Volkswagen has revealed the 2014 XL1, which is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a fuel consumption value of 0.9 l/100 km. With low weight, perfect aerodynamics and a low centre of gravity, the XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car design principles. It can be said that the XL1 will make a spectacular appearance a car of the future, built for today.
High-tech lightweight design, perfect aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery, all make it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21 g/km of CO2.
XL1 is the most aerodynamic production car ever with 0.9 litre combined fuel consumption was a vision, now it is a reality. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can also cover a distance of up to 50 km in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions.
Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-litre car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piech, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to market a production car that was practical in everyday use with fuel consumption of one litre per 100 km.
In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality. Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, developers successfully came up with a body concept, which delivers more everyday utility than in the two previous prototypes. While the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics in the L1, the 1-litre car presented in 2002 and in 2009, in the XL1 two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, nearly as in a conventional vehicle.