World's Most Efficient Car Impresses, Not Without Compromises Among our many duties at the recent Geneva Motor Show, we were offered a pretty exclusive drive in the new Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient plug-in diesel hybrid. There is so much that is interesting about a car like this reaching production from a major automaker that it's tough to know where to begin. First off, you should know that – at least for this generation – there is absolutely no chance in Albuquerque that this "1-liter vehicle" (i.e. a vehicle that can burn just one liter of fuel to travel 100 ... Read More
- 800cc Turbo-Diesel I2 + e-motor
- 68 HP / 103 LB-FT
- 7-Speed DSG
- Base Price:
As expected, Volkswagen has taken the hyper efficient diesel-hybrid powertrain from its XL1 tandem two-seater and installed it in the Up! city car. The new Franken-hybrid is called the Twin Up! concept, and has debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show today. With the XL1's two-cylinder, 800cc diesel engine and 35kW electric motor, the tiny four-seat hatchback can ...
If the development of the Bugatti Veyron represented the greatest gift the Volkswagen Group could have given from its deep R&D pockets to performance enthusiasts, surely the XL1 does the same for tree-huggers. It represents no less significant an investment on VW's part, and no less significant and advancement in terms of environmental credentials. ...
We've returned from a very busy week in Switzerland, and in going back over all of our 75 stories from the Geneva Motor Show, our editors have gathered up their personal favorite debuts from the European expo. The wonderful thing about the Geneva show is just how wide of an array of vehicles are on display – everything from funny little one-off EVs ...
After years of rumors, development and testing, the Volkswagen XL1 is finally about to become a reality. The project that began life as a daring 1-Liter concept car in 2002, will finally get its production-ready curtain call at the Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks. As soon as it hits the streets, the two-seat XL1 will instantly become the most ...
Volkswagen had a lot going on at this year's Paris Motor Show, including, it seems, dishing to Britain's What Car? about some product plans. VW board member Ulrich Hackenberg has gone on record saying that the Bulli concept van, as shown at the last Geneva Motor Show, is not currently planned for production. That runs counter to recent reports that the ...
Well, what do you know? When Volkswagen decided to show off the latest version of its so-called one-liter car, the Formula XL1, at the Qatar Motor Show, we wondered out loud whether or not the German automaker would actually manage to put it into production. As it turns out, that's the plan, albeit at a very small scale. According to Automobilwoche ...