Making yet another appearance at a major European auto show this year was the Volkswagen XL1.
This VW project car has been a part of an ongoing series of vehicles aiming to take on the consumption challenge.
What separates it from the pact is its two-cylinder diesel powerplant which is hooked up to an electric motor. Now VW is going to take this concept and apply it to reality.
According to reports, VW is going to apply lessons learned from the XL1 to the next Audi A3 Hybrid. Following this will be the all-new Golf Hybrid.
Volkswagen’s radical XL1 two-seater will not only enter limited production this year but will also act as a technology demonstrator and test bed for other vehicles across the Volkswagen Group.
The car, which should be the most economical and aerodynamically efficient production car of all time, uses a two-cylinder diesel engine coupled to an electric motor to return 313mpg and emit 21g/km of CO2. And it is the engine that will help to create a new powertrain for plug-in hybrid cars based on VW’s MQB architecture, including the Golf and A3 hybrids.