Volkswagen’s one-litre cars used for the Annual General Meeting

Volkswagen AG’s Annual General Meeting in Hamburg saw a pair of its XL1 concepts used to transport two of its board members.

Arriving at the Congress Centre in the first XL1 was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch, and his wife Ursula, while the second car was driven by Professor Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, who was accompanied by Lower Saxony’s Minister President David McAllister.

Branded as a ‘Super Efficient Vehicle’ (SEV), the XL1 is Volkswagen’s third evolution of its 1-litre car. It has a curb weight of 795 kg (1,750 lb) and a drag coefficient of 0.186, and was unveiled at last year’s Qatar Motor Show. Power for the plug-in hybrid prototype comes from a combination of an 800 cc two-cylinder TDI engine, developing 35 kW (48 hp) and 120 Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, along with an electric motor producing 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 Nm.

With a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 11.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 158 km/h (99 mph), performance is tolerable, but its combined fuel consumption of 0.9 litres per 100 kilometres (310 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 24 g/km are nothing short of phenomenal, meaning it nearly reaches the European Union 2050 targets for emissions reductions. When running purely on electric power the XL1 can cover a range of up to 35 kilometres.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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