Volkswagen XL1 prototype spied in action [video]

This past weekend, the very first pictures of a prototype for the new Volkswagen XL1 were presented right here on WCF. We can now bring you the very first video of the brand new model in motion.

We first saw a preview of the new 1-liter car in concept form back in 2009 when it was unveiled as the L1, then two years later an updated version was shown as the Formula XL1. It is this latter concept that will provide the name for the production version and it is also great to see the design basis has been retained.

The sporty profile of the XL1 prototype caught here is sure to appeal to a wide range of buyers, but unfortunately only a lucky few will get their hands on the model. Volkswagen are expected to produce the XL1 only in limited numbers.

The 1-liter engine emits just 24g/km of CO2 gases and has a very enticing fuel economy figure of 0.9l/km (261 mpg US / 313 mpg UK).

Expect to see the production-ready XL1 unveiled towards the end of the year before deliveries begin in 2013.

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0.9 l/km is 2.6 mpg - Worldcarfans unit conversion fail... ;)
Mar 23, 2012 2:45 am
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This is great. but why not have mass production?
Mar 22, 2012 7:49 pm
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the car is too difficult to manufacture en masse. It's made entirely out of carbon fiber and doesn't ride on any of VW's mass platforms. It's basically the Bugatti Veyron of fuel efficient vehicles.
Mar 22, 2012 11:53 pm
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understood, if only there was a way to make it out of something less expensive than Carbon Fiber. Maybe someday in the near future, this platform can become common enough for mass production.
Mar 23, 2012 4:20 pm
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