Volkswagen’s XL1 Concept Posts 110 kmpl!

107.1 kmpl or nearly ten times more fuel efficient than our average sedan! Aleast  that is what VW claims! Hard to believe, isn’t it?? The XL1, which is the much improved Volkswagen 1-litre concept car of 2002, is stuffed with a clutch of such surprises! 

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It weighs just 795 kg, but features air-conditioner, the full ICE works, a comprehensive safety cell and a plug-in-hybrid system. It can accelerate up to 100 kmph in zero-emission mode and can cover up to 32 km without burning a single drop of diesel with the electric motor humming like a freshly stocked fridge or the whining  of an undergeared forklift. 

For long-term research and development, Volkswagen will build this car in highly restricted numbers in Wolfsburg  and plans for a broader sales from 2013. XL1 is a car that makes people rise their eyebrows!

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at

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