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Volkswagen XL1 prototype caught completely undisguised

 Volkswagen XL1 prototype caught completely undisguised
Volkswagen XL1 prototype spy photo

The long-awaited 1-liter car has finally been confirmed for production and here are the first shots of a prototype testing to prove it. Surprisingly it is not wearing any camouflage to hide any of its styling elements, so immediately we get to see the production model in its full glory.

Development of the model started out in concept form when it was unveiled as the L1 back in 2009, then last year the Formula XL1 concept was unveiled. It is believed the latter concept will provide the name for the production model as sources say it will become the Volkswagen XL1.

The small engine within the XL1 is expected to produce some quite astonishing fuel economy and emissions figures. The concept was reported to emit just 24g/km of CO2 gases and can go 100 km on just 0.9-liters of fuel.

The VW XL1 is expected to hit the market in 2013 for a limited production run.

 

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Comments (26)

 LWE7 LWE7
Hope they can keep their promess of a 1 liter per 100 km car.
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March 19, 2012 5:07 am
 DBaskov DBaskov
I thought visually everything about the car was hot, until I saw the back...
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March 18, 2012 8:49 pm
 Han Solo Han Solo
Flash Gordon meets the Jetsons...haha...I can't control myself... Having said that...hats off to VW for producing such a Fuel Efficient car. is it a Plug-In Serial Hybrid car or just a normal ICE Car?
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March 18, 2012 8:28 pm
 SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
it's a strange car
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March 18, 2012 5:52 pm
 lex33122 lex33122
a few mods to this and it could very well be an A7 coupe...
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March 18, 2012 12:51 pm
 air_cooled air_cooled
#ToyotaScared
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March 18, 2012 12:05 pm
 air_cooled air_cooled
no matter what VAG does they just keep making racks on racks on racks.
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March 18, 2012 12:00 pm
 velsatis velsatis
Great efort, but I still wonder if people will actually buy it, yes because many like the car the figures and so on but how many will actually buy a car which the single purpose is to save fuel? I just dont beliave in this. Someone mentioned the 3lt lupo from 10 yrs ago, that was in my opinion much better, yet I can´t remember the last time I saw one on the streets. Even the Golf bluemotion, I have friends that didn´t buy one because they didn´t like the looks of it, the large tyres, the aero pack and they buy the regular version instead which looks way better. Now this, a 2 seatter car whith barely no space for your shopping or whatever, doesn´t look very comfy. Its just not a "car".
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March 18, 2012 11:47 am
 eddie eddie
I like it. It reminds me of the Ford Probe.
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March 18, 2012 11:05 am
 BimmerE36 BimmerE36
that's extremely futuristic looking, really cool. like it. if it can have a sufficient amount of power along with great fuel economy, well then that's just fine.
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March 18, 2012 10:11 am
 DdW DdW
If this indeed is the production form of the XL1, then it would be a winner. I like its streamlined looks.
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March 18, 2012 9:46 am
 Microice Microice
Would love to have this though I doubt I'll feel safe in it. Whatever happened to the VW Lupo 3L diesel that averaged 3L/100km over 10yrs ago? If they had continued it they would be at 2L/100 now damn capitalists!!
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March 18, 2012 7:45 am
 henaz henaz
Not the prettiest car, but I'm glad car companies are starting developing some really fuel efficient cars. They've kept close to the concept design though and I like that, I wonder if it'll come with wheel caps?
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March 18, 2012 6:56 am
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
i really like that car (love that color too!)
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March 18, 2012 6:07 am
 JPMac JPMac
Are you sure it'll be launched as a VW? With the styling at the back reminiscent of the A7 maybe it'll wear an Audi badge?
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March 18, 2012 5:48 am