As if the Bugatti Black Bess Veyron was not enough to amaze people, Volkswagen AG showed off the plug-in hybrid XL1, which magnetized throngs all day at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
Reporters and reviewers describe the small two-door supercar as space-age, futuristic, dramatic, and purposeful.
The 1.28-meter-high XL1 is a radical example of vehicle fuel efficiency. Its fuel economy could reach up to 313 mpg in combined cycle. It rides on a carbon-fiber structure which gives it the astounding weight of 794 kilograms or 1,750 pounds. Powering this hybrid supercar are two electric motors and a 0.8-liter two-cylinder engine that makes 47 horsepower.
One of the greatest things about the Volkswagen XL1 is it is not just a concept. It is a real car. That means it can be purchased. It can be the vehicle parked in your driveway. And you can use it to get to work or run errands. The XL1 can be your daily companion—not in the U.S though.
There have been rumors that the XL1 is banned in America because it is too fuel efficient and somehow threatens the profitable oil market in the country. Volkswagen has not also made any announcement yet about the XL1’s availability in the U.S. market. Until then, the highly attractive and extremely fuel-efficient XL1 remains a Europe-only vehicle.
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