Volkswagen XL1 Video
Volkswagen XL1 Video Transcript
-If a car could get 100 miles per gallon, that'd be pretty great. If it can get 200 miles per gallon, that'd be insane. Well, this car gets 261 miles per gallon. This is the Volkswagen XL1. And how did Volkswagen do it? Partly through aerodynamics, partly through lightweight, and partly through a very advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain. This car has a 2-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which makes 47 horsepower. It also has a 27 horsepower electric motor attached to that. And there's a 5.5 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack in this car. Okay, we've got a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain and that helps this car achieve really excellent fuel economy. You can actually travel under electric power for about 30 miles. With those power figures, it looks like an XL1 obviously isn't a fast car. It actually takes 12.7 seconds to get to 62 miles an hour, but it does have a top speed of 100 miles an hour. Now, that's electronically limited, but you probably don't wanna go any faster in a car like this. But as far as aerodynamics go, this body style actually looks a lot like the Honda Insight. There's no real developmental cooperation there. It all comes down to aerodynamics. The shape of the Volkswagen XL1 and the original Honda Insight were both dictated by a need for the best aerodynamics possible. This thing achieves a .198 coefficient of drag and that's substantially less than the Toyota Prius. It's also incredibly lightweight. Volkswagen uses carbon fiber reinforced panels all over the car and for the chassis. There is also aluminum parts in here and a little bit of high-strength steel, but mostly it comes down to very lightweight materials. The overall weight of this car is around 1.800 pounds. Now, the engine, and the electric motor, and the battery pack are about 500 pounds of that. The body is another 500 pounds. None of the running gear and things add more weight to the whole mix, but it still achieves incredible fuel economy with all that. Instead of side view mirrors, it uses cameras mounted in the doors and the driver can actually look at the side view through these little panels in the doors. The interior is actually -- they fit 2 seats in here, although the passenger seat has staggered back a little bit. So, the hip room can be a little narrower. And finally, we have a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This will get really good efficiency for that diesel hybrid powertrain. Now, this car is not actually a concept. Volkswagen is gonna produce it. It's been working on this concept of a 1-liter car for a long time. Now, that means 1 liter per 100 kilometers. They've achieved even better than that in this production XL1 at 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers and that equals 261 miles per gallon. I'm Wayne Cunningham here at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
CNET's Wayne Cunningham and Antuan Goodwin gives us the highlights and some lowlights from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
At the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen gaves us a look at not one but two models of their popular Golf vehicles, the GTI and the GTD. CNET's Wayne Cunningham breaks them down and tells us what's so hot about them.
At the 2013 Detroit auto show, CNET's Wayne Cunningham takes a look at the BMW 4 Series Coupe, which gives the 3 Series owners some sport cred.
Mercedes-Benz rolled out this concept at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show: the Concept S-Class Coupe. CNET's Wayne Cunningham gives us a first look and shows you how the company is using Gracenote to set the music you have in the car to reflect certain types of moods.
McLaren, known for its innovative sports car the MP412C, unveils its next two-seat racer, the McLaren P1. CNET's Wayne Cunningham takes a look at the concept car and gives us his thoughts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
At the 2013 Detroit auto show, CNET's Wayne Cunningham gives us a First Look at VW's CrossBlue concept, complete with plug-in technology, two iPad screens in the back, and a rather large American-looking SUV exterior that just might make it to the market soon.
The Nissan ENV200 Concept is a high-tech utility vehicle that is powered by an electric motor that impresses CNET's Wayne Cunningham at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac is more than up to the challenge of competing with the German luxury cars with the CTS, now with some weight-saving tech as well as a new graphical interface inside.
CNET Car Tech's own Wayne Cunningham and Antuan Goodwin discuss the highs and lows at the 2012 Geneva auto show.
Volkswagen unveils its Concept A car at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show.