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Arriving in Geneva

Volkswagen has released technical details about the ultra-frugal XL1 scheduled to arrive at Geneva Motor Show in production form.

The Volkswagen XL1 features a two-cylinder 800cc TDI engine producing 47 hp (35 kW) which is backed by an electric motor developing 27 hp (20 kW), while the necessary juice is provided by a 5.5 kWh battery pack. VW says the car has a fuel consumption of only 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.

With a drag coefficient of 0.189 and a 2224mm wheelbase, the XL1 is 3.888mm long and 1665mm wide, and tips the scales at 795 kg (1752 lbs) thanks to its carbon fiber body. The German company says the plug-in hybrid will need 12.7 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) and has a limited top speed of 99.4 mph (160 km/h).

The front features a double wishbone suspension, while the back gains a semi-trailing link setup. Other highlights include ceramic brake discs and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bars. It can travel on electricity for 31 miles (50 km) but the range can be expanded to 310 miles (499 km) if the small 10-liter fuel tank is filled.

The first batch of XL1s will consist of 50 cars and after that Volkswagen will build it on demand. No details for the moment about price.

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well it looks ... interesting

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I'll say it. It's very ugly.

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Interesting - if they got rid of those '90's lambo style doors (now ricer doors), and the wheel cover in the back, I think it could look a lot better.

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das auto

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Interesting i allways wonder why wheels and underside need to be exposed. makes the car more aerodynamic.

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Why are the wheels so thin? I could only imagine the handling would be terrible.

Interesting i allways wonder why wheels and underside need to be exposed. makes the car more aerodynamic.

Because normal people live in a country that has seasons, such as snowy winter :p

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115!!! Yer your going to die in that

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I like the front end/grill area... perhaps they will use a modified version of that in future models.

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Why are the wheels so thin? I could only imagine the handling would be terrible.

Probably for reduced drag and weight since this seems to be more about maximum gas mileage than handling.

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Front half of the car looks good, but the back of the car looks really bad....

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That falls along the original lines of if it gets good gas mileage it has to be hideous.

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Personally, I think that's pretty awesome. Design of the future - lightweight, aerodynamic. To be honest, I think of driverless when I see that.

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Make it just one wheel in the back and you've got an flipside up backwards Reliant.

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I usually like Volkswagens but this looks horrible if you ask me :s I'll take one of the current generation Golf or Polo's, thanks.

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Since the dawn of the combustion age, true car nuts have disdained gas mileage as the obsession of the weak-minded and unskilled; there?s no bigger punchline in the business than the Toyota Prius. The success of the Tesla Model S has begun to change the culture, but when it comes to supercars, faster and more powerful roughly equals better, while efficiency gets dismissed with prejudice.

Well, the Volkswagen XL1 may be the transformative alternative-energy vehicle, the one that finally arouses the car fiend from his gas-hungry stupor. The XL1 is a different conception of a car, a German engineer?s dream of hyper-miling. It contains no driving joy or spirit, just lots of cool, stripped-down design details, an anschulss of movement and MPG that gets an average of 262 mpg. This is ze car we?ve been waiting for.

The XL1 represents the car as blue-ribbon science fair project. But unlike other megacars, which are built to maximize speed and power, this one, more than ten years and upward of a billion dollars in the designing, contains not one centimeter of wasted space or poundage. The engineers eliminated power steering because it would have added 10 kilograms. For maximum lightness, the core of its body and chassis is comprised of a one-piece molded carbon-fiber monocoque. The magnesium wheels get wrapped in custom-light Michelin rubber. The windows lower with hand cranks. There?s no radio ? the sound system wraps through the Garmin GPS ? and no place to plug in your smartphone, because Bluetooth is lighter.

All of this results in a car that weighs 1,753 lbs. Under its rear hatch lies a two-cylinder diesel that generates 47 hp.

 The XL1 has a 27-hp electric battery, which can propel it about 31 miles on its own, up to 62 mph. It can fully recharge, Volkswagen says, in an hour and a half. The maximum speed overall, using the full hybrid drivetrain, is 94 mph.

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Come on.. an Aux port would have been very welcome.

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Merged threads.

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Wasn't this the dreamchild of that elderly VW bigwig who retired a few years ago?

I vaguely remember it being on the news

(hopes to see more advancements in these types of cars soon)

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The first thing I thought of when I saw this was the Bodytraphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX0iDoTD1Q0 for those who are unaware.  :rofl:

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Remove the read door covers, give me Power Streeting, 19" light alloys and I am game. Happy to suffer the less economy due to extra weight.

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Fugly. Nuff said.

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I wish VW had interior that nice.

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Is that the GM EV-1 car??  Wow, looks a little bit like it...

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:x  Yikes, just yikes.

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