Volkswagen has delivered the first XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid to a customer from Berlin, Germany. Dr. Christian Malorny received his Oryx White XL1 with black and grey interior from Volkswagen Germany's director of sales and marketing for passenger cars, Thomas Zahn, at the company's Transparent Factory in Dresden.

The super-efficient XL1, which first debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 0.8-liter, two-cylinder TDI engine and electric motor, with electricity supplied by a 5.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission. With a curb weight of 1,753 pounds and a drag coefficient of just 0.189, the XL1 is rated at 261 miles per gallon on the lenient European cycle. It is capable of traveling solely on electric power for up to 31 miles.

"The XL1 has inspired me from the beginning and I am very pleased to now be driving my own," said Malorny, (translated). "With its visionary design and high-tech appearance, Volkswagen has dared something new and innovative."

The futuristic XL1 seats two passengers, and can carry 4.2 cubic feet of cargo. It features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body, and a low center of gravity. It is diminutive of stature, as you can see in the photo, measuring 153.1 inches long, 65.6 inches wide, and just 45.4 inches tall. It is being billed as the world's most efficient production car, but it's unlikely Dr. Malorny will be making his money back on fuel savings any time soon; despite the first sale and the vehicles appearing on the German VW site, Volkswagen has not officially announced the price tag for the XL1. In the past, we've heard it will cost approximately $145,000. Only 250 are being produced. Check out our drive review of the Volkswagen XL1 here or read on for more information in the Google-translated press release, below.
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Dr. Christian Malorny (left) took over his Volkswagen XL1 by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany Volkswagen Passenger Cars Dr. Christian Malorny (left) took over his Volkswagen XL1 by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany Volkswagen Passenger Cars

Volkswagen has delivered yesterday at the Transparent Factory in Dresden the first XL1 to a customer. Together with his family accepted Dr. Christian Malorny from Berlin's innovative diesel plug-in hybrid.

The first XL11 was delivered in the exterior color Oryxweiß pearl effect with titan black and pearl gray interior. "The XL1 has inspired me from the beginning and I am very pleased to now be driving my own. With its visionary design and high-tech appearance, Volkswagen has dared something new and innovative, "Malorny told Presented was the spectacular two-seater by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars." The XL1 is the most efficient production car in the world and the Technology Lighthouse of the Volkswagen brand. He embodies the now technically feasible in a unique shape. "

With an average fuel consumption of 0.9 l / 100 km, the XL1 is the most economical series-production car in the world. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can be driven purely electrically, and thus free of local emissions over a distance of up to 50 kilometers. From design layout to follow the XL1 as automotive protagonist of the pure sports car theory: minimum weight of CFRP monocoque and outer skin (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and extremely low center of gravity (1.153 mm height). Therefore, the efficient Volkswagen range 6.2 kW / 8.4 hp to slide at a constant speed of 100 km / h above the plane. In electric mode, the Volkswagen content with less than 0.1 kWh for more than a kilometer route.

1 XL1: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 0.9 (combined); Electricity consumption in kWh per 100 km: 7.2 (combined) CO2 emissions in g / km: 21 (combined), Efficiency: A +


