4wheeled canoes are not the answer tomorrow. They ARE (or at least have the potential to be) part of the future of individual transportation.
        My mention of a 2008 Civic in 1958, was more to illustrate how much things change. In Detroit, bicycles are all but unknown, while in Amsterdam people watch for them. I don't see many scooters here in Chicago, but everyone knows to watch for them in Bologna. I guess my point is (and there is one) that the mentality of accepting "everyone else's" terrible behavior on the road and responding with heavier and heavier cars, is just not good. I don't have the answer of how to change peoples mindset, but other places have different (better?) ways of thingking. How did they get there?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This argument about getting hit by an SUV in a small car and kicking it have been going on forever. My 2 cents are that this has to do more with the mentality of the people and their way of life than anything else. I can't say I have been to america and know how everything is over there, but all of you should go to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and see for yourselves what safe driving means. I'll try to explain briefly. The population is around 700,000 people, and almost everybody has at least one bicycle. The taxis for tourist in the centre are pedal-driven rikshas, cyclist whirl past cars and trams on traffic lights, mothers drive with their small kids on a seat at the back of the bike or in a small carriage attached to the bike. And during rush hour the central streets are really tight from all the cars and bikes. Last time I went there I actually saw an Escalade, it was a bit out of place but still manged to roam the narrow streets. Some may say that city traffic is slow compared to a highway, and that it gives you more time to react in case of an emergency, but these people look out for each other and for pedestrians and everything seems to flow in a organized-chaotic way. I am not saying this is a solution, or that it is the right way to do things, i am simply suggesting that people elewhere are willing to take "risks", because they know that all the others are doing the same. Just as a demnostration, here is a video on youtube, you could just write "amsterdam traffic" and something will come up

        http://youtube.com/watch?v=GKcjj8p-Pow
        • 6 Years Ago
        50 years ago, the Civic would undoubtedly be the safest car on the road.

        You obviously don't understand risk, or haven't been hit by as many stupid drivers as I have, or both, but just because you don't want to die under the wheels of an SUV doesn't make you a "pussy" or someone who shouldn't leave the house.

        You get hit by someone in an SUV while in a Civic, you have a decent chance of walking away.

        You get hit by someone in an SUV while driving one of these (or a motorcycle), you're pretty much toast.

        To most people (myself included), I'll pay a bit extra in gas each year to drive the Civic. That still makes me *far* more reasonable than the retarded parents who buy 18-year-old McKenzie an SUV because they'd rather it be "the other guy" WHEN (not "if") she wrecks the thing.

        Just because people ride to work every day on a motorcycle and don't die doesn't change the fact that you're *significantly* more likely to die when using that mode of transportation. If your goal is only to make it to the next day on your bike, I'm sure you'll be fine. If you'd prefer to never be injured in a motorcycle accident, good luck with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars like this are a nice idea, except that most people cannot afford to have multiple cars for multiple purposes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My Miata, which I use as a daily driver only seats two and is no safer than this car.

        Certainly there are plenty of folks whose lifestyle would accept this as their only vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good idea. I have a motorcycle and wearing work clothes in the rain isn't really that practical with a white collar job. It's doable but, something enclosed is better. Um, insert childish insult about my manhood if you must.

      If the cost is reasonable this thing will sell.
      Ging
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the VEHICLE "EVERY" damn State or Federal senator, Assemblyperson or Congressperson should be made to have!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take the Aptera over this thing any day!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've got to commend whoever came up with this one for making such an excellent scale replica of human feces.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this car was driven by the VW chief Ferdinand Piech as his daily driver to work and back, he did it just to proof that it works. I drove it on the Autobahn in between hords of thousends of europen 42to truck which are 10 times larger than average US SUV and are driven by sleep lacking guys under hard time pressrue of delivery times..

      Piech himself reached on a drive from Wolfsburg to Hamburg a average consuption in real world metropol traffic of 0.89l/100km or 264mpg US with a average speed of 72km/h (45mph) including stop and go traffic light traffic..

      BTW the car is build after FIA race car safty regulations... including side impact and roll over standarts..

      The problem in 2002 the cost for a fully carbon chassie for the 1L was 35,000Euro without any other parts... a producer is working hard to reduce the costs for the chassie to 5000Euro... looks like they were successfull..
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