BERLIN – Volkswagen car manufacturer claims it is ready to build and sell to the masses, the most economical car on the planet.
NDJ World | Published: Mar 11 2013 Motoring
Operating on a combo electrical/diesel engine, the ‘Volkswagen XL1′ car consumes just a bit more than one-third of a gallon of diesel fuel over a distance of 87 miles; that amounts to the vehicle burning one gallon of diesel fuel every 261 miles under normal driving conditions.
The Volkswagen XL1 does not compromise on luxury and gives a ‘sports car feeling’, according to the manufacturer. Drivers and passenger sit low and because the vehicle is ultra light, power steering is not required.
Those who test drove the Volkswagen Xl1 call the vehicle a technical marvel with its aerodynamically streamlined body that cuts through headwinds with ease without requiring additional power, thereby conserving fuel. The standard ‘fly doors’ make the car slick and attractive and the interior equals that of luxury cars.
The vehicles rear wheels are covered up to avoid additional drag on the car caused by air turbulence.
To make the car even more dynamic, Volkswagen replaced the side mirrors with cameras that feed video into a pair of interior-mounted displays.
The one ‘negative’ factor of the vehicle is the noise coming from the engine.
Although the Volkswagen XL1 operates on an all new, state-of-the art 2 cylinder turbo diesel engine that does not lack acceleration power (0-to-60 mph 12.7-seconds), as is common with older diesel engines, the motor still makes that typical diesel rattle sound on start up or when switching from the electrical motor to the diesel engine.
The vehicle’s power train is also pretty noisy.
The car produces a measly 74 horsepower – 47 from the diesel engine and 27 from the E-motor – but to keep the XL1 cruising at a cool 62 mph, the plug-in hybrid only needs eight horsepower to maintain highway speeds.
For consumers who value more spending much less time at the pump and putting that money elsewhere, the Volkswagen XL1 is definitely one car to consider owning.
Volkswagen manufacturing company in Germany has begun the limmited production of 250 models of the ‘most economical car’ in the world.
Price tag for the Volkswagen XL1 is 100,000 euro, not cheap. Americans don’t need to worry about dollar value as the super light and super economical Volkswagen sports car won’t be sold in the US.
Still for those who are curious the Volkswagen XL1 will retail for about $US135,000.
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