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Volkswagen XL1 to carry a six-figure price tag - report

 Volkswagen XL1 to carry a six-figure price tag - report
Volkswagen XL1 production version

Rumored to start at 111,00 euros

According to a recent report, the Volkswagen XL1 will carry a wallet busting price of €111,000 ($146,040 / £93,490).

Set to be delivered to customers in spring of 2014, the eco-friendly plug-in hybrid features a 48 HP (35 kW) two-cylinder TDI engine, a 27 HP (20 kW) electric motor and a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.7 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 162 km/h (100 mph). While it isn't fast, the XL1 is extremely efficient as it averages 0.9 L/100km (261 mpg US / 313 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km. It can also be driven up to 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone.

Despite the high cost, Volkswagen believes the model will be a success as it expects to sell a majority of XL1s to collectors. As Ulrich Hackenberg explained, the car is a halo model so the traditional business model does not necessarily apply.

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ScottCampbell
I would look at the Tesla S and have a few extra bucks in my back pocket.
Sep 8, 2013 2:07 pm
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zayak9
What ever happened to the GM/Opel EcoSpeedter?
Sep 8, 2013 8:37 am
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docstef75
Times change... In the past hippies used a simple vw t2 but it seems that today ecology is for rich people.
Sep 8, 2013 3:59 am
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PAA
An awful design at an unacceptable price. Even today you can get a handful of electric/petrol cars that make a lot more sense than the VW. For starters, put this next to a Tesla or Cadillac's electric and then make your choice.
Sep 8, 2013 1:26 am
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anneiv
For car collectors, yes, this car will sell; for regular customers, who would buy this instead of a Tesla...
Sep 7, 2013 6:12 pm
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CDspeed
Considering what you'd get for the money it should still be worth it. Although, if this is the price there are quite a few cars in that price range that could lure me away from the XL1. I can think of a few sports cars in that price range that I'd rather have.
Sep 6, 2013 7:25 pm
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DBaskov
Well unless gas costs you $25k a year. Or if you buy the car when you are 20 and live over 100 years, and the car served you flawlessly (without major repairs) for that period of time. Then yes compared to a non-hybrid ice car, it might be worth it. However, here in US I could buy the higher end F-type and still save, and have a smirk on my face from all the enjoyment I would get from the car. xd
Sep 7, 2013 12:43 pm
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CDspeed
Some people buy cars at high prices just to have something unique and different and it is pretty cool as a high tech high mileage car. I'd rather go for an F-type too, when I pay over 6 figures for a car I want to have something that's a joy to drive.
Sep 7, 2013 5:10 pm
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DBaskov
Well to be fair they are aware aware that the car will most likely go to a collector. Which makes sense strictly due to it being rare. But there is little consumer practicality involved in getting this.
Sep 7, 2013 6:00 pm
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Mikeado
Well, who would've thought that a technology exercise with a hand-made all-carbon chassis and body would cost a lot of money?
Sep 6, 2013 4:27 pm
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