Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Volkswagen XL1 - promising green car of the future

Volkswagen XL1

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Exceptional, slick design, 12 years of prototyping, logical choice for hybrid with combination of diesel and electric powertrain and the right timing are big pluses for this new ecologically friendly car from VW which stole lot's of attention on Geneva 2013 Auto Show.

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"The Volkswagen 1-litre car is a two-person concept car produced by Volkswagen. The 1-litre car was designed to be able to travel 100 km on 1 litre of diesel fuel (280 mpg-imp; 240 mpg-US), while being both roadworthy and practical. To achieve such economy, it is produced with lightweight materials, a streamlined body and an engine and transmission designed and tuned for economy. The concept car was modified first in 2009 as the and again in 2011 as the XL1, with limited production of the XL1 slated to begin by late 2013.

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As with the 2011 concept XL1, it is powered by a 800 cm3 two-cylinder diesel engine with 35 kW (48 PS; 47 bhp) and a 20 kW (27 PS; 27 bhp) electric motor, delivering power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The drag coefficient has increased slightly from 0.186 to 0.189.[19] The production version is expected to deliver an all-electric range of 50 km (31 mi) and the plug-in diesel-electric hybrid was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[20] 250 examples will be built."

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