2014 Volkswagen XL1.
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The world premiere of the 2014 Volkswagen XL1 production version at the 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The XL1 by Volkswagen is the most efficient of all production cars with a fuel consumption of 0.9 l/100 km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can also be driven for up to 50 kilometres locally in pure electric mode, i.e. with zero emissions at point of use.
The XL1 follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high). This gives this Volkswagen the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer.
Systematic lightweight construction (among other things, monocoque of CFRP), perfect aerodynamics and the plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI (35 kW / 48 PS), the E-motor (20 kW), a 7-gear dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a lithium-ion battery (capacity: 5.5 kWh) – enable the XL1 to emit only 21 g/km CO2. If needed, the XL1, which reaches (electronically limited) 160 km/h, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 12.7 seconds.
One thing is certain: 0.9 l/100 km fuel consumption is a peak performance unequalled up to now that illustrates how Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in car making, thus bringing the future right into the present.
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