Volkswagen Announces Launch of XL1, the World's Most Efficient Production Car

Volkswagen Announces Launch of XL1, the World's Most Efficient Production Car 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/13 -- 

--  Volkswagen to produce XL1 at its Osnabrueck plant in Germany,
    using carbonfiber technology
--  The XL1 is the most aerodynamic production car ever, with a Cd of 0.19
--  261 mpg combined fuel consumption was a vision -- now it's a reality

The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in
the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261
mpg. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seat vehicle can
also cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric
The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design
principles: light weight (1953 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd
0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen
thus has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph
while using just 8.3 horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1
requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer. 
The XL1 emits just 21 g/km of CO2, thanks to its high-tech
lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency, and a plug-in hybrid
system consisting of a 47-hp two-cylinder TDI(R) engine, a 27-hp
electric motor, a seven-speed DSG(R) dual-clutch automatic
transmission, and a lithium-ion battery. The 261 mpg fuel consumption
figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to
date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically
feasible in the automotive industry. The XL1 also has a top speed of
99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.  
Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of
Volkswagen's 1-liter car strategy. When the new millennium was
ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piech, currently Chairman of the
Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of
putting into production a practical car that had combined fuel
consumption of one liter per 100 km (235 mpg). In the two-seat XL1,
this vision has become reality.  
Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, the engineers and
designers successfully came up with a body design which delivers more
everyday utility than the two previous prototypes. In the L1, the
1-liter car that was shown in 2002 and 2009, the driver and passenger
sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics; in the XL1, the
two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, almost like a
conventional vehicle. 
The XL1 is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 in wide, and just 45.4 in tall. By
comparison, a Volkswagen Polo is slightly longer (156.3 in) and wider
(66.2 in), but is significantly taller (57.6 in). Even a purebred
sports car like today's Porsche Boxster is 5.1 inches taller. The XL1
will look spectacular going down the highway -- a car of the future,
built for today. 
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
 Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of
America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a
subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and
development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution
centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service
centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.
Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R,
GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan
vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. 
 This press release and images of the XL1 are available at 
"DSG", "TDI", "VW", "Volkswagen", all model names and the Volkswagen
logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.  
Mark Gillies
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