Volkswagen sets Qatar for world debut of XL1

Where was this car at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit? You’ll have to go to Qatar Auto Show to experience the future of mobility, a two-seat 1-litre car.

The XL1 is described by Automotive News as a plug-in diesel hybrid concept, claiming 261 mpg. photos show its forward and visionary style.

That alone makes it like no other hybrid car powered by an electric motor / internal combustion engine combination; and equates to a fuel consumption of merely 0.91 per 100 km.

According to the Volkswagen news release, the key question is: Just how much could the energy consumption of cars be reduced if all the stops were pulled out for efficiency? Now we have an answer.

Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to the market a production car that was practical for everyday use with a fuel consumption of 1.0 liter per 100 km.

In the new XL1, Volkswagen is demonstrating that this goal is now within reach.


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