Asked about a serial production of the one-liter car a.k.a. XL1 Concept seen at the Qatar Motor Show, a Volkswagen spokesman told us that the German manufacturer has yet to take a decision. The good news is that Volkswagen is planning to build a small number of XL1 vehicles in order to test them. As you may remember, at this year’s annual meeting of the Vw supervisory board, chief Ferdinand Piech and his wife Ursula made their appearance at the wheel of a XL1.
The car is a two-seater and is considered as one of Piech’s favorite projects. For those who don’t know, the XL1 combines a two-cylinder diesel engine delivering 48 hp with and electric motor delivering 20 hp. The diesel engine is mated to 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), while the energy is stored using lithium-ion batteries. Moreover, the XL1 has an impressive aerodynamic coefficient of drag of 0.186. Driven in pure electric mode, the vehicle has a range of 35 kilometers, and just like an electric car it cam be recharged from a conventional household electric outlet.