Saturday, January 29, 2011

260 MPG VW XL1 plug-in hybrid to actually see light of day

A 260 MPG turbo-diesel plug-in hybrid was shown off this week in Qatar by Volkswagen. Able to travel 22 miles on electric power alone, what's more exciting than just the prototype itself is news that VW will actually build it.

The VW XL1 will be built in a small quantity, 100, in 2013, it was reported on Wednesday. The news came via Volkswagen AG Chair Martin Winterkorn. The two-seater has a .8 liter two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, and can reach a top speed of 100 MPH.

The XL1 will reach Germany first, then expand to the U.S. and China, according to Winterkorn. With 260 MPG, despite its use of harder-to-get diesel, if they build it, will you come?

Via: Automobilwoche.

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