Does 261 MPG Sound Good to You? VW is Introducing the XL1 Prototype in Qatar

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1-Liter Car V.3
Volkswagen's 1-Liter Car started out as a slippery 660 pounds diesel, evolved into a more futuristic-looking 840 pounds diesel-hybrid, and is now - in its third generation - a plug-in diesel hybrid that looks a lot like the second generation but now has a plug. VW rates it at 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US) and 24 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Read on for more details.
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VW XL1 Technical Specifications
What makes the XL1 so fuel efficient is a combination of lightweight materials, a very aerodynamic shape, and a powertrain that combines the high efficiency of electric motors with the higher thermal efficiency of diesel (compared to gasoline).

The new Volkswagen XL1 attains a CO2 emissions value of 24 g/km, due to a combination of lightweight construction (monocoque and add-on parts made of carbon fibre), very low aerodynamic drag (Cd 0.186) and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 0.8L two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 47 hp), E-motor (20 kW / 27 hp), 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. The XL1 prototype has an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles); total range is approx. 550 km (342 miles) with a 10 liter fuel tank. (source)

This prototype will make its debut at the Qatar Motor Show this week.

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