Clearly the Polo BlueMotion is just not enough. For years in Europe the barely attainable goal for cars was to get mileage of 3L/100km, but now it appears the Volkswagen
wants to shoot for 1L/100km. Volkswagen
Supervisory Board Chairman Ferdinand Piech being interviewed for his 70th birthday claims that such a vehicle is plausible now. Without giving a production time line, Piech said that a supplier has said they have now reduced the cost of some of the necessary components from €35,000 to €5,000 and could deliver those components within two years. Piech criticized former VW
CEO Bernd Pischetsreider for halting development of the 1.0L car and Lupo 3L in 2005 when he was trying to restore the company to profitability and said both programs are now being pursued by new CEO Martin Winterkorn. So far there is no word on the technology involved although it is probably safe to assume that it does not rely solely on internal combustion.