Six years have passed since VW unveiled the 'one liter' concept car which the automotive manufacturer predicted would go into production in 2012 as soon as the carbon fibre monocoque materials dropped from €35,000 to an affordable €5,000. Following a report by British site car we can tell you VW are two years ahead of schedule and we should see a limited production run of the model in 2010.
The concept was said to be capable of a quite incredible 282 miles per gallon (MPG) or 0.83 liters per 100km, it weights just 300kg and has a 1+1 seating layout.
The production version will come in a little heavier due to additional safety components including ABS/ESP, a driver's airbag, sequential motorbike-style transmission as well as LED head- and taillights. The concept originally had a one cylinder engine, but this is likely to be upgraded to a two cylinder turbo-diesel version for additional torque and horsepower and will be complimented with a mild hybrid kit.
The overall style of the vehicle will remain in tact with the passenger sitting behind the driver and to ensure the optimal rigidy of the vehicle, the aircraft-style canopy door concept will also stay for production.
Pricing is still up in the air, the lowest we can expect is somewhere in the region of €20,000 although it could go as high as €30,000.