The Volkswagen XL1 will be expensive (roughly $145,000 US, if reports are to be believed) but that doesn't mean buyers aren't interested in the sleek, hyper-efficient machine. InAutoNews reports that more people are telling VW they want to buy the 261-mpg car than VW plans to make.

We asked VW's Carsten Krebs about the situation, and he said there has been no decision regarding increasing production beyond the 250 VW is panning to build. VW has no comment on how it will deal with too-high demand, but Krebs told AutoblogGreen, "We are figuring out the best process, because we have huge interest in potential XL1 buyers." As far as we can tell, the company has three options if it doesn't want to hand-make enough cars: first come, first served, offering the cars to whoever will pay the most or make it a random lottery. We wonder where the people who won't get their mitts on an XL1 will spend their money instead. Any ideas?

The diesel-electric plug-in hybrid XL1 uses less than a liter of fuel to go 100 kilometers (burning one liter would equal 235 mpg). The plans call for the limited run of 250 to be finished by the spring of 2014. We spent some time behind the wheel of the XL1 earlier this year, as you can read here.


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      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      UNACCEPTABLE
      406z
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm starting to think between the ELR and this, car companies just make these as they used to make expensive limited production high performance cars. "We don't just make Escalades, see we make one expensive hybrid no one can afford!"
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT THE HECK! I COULD BUILD THAT CAR FROM A KIT WITH AN AVAILABLE TDI ENGINE FOR LESS THAN $80K USD. So How Come It Costs VW, a MAMMOTH GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE EMPIRE, $140K to built it ?? ??
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the life time fuel cost for such a vehicle (200K miles max) ?? At $140K USD gas will have to be $10 to $20 per gallon to make it worth while. Heck I'll buy 40 miles of extension cord and make my own electric w/o batteries.
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        What's the lifetime fuel cost got to be to make any car "worth while" compared with a 1994 Geo Metro XFi?. This thing's an engineering marvel on a par with VW's W8-powered Phaeton, why do you expect it to pay for itself?
      Sheepdog 44
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the car get anywhere close to half of it's (obviously) inflated mpg rating on diesel only, then it is more efficient than any electric car on the market. Yes, diesel more efficient than the beloved Model S! Why? It's light weight and aerodynamic. There are gasoline motorcycles more efficient than the best electric cars. Albeit some are streamlined.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheepdog 44
        As Dan/Giza/DanFred has always said, that lightweight and aero go together to create hyper-efficiency. The Model S is efficient for the kind of car it is but is far from being lightweight. If you want efficiency then the car for you is the Edison2 VLC. The Aptera would have also fit the bill until the company went under. Both of those would be a lot cheaper than the XL1 but neither are in production.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          The Model S is a spectacular car that I have every intention of buying. I'm not a safety engineer, but my knowledge of physics says that the Model S appears to be safer than your average car. Edison2, with their racing backgrounds, say that lightweight can be equally safe due if you take the physics of a crash into account. There aren't any production VLC cars on the road to test that however. There are plenty of Model S's on the road now though to test how they perform.
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          The Mexico accident proves that the Model S wouldn't benefit from being lighter.... if you want to walk away from a crash.... something I've been posting all along. The XL1 looks like a future compliance car.... you know like other half-hearted EV's & fuel cell vehicles.... that only are made to game the system for money/credits/ads....since it doesn't pay to cater to tire kickers looking to a future purchase that never happens.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why go through all the effort of making this car and barely sell it, if at all... i just don't understand that logic. It doesn't make business sense.
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's merely a engineering exercise to produce a car that can do 1L per 100 Km, and that's an amazing feat. But the public isn't interested in saving fuel, so 250 cars at supercar prices it is. Plus it boost their fleet average mileage, and probs get a tax credit. But for me, 1st gen Honda Insight. 65mpg super commuter!
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will automakers will make an affordable (under $40k), yet stylish EV/hybrid automobile that doesn't make the owner look like an douche for buying one? The XL1 is right up there with the Prius as one of the ugliest cars on the road.
        Technoir
        • 1 Year Ago
        Stop the brainless hating already. The current Prius looks far better than your 15 year old heaven green Mustang with PepBoys wheel covers.
      loopless
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is a technology showcase for VW. Extreme-tech always costs. The tech will filter down to lesser models in time (e.g. powertrain into the UP!).
      Yoggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like many have said, this is a tech showcase car for VW. My guess is that they lose money on each car. The only reason the price is so high is that they want to get the cars into the hand of people that will show them off. They dont want to build any more because any built beyond those initial few will end up in storage by people that only want the car because it is rare.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      If VW doesn't increase production on a car costing $145,000 because of higher demand, then there should be a SHAREHOLDER REVOLT.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would one spend 145 GRAND on this when a performance Tesla Model S can be had for much less?
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Technoir
        Obviously just a few uber-rich collectors.
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