Volkswagen's New XL1 Plug-In Hybrid Promises 260 MPG

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Volkswagen is showing off their new XL1 prototype at the Qatar Motor Show, and they're proud of the fact it gets 261 miles per gallon with the plug-in electric/gas hybrid engine. But they're also excited it will go into production.


The XL1 has a 2.0 liter, 47hp turbodiesel engine, along with a 27hp electric engine. On electric power alone, it can cover 22 miles. More importantly, however, is that this prototype is definitely going into production, according to the German automaker. Once the car makes it out of testing, they'll produce about a hundred XL1s, with priority going to German buyers. It will also become the most efficient hybrid vehicle in the world. [Jalopnik and The Truth About Cars via Dvice]

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What America really needs is smaller engines. Do we really need 250+ HP in our cars? And this 261 mpg: is it good enough? Should we call this an acceptable mpg? I'm so sick of all the backwards thinking we have in the US. Everyone has gigantic SUV's and Trucks that get terrible fuel efficiency and at the same time

They only drive alone 90% of the time.