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Volkswagen launches 1-liter XL1 car

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Text: / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted February 22, 2013 16:21

Most aerodynamic production car ever

Volkswagen has just launched its most fuel-efficient production car in the world with the XL1. The XL1 is considered as the third evolution of Volkswagen's vision of a 1-liter car which started to take shape way back year 2002 and 2009 in the form of the L1 and offers a tandem style seating layout for optimal aerodynamics.

The XL1 can cover more than 110km of road in less than a liter of fuel, which is made possible by its plug-in hybrid powertrain, that can even let the car cover a distance of up to 50km while in all-electric mode.

Interior

With a powertrain consisting of a 47hp two-cylinder TDI engine and a 27hp electric motor, the XL1 can achieve a top speed of 160 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 12.7 seconds.

powertrain

To maximize fuel efficiency, the two-seater XL1 follows sports car design principles and takes weight, aerodynamics, and lower center of gravity very seriously for the car to run as efficient as it can be. Its seating layout, although remains side-by-side, has a slight offset for aerodynamic purposes.

Rear

More details about the 1-liter car from Volkswagen like production number and retail prices when it gets unveiled during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month.