For a two-seat car priced at more than $100,000, not sold in North America, and with just 250 built, the Volkswagen XL1 gets an extraordinary amount of attention. That's due to the hugely high fuel-economy ratings for the tiny carbon-fiber vehicle powered by a diesel plug-in hybrid system. It's rated at a combined 261 miles per gallon on the European cycle, using both battery energy and diesel propulsion (or 310 mpg in the U.K., using Imperial gallons). DON'T MISS: 2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car VW execs say it runs at 138 miles per gallon as a conventional hybrid...
Just Build It Already! 5 Green Cars We're Still Waiting For
The concept car has a lot to answer for. They appear at motor shows around the world to preview what we can expect from future models, but invariably the production model ends up about half as interesting to look at and without most of the technology, thanks to cost constraints. Even worse though...Antony Ingram
Volkswagen Says It Will Build 2-Seat, 260-MPG Plug-In Hybrid
What's good gas mileage? 30 mpg? 40 mpg? The 50-mpg combined rating of the 2011 Toyota Prius, the most fuel-efficient car sold in the U.S. this year? Nah. How about 261 miles per gallon? Or, for the Europeans in the house, a mere 24 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. You heard right. The...John Voelcker