Volkswagen to probably offer XL1 only as a lease

Volkswagen XL1 production version live in Geneva
Volkswagen XL1 production version live in Geneva

First batch of 50 units

Volkswagen will most likely offer the frugal XL1 only as a lease.

The XL1 made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and since then we haven't heard anything about VW's most economical model ever made. In an interview give to Autoblog Green, VW of America's manager of product and technology communications, Mark Gillies, said the car "will most likely be a lease scheme." The first batch of XL1s will consist of 50 cars and after that Volkswagen will build additional units if there is demand.

The XL1 makes use of a two-cylinder 800cc TDI engine rated at 47 bhp (35 kW) and an electric motor with 27 bhp (20 kW). It comes with a 5.5 kWh battery pack and can return an incredible 261 mpg US (313 mpg UK or 0.9 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of only 21 g/km.

Published May 28th, 2013 4:40pm By Adrian Padeanu
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Han Solo Han Solo
I just don't understand one thing... Why is it that the most Fuel Efficient Car on the Planet also has to be the Ugliest Car on the Planet. How much Drag can you reduce by making a car this Ugly??? I mean seriously, Wheel Arch Covers...how 50s is that??? I mean, how much Drag can they reduce? You might as well just Bury this Car right now...Come on VW, this car deserves to look better than your almighty Golf..do something about it.
May 29th, 2013 6:40am
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benzboy benzboy
I would rather stop getting jerked around by VW and purchase a ELIO when it comes out this coming summer.With VW its the ah Polo Blu Sport and this car. Enough already either produce it or shut up and move on.
May 28th, 2013 11:17pm
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
The Future Is Here, And I Like It. ****
May 28th, 2013 8:21pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Why it will be lease only, several reasons I guess: By leasing the car, VW could still take control of those XL1s. They could obtain running data for further development. They could fix some minor issues without recalling. They could prevent selling those cars to their competitors for research use. They could take them back if they don't want those cars to be driven anymore. Or the build cost and of each XL1 is quite high so few people could afford the price and maintenance.
May 28th, 2013 8:17pm
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TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
Just testing the water. If the car delivers what VW promises and the price is adequate ,this should be the ideal car for the masses.
May 28th, 2013 7:42pm
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memexe memexe
Ugly car! Seeing that gorgeous 1938 Bugatti 57SC back end, I imagine that they could have done a better rear design and still obtain their aerodynamic goals.
May 28th, 2013 4:45pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
I completed my fluid dynamics course last year so I put a thumb down on your comment immediately...
May 28th, 2013 5:04pm
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memexe memexe
Ok, I don't have this kind of expertise (I`m doing structural design) and I agree that maybe aerodynamics is requiring all those shapes. I compared it to that vintage Bugatti because they have the same overall rear end shape-volume. So in the end my comment is not about engineering, but is about combining that with style and natural shape. I just find that back ugly, and that is also just my taste...
May 28th, 2013 5:33pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Yes, from the aesthetic point of view I totally agree with you. Sorry for my misunderstanding in the last comment :)
May 28th, 2013 8:07pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
I agree with memexe, this car is pretty Ugly...I'm an Environmentalist myself, but this is Just Not Right...Aesthetics is one of the Main Factors that determines the success of a Model... I understand that Aerodynamics requires the car to look the way it does...but seriously, those really ugly 50s Rear Wheel Arch Covers has to go...no matter how much Drag they Reduce...
May 29th, 2013 6:36am
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Why so many thumps down? The guy is right. 0.19 drag co is pretty impressive but the design not so much so I would be willing to sacrifice some of the aero designs to be driving a more conventional car like the Volt.
May 29th, 2013 9:20am
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