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      • 6 Months Ago
      To put things in prospective, fuel efficiency in Europe is a big deal and an efficient car gives you bragging rights. 5 L/100km is the street norm that is 47 MPG -- and cars with small diesel engines are are up there at 60/65 MPG in the traffic (and BTW, pull over on the autobahn to let faster cars pass). So the 261 miles per gallon rating is a big deal and comes with compromises. I don't think there is a technological breakthrough with this car; rather a demonstration of the limits of available resources right now.
        itsme38269
        • 1 Day Ago
        Considering the Ampera gets something like 235mpg on the NEDC test, 261mpg is pretty pathetic. mpg numbers for plug-in hybrids are totally made up anyway.
        thecommentator2013
        • 1 Day Ago
        5 L / 100 km are not that common in my country....
      Joe Acerbic
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why does it have to be made of unobtainium? Why not use aluminum and sell a bunch of them?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Joe Acerbic
        It's an engineering exercise. The point was for VW to gain practical experience with CFRP. http://www.carbodydesign.com/2011/02/volkswagen-xl1-concept/
      Letstakeawalk
      • 6 Months Ago
      The car is a masterwork of engineering, and incorporates great beauty into its design. I'd say it's a screaming deal, if you can afford it. Guaranteed collector's car.
        CeeJayABG
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        LTAW, I agree. But these won't be cars that owners can keep. It's a "propaganda car" that "wastes our time", until the point at which the multi-hundred MegaEuro investment in manufacturing, materials, and over-the-road driver experience is completed. At that time, when VW withdraws them from service, they will be the "261mpg car killed by VW and Big Oil." So the first cadre of complainers has had their day --- in about 36 mo, we'll get to hear from the others. Also we're WAY overdue for That Certain Party who could have built this car in his garage for three fitty.
        thecommentator2013
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        No doubt about that.
        danfred311
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        it's not a masterpiece at all. it's largely trivial. it's just a small car with decent aerodynamics. nothing difficult about it nor should it cost anything. done with alu would be fine. those idiots don't seem to get anything out of using carbon fiber. same as BMW failed to with i3 and i8. 1250 and 1500kg respectively. Alu Audi A2 is 900kg. XL1 is a tiny car made from CF yet still weighs 800kg. A2 is a comfy 4 seater and uses no carbon fiber. Citroen C1 is all cheap steel and weighs 800kg. A much much bigger car. Maybe twice the volume. What can I say, they are idiots. Aint no two ways about it. They are inexplicably stupid/obtuse. They go out of their way to mess things up yet not even consciously. They find a way to subconsciously be full retards. I'm really smart and I just can't make sense of it. Such a huge and rich company in a land of significant intelligence, yet they are dumb as bricks on trivial core engineering concepts. How can you explain it. I dare you to even try. If it was even decently engineered it would be: 500kg stupid ICE wouldn't block the rear view. maybe a tiny ICE as option but probably pure electric. double battery, triple range. fast charge much faster acceleration. cost 20k$ use no carbon fiber.
          skierpage
          • 1 Day Ago
          @danfred311
          "I'm really smart " There's no evidence for that at all. Talking about how a lightweight and aerodynamic car ought to be cheap doesn't take brains, and you demonstrably lack the talent to accomplish anything that would show your intelligence. Meanwhile VW has made a really high-mpg car. I hope they do better with Mk 2.
      • 6 Months Ago
      At least a step in right direction. But way to costly. Now get going with Hydrogen Fuel cells and forget those expensive batteries.
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        You think fuel cells are cheap? Not yet. Maybe in a few more years. Right now fuel cells are outrageously expensive. The new Toyota fuel cell car is estimated at $80K if you could even buy one. You can't, they are only leased. The same is true for the new Hyundai, only leased and the estimated cost is $100K. That's for a car that is really no different from the equivalent gas car other than the power train. I'm curious to see where the new technology for this goes but for now it is still in the expensive experimental phase.
      Technoir
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why not go with the cheaper and much cheaper Model S?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Technoir
        The VW is arguably cooler, and more efficient. It takes all sorts, and just *anybody* can buy a Tesla.
          thecommentator2013
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          @Joe... LOL....so true..hahahahaha....
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          "more efficient"? Certainly arguable. For the price of a VW XL1... a person could buy a Tesla, plus a Volt, and cover their house with Solar panels.
        Technoir
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Technoir
        Better*
      Spec
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ugh. I don't like these propaganda cars. Build it for real or don't waste our time. And we are going to get the posts saying "Derp . . . they'll have to drive a million miles before they break even!"
        Joeviocoe
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Well... if Tesla has taught us anything... it is that "breaking even" is not the goal.
        DarylMc
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Spec
        If the doctor had purchased an extreme high performance car this wouldn't even be news. No one ever questions the mass market availability or break even time of a Halo performance car. Should it really be any different for this vehicle?
          skierpage
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          @Spec, Yes it's ridiculous. Burning less fossil fuel is a great car feature that usually saves on operating costs. There's no reason whatsoever that those savings should pay for the feature and it reveals a pathetic consuming-more-must-be-better mentality. Where are all the "You bought 20-inch wheels and the premium audio? Derp, it'll take 3 million miles and the heat death of the universe before they pay for themselves."
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          People *are* used to paying a lot more for items that are much lighter than normal. Cars are no different - the CFRP chassis demands a premium, and people are willing to pay for it.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          Hi Spec It makes sense to me that if you value efficiency the same as some people value high performance then the cost doesn't really come into it. I realise that is not the common thought process. It's bigger, faster, higher in calories or whatever for the buck, sometimes by necessity sometimes not. The XL1 is VW's halo efficiency car and it couldn't be any clearer that it won't be a mass market vehicle. Very much like the Bugatti Veyron but more efficient, smaller, cheaper and slower:)
          Spec
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DarylMc
          No one expects a performance car to save you money/fuel. However, people do expect efficient cars to save you money/fuel.
      itsme38269
      • 6 Months Ago
      Whoop de doo. A car they've been talking about for 12 years before release, are only going to sell 200 of them, they cost enough that people will never drive them and keep them only as collector's pieces, and to top it all off it's barely more efficient than the Ampera (0.9L/100km vs. 1.2L/100km), and emits only 6 g/km CO2 less than it (21g/km vs. 27g/km). For a ridiculously compromised car which is impractical, expensive, slow, and has a pathetic 5.5kWh battery. And, of course, the icing on the cake is that you still get to stop at gas stations. Whee!! Congratulations VW, you've made possibly the stupidest car in existence.
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      Someone could be clever and produce an almost identical car design but with say 16kWh laptop cells and a tiny single cylinder generator as an option. Make it really quick too which is dirt cheap in a light car. Sell it for say 21k$. You don't even have to make money on it, you can even lose big on it if only you grow fast and excite the stock market. Make the super douches at VW look really bad and stupid in the process. It's a tiny car, it's quite inexpensive to make. No carbon fiber is required of course.
      danfred311
      • 1 Day Ago
      no the point was to sabotage their own efficiency demonstrator. they also did an alu version but it was much easier to lie about the price if it was carbon
      Lamborandon
      • 6 Months Ago
      dont really care for it but how does it have side view cameras, arent those illegal?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lamborandon
        Depends on where you live.
          danfred311
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          yes it's legal in Europe. It's a rare case of the bureaucracy not being painfully obtuse. Not sure how it happened. It's basically unthinkable that a bureaucrat was visionary and added it on his own. That's crazy talk. Bureaucracy has to be a huge pain so some trucking business probably did the fight a while back.
          Spec
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Are they legal in Europe?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          They're not illegal.
          Grendal
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          It's illegal in California to drive without a front license plate. A lot of Model S owners leave them off and just pay the fine if they get caught. If these were in the US, I could see an owner thumbing their nose at the law.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yes way too expensive--just saw other pics. Seats look way cheap and not comfortable. Its only a 2 person car! All that $$$ and 2 folks transport. No way.
      Tweaker
      • 6 Months Ago
      Publicity stunt.
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