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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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LWE7
Hope they can keep their promess of a 1 liter per 100 km car.
Mar 19, 2012 5:07 am
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DBaskov
I thought visually everything about the car was hot, until I saw the back...
Mar 18, 2012 8:49 pm
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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?
Mar 18, 2012 8:28 pm
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SPORTINGUISTA_29
it's a strange car
Mar 18, 2012 5:52 pm
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lex33122
a few mods to this and it could very well be an A7 coupe...
Mar 18, 2012 12:51 pm
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air_cooled
#ToyotaScared
Mar 18, 2012 12:05 pm
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air_cooled
no matter what VAG does they just keep making racks on racks on racks.
Mar 18, 2012 12:00 pm
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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".
Mar 18, 2012 11:47 am
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eddie
I like it. It reminds me of the Ford Probe.
Mar 18, 2012 11:05 am
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NYyanks
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.
Mar 18, 2012 10:11 am
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velsatis
What are u on about??? it wants to average 1lt per 100km and u want power??? look at those bycicle tyres, how much power do you think it will have?? If it was possible to make a powerful car with such low emissions and low consumption it would exist already
Mar 18, 2012 11:35 am
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NYyanks
No one said it will be POWERFUL, as you blatantly stated, depends what your definition of "sufficient" is. mine would be around the low 110 hp range, and for a 1 liter that would be good enough power efficiency along with fuel efficiency. this is obviously a city car, but fortunately if they stick with this design, it's a sure winner. and just for the record, it's called a PROTOYPE buddy, so calm down, those "bicycle wheels" will not be on the production model.
Mar 18, 2012 11:53 am
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velsatis
I know its a prototype mate, don´t know what made u think I thought that. Anyways, 110hp isnt alot to manage and regarding the wheels, wanna bet they will be on production?
Mar 18, 2012 12:54 pm
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vilivo
You wouldn't even need a full 100 hp, depending on weight. The Golf 1 GTI had about 100 horses (depending on where you lived), but weighed under 900kg, if you ever drove one in your youth, you would know what I mean. It is also very streamlined, that helps a bunch as well. As for the tiny wheels, yes, they would be on the final product. The reason? It's shape allows it to be very stable with them on and their size and lowers drag, etc... But, I suppose a billion Euro corporation couldn't possibly know more about vehicle designa and innovation than a newb on a forum. If every company that ever brought about an innvovation thought that if something wasn't impossible, it would exist already- we would be posting by carving on a rock, somewhere, called worldhorseback fans... Heres ur sign, sir.
Mar 18, 2012 1:34 pm
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JMac
If you look at the three quarters rear view, you can see that most of the wheel arch is empty. I'd suggest that those wheels are due to the weather conditions (snow/ice) rather than the finished intention. I'd expect to see something which fills the wheel arch more.
Mar 19, 2012 4:21 am
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DdW
If this indeed is the production form of the XL1, then it would be a winner. I like its streamlined looks.
Mar 18, 2012 9:46 am
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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!!
Mar 18, 2012 7:45 am
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livc44411
Why would you not feel safe in it?????????????????? Any reason why you feel it will not be engineered to the same standard as other VAG product???? :-/
Mar 18, 2012 8:21 am
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air_cooled
totally agree. The Lupo is perfectlly safe...otherwise it wouldnt have past the worlds hardest road legal test TUV.
Mar 18, 2012 11:57 am
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Microice
I meant I wouldn't feel safe due to its size. Its as high as the window level of an average saloon.
Mar 18, 2012 1:55 pm
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sideskraper
I guess you wouldn't feel safe in a Gallardo either? Oh well enjoy your SUV..... You sound like a trophy wife.
Mar 18, 2012 9:54 pm
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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?
Mar 18, 2012 6:56 am
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catchmyshadow
i really like that car (love that color too!)
Mar 18, 2012 6:07 am
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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?
Mar 18, 2012 5:48 am
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livc44411
Lets hope not hey...
Mar 18, 2012 8:22 am
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M!
perhaps it will be marketed as a Bugatti to offset the emissions. :)
Mar 18, 2012 7:22 pm
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