Automaker claims its new XL1 gets a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg
WOLFSBURG, Germany—German automaker Volkswagen is launching what it is calling the “world’s most efficient production car.”
According to Volkwagen, its new XL1 is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 miles per gallon.
The sleek sports car-inspired two seater is modelled after its track-going counterparts in more than just looks, with a design focused on outstanding aerodynamics, a low centre of gravity and light weight.
The XL1 weighs 1,953-lbs., according to the automaker.
A plug-in hybrid, Volkwagen says the car can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode.
When not in all-electric mode, the XL1 can cruise at a constant 100 kilometres an hour while using just 8.3-horsepower, Volkswagen claims.
The XL1 sports a 47-horsepower two-cylinder TDI diesel engine, a 27-horsepower electric motor, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery.
Production and availability dates were not made available by Volkswagen.
The XL1 will be built at the automaker’s Osnabrück plant in northwestern Germany.