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Volkswagen XL1

  • Volkswagen XL Sport concept, 2014 Paris Auto Show

    For a year now, rumors of a Ducati-powered version of the Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient, super-lightweight car made the rounds. Today, those rumors have come true: this is the XL Sport concept. Powered by a Ducati V-twin engine out of the 1199 Superlegerra motorcycle rated at 197 horsepower, the XL Sport is capable of a 168 mph top speed and 5.7-second dashes to 60 mph. With a curb weight of just 1,962 pounds, that makes for a 9.95:1 weight-to-power ratio. MUST SEE: 52-Yr-Old Mom Beats Carjacker, Sends Him Running: Video With an 11,000-rpm redline, the Ducati engine is sure to make the XL...

  • Volkswagen's MARTA augmented reality service app for iPad
    Volkswagen XL1 Gets Augmented Reality iPad Repair App: Video

    The Volkswagen XL1 isn't all that exciting on its own, though its application of technology is impressive (and a sporty version is in the works). Achieving 261 mpg from aerodynamics, weight savings, and an efficient diesel engine, the XL1 is a new breed of car. Accordingly, it's getting a new breed...

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013
    Volkswagen XL Sport: Ducati-Powered XL1 In The Works

    During a presentation at the University of Vienna today, Volkswagen board chairman Ferdinand Piëch revealed plans for a Ducati-powered version of the Volkswagen XL1 called the XL Sport. It's an idea we had already half-expected, but it's still welcome to see in reality. The engine is the...

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013
    Could Volkswagen Be Considering A Sports Car Based On The XL1?

    Volkswagen recently rolled out its new hyper-efficient XL1, and the stats are mighty impressive. It's a lightweight two-seater designed with a sharp focus on returning superior fuel economy. Volkswagen has learned plenty of new engineering tricks over the course of the development of the XL1. Now...

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1, 2013 Geneva Motor Show
    2014 Volkswagen XL1 Live Photos And Video From Geneva

    Volkswagen’s streamlined XL1 diesel-electric plug-in hybrid vehicle has made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will soon be drafting along highways, burning nothing but the fumes of an oily rag. Okay, that may not be entirely accurate, but the XL1 is officially the most...

  • Volkswagen XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid
    2014 Volkswagen XL1, The 261-MPG Car, Debuts

    Less than six years after promising the world a car capable of returning a fuel economy of 1.0 liter of fuel burned per 100 kilometers driven, roughly equivalent to an insane 235 mpg, Volkswagen has done even better, revealing today, in production trim, a car capable of returning a fuel economy of...

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 spy shots

    Back in 2007, on the eve of his 70th birthday, Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch made the bold promise his company would launch within the next few years a vehicle capable of achieving a fuel economy of greater than 200 mpg. The technology was already available, and was in fact previewed five years earlier with VW’s 1-Liter concept, named so because of its fuel economy rating of 1.0 liter of fuel burned per 100 kilometers driven, which is roughly equivalent to 235 mpg. However, bringing a vehicle like the 1-Liter to market, especially at a time when few were complaining about the...

  • Volkswagen XL1 Concept
    Volkswagen XL1: High-Tech, Super Efficient, 261 mpg

    If the 20th Century was all about improvements in safety and performance for the motor car, the 21st Century see these criteria joined by efficiency. We're seeing a phoenix-like rise by the electric car, and manufacturers are finally taking steps to reduce vehicle weight, improve aerodynamics and...

  • VW 1-Liter tandem city car tipped for 2010 production
    VW 1-Liter Tandem City Car Tipped For 2010 Production

    As outrageous as the idea of a production 1L/100km (235mpg) car sounds, more reports have emerged confirming the ultra-frugal car is in fact in development and that it could be on the market by as early as 2010. At last year's Frankfurt Motor Show senior VW exec Ferdinand Piëch claimed the car...

  • Preview: VW’s 235MPG project
    Preview: VW’s 235 MPG Project

    When Volkswagen unveiled its 1-Liter concept car back in 2002 nobody actually thought such a car could ever make it to production. The concept utilized lightweight construction techniques, superior aerodynamics and low resistance tires to achieve its amazing 1L/100km fuel consumption figure...

  • VW Chairman promises 1L/100KM car in 3 to 4 years
    VW Chairman Promises 1 L/100KM Car In 3 To 4 Years

    On the eve of his 70th birthday, Volkswagen’s Chairman Ferdinand Piëch assured reporters during an interview that a super-efficient vehicle capable of achieving mileage rates as impressive as 1L/100km is in development and could be sold at a reasonable price within four years. A simple...

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