Saturday, March 9, 2013

Volkswagen XL1

Finally the time has come when the automobile giant Volkswagen has revealed the near-production version of the XL1 at the latest Geneva Motos Show. The XL1 is a two-seat, plug-in diesel hybrid designed to be the world's most energy-efficient automobile. VW estimates the XL1 can get up to 111 kilometre per litre — although with a time to 100 kmph of 12.7 seconds, it won't get there quickly.

The good news is that The space-age two-seat concept is set for a limited production run of 250 units, but it is not yet clear to what extent the design will need to be modified prior to production to improve day-to-day usability.

The shape is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, which is also why the rear wheels are enclosed. Air flows over the XL1’s slippery lines extremely efficiently and helps to attain startling fuel economy figures. Low weight of 795kg also helps, thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre and composites which will give the plug-in hybrid a 0-100 kmph time of 12.2 seconds and a top speed limited to a modest 160kmph.

The amazing fact is that It can also cover a distance of up to 50 kilometres in all-electric mode where it emits zero carbon dioxide.


To add to the eco friendly car arena the XL1 is not about sporty performance but environmentally-friendly driving - with Volkswagen claiming it will be capable of a record breaking 111 kmpl.

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