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Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Volkswagen XL1 (VIDEO & PICS)

We’ve written a few times about the wickedly efficient (perhaps most efficient car in the world) Volkswagen XL1. I recently got to see the car over at EVS27 in Barcelona. Of course, I didn’t miss the opportunity to take a video and snap a few pics. Unfortunately, there was no option to open the doors and get a look or take a seat inside the vehicle. Nonetheless, seeing the VW XL1 in the flesh was a pretty cool experience. Here’s the video, followed by some pictures:


VW XL1 Back

VW XL1 6

VW XL1 5

VW XL1 4

VW XL1 3

VW XL1 2

VW XL1 1

From a September article, here are some more stats on the XL1:

  1. Price = €111,000 (or $143,000)
  2. 250 being produced for sale
  3. Being produced in Osnabrück, Germany
  4. Is a diesel plug-in hybrid
  5. 313 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 24 g/km of CO2
  6. 0 to 62 mph (o-100 km/h) in 11.9 seconds
  7. Electronically limited top speed = 99 mph

More details can be found here.

Keep your eyes peeled. I’m soon going to publish an article chock full of pics from EVS27.

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  • Ross

    Really expensive impractical fossil fuel hybrid or an all electric Nissan Leaf that is cheaper than a VW Golf? They’re looking irrelevant.

    • Zachary Shahan

      ha, *very* late to the game at the least. hoping they’ll turn around fast. we’ll see…

  • mk1313

    get the price within reason and I’d buy one!

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