The XL1 is Volkswagen’s limited production, hyper efficient plug-in diesel hybrid. With its sleek design, upward swinging doors and camera for wing mirrors the car certainly cuts an impressive silhouette — it wouldn’t look out of place on a science fiction movie set. Volkswagen are making just 250 of these cars and at over €100,000 a pop, these cars aren’t going to be commonplace.
However, yesterday Volkswagen delivered the first XL1 to its new driver, Dr Christian Malorny who said: “The XL1 has inspired me from the beginning and I am very pleased to now be driving my own. With its visionary design and high-tech appearance, Volkswagen has dared [to do] something new and innovative.”
Malorny picked up the car, with his family, from Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden. He was handed the keys to his new car by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
The XL1 has some impressive stats when it comes to efficiency: It boasts an average fuel consumption of 0.9l per 100 km and has a drag coefficient of just 0.189. This allows the car to travel for more than a kilometre while only using 0.1kWh of power from its battery pack giving it a claimed electric only range of up to 50km.
When its battery has run out, its economical diesel engine powers up to keep the car driving. Combined CO2 emissions for the car come it at only 21g per kilometre.
Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said: “The XL1 is the most efficient production car in the world and the Technology Lighthouse of the Volkswagen brand. It embodies the now technically feasible in a unique shape.”
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