June 27, 2014

World's most energy efficient production vehicle Volkswagen XL1 hits London @ £98,515

Volkswagen has announced pricing for its record-breaking XL1 model, the world's most energy efficient production vehicle, which is now available to UK customers at £98,515 (RRP OTR).

A total production run of around 200 XL1s are being built at Volkswagen's Osnabruck
factory in Germany, a proportion of which will be made available for the UK. The first delivery was made to a German customer at the end of May, with a number of UK customers already in line to purchase a car.

The design brief for the XL1 was to produce a 'one litre' car - that is to say, a car that uses one litre of fuel per 100 km, equivalent to 282 miles per gallon. The resulting vehicle uses just 0.9 litre per 100 km, or 313 mpg on the official combined cycle, and this high mpg figure correlates to a very low carbon dioxide emissions value of just 21 g/km. This is achieved using a two-cylinder 48 ps 800 cc diesel engine with a 27 ps electric motor, driving through a modified seven-speed DSG transmission. 

"Enthusiasm for the XL1 has been building since the first concept of the car was unveiled in Qatar in January 2011. Knowing that production of our cars is now underway and that customers will soon be taking delivery of them is very exciting. We're looking forward to seeing this record-breaking model on UK roads, as well as seeing technologies within it filtering down to many of our mainstream Volkswagen cars," said Lianne McKnight, Product Manager.

"To achieve its benchmark efficiency goals with materials and technology available today required a radical approach. Each XL1 customer is therefore able to own an example of the type of car we may be driving in 15 years time, and benefit today from the investment that a company like Volkswagen makes in its future," she added.


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