261-MPG Volkswagen XL1 To Debut at 2013 Geneva Auto Show

2013 Geneva Auto Show


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    Volkswagen XL1. | February 21, 2013

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2013 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1, a plug-in hybrid, will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
  • The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 will not be sold or leased in the U.S., Volkswagen of America told Edmunds.
  • Volkswagen calls the 1,953-pound car "the world's most efficient production car."

WOLFSBURG, Germany — The 261-mpg Volkswagen XL1, a plug-in hybrid, will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, the automaker said on Thursday.

The fuel economy rating is based on the European cycle. The hand-built XL1 will go into production later this year at the automaker's Osnabruck plant in Germany. Pricing was not announced.

The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 will not be sold or leased in the U.S., said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.

The car is expected to be leased in Germany and Austria to start.

The XL1 has a striking look with an aerodynamically shaped body, including fully covered rear wheels. It is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 inches wide and 45.4 inches tall. Carbon-fiber technology is a big part of the package.

The car's plug-in hybrid system consists of a 47-horsepower two-cylinder TDI engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery. It has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds. VW says it has a range of 32 miles in all-electric mode.

Edmunds says: American consumers will not be able to get their hands on this super-fuel-efficient new offering from VW.

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