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Volkswagen preparing a four-door version of the XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 is the most fuel-efficient vehicle ever produced by the German manufacturer but the car is not suitable for a family with two kids. Still, there is no need to worry as Volkswagen is reportedly working on a new version of the XL1 that can accommodate up to four adults. According to Autocar, Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piech wants to see the manufacturer at the cutting edge of super-efficient vehicles.

VW is expected to use the same technology on the upcoming vehicle such as the powertrain but also front and rear subframes as well as suspension and braking systems. Volkswagen might use rear-hinged doors just like those found on the BMW i3 as well as a new carbon tub.

The current Volkswagen XL1 has a total weight of just 795 kg and with the addition of the two seats and doors, the weight is expected to increase by 130 kg. For those who don’t know, the XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 hp), an E-motor (20 kW / 27 hp) and a lithium-ion batter.

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Vw working on the XR1: an ultralight, mid-engined sports car using a Golf GTI engine

As you may know already, back in February Volkswagen introduced the XL1, known as the most fuel-efficient production car in the world. For those who don’t know, the XL1 uses a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine with 48 PS and an E-motor with 27 PS, enough to use only 0.9 liters of fuel for 100 km. Well, now the German manufacturer wants to take things even further and will create the XR1, or a sporty version of the XL1.

According to Car magazine, the Volkswagen XR1 will be a high-tech sports car and could use the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine found on the Golf GTI. Still, engineers are mulling over a turbo and supercharged triple or a hybrid. Sources suggest that Volkswagen could use the Golf GTI engine mid-mounted across the body.

Performances will be impressive: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 911 Carrera PDK’s 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h or 190 mph. Volkswagen will create a new car and will not just add a new engine on the XL1.

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2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Vw XL1 revealed in production form

Although it seems hard to believe, Volkswagen revealed today the production version of the XL1 a.k.a. the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a fuel consumption value of 0.9 l/100 km. Set to make its world debut in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new Volkswagen XL1 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. The XL1 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

The big surprise is that the Volkswagen XL1 needs only 0.9 liters of fuel per 100 km, a record figure that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date. Volkswagen XL1 has the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS.

In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer. The XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high).

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Ferdinand Piech drives the XL1 at the annual meeting of the Vw Group

At the recent annual meeting of the Volkswagen Group board, Chairman Ferdinand Piech rolled up in the XL1, his latest one-liter car pet project. Actually, Piech did the same thing a decade ago but back then, he had done it with the L1 concept car. Piece had driven from Wolfsburg to the board meeting for almost 100 miles to Hamburg, Germany.

Ursula, Piech’s wife and supervisory board member, also attended the meeting together with David McAllister, the Minister President of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Powering the two XL1 cars is a plug-in hybrid system that features a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 48-hp, two-cylinder diesel engine mated to an electric motor, which delivers an extra 27 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque.

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The limited-run Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid coupe isn't your ordinary car. While it doesn’t have superb power or excellent handling, it does offer superior levels aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. Too bad, its production was very limited and there is no chance you can get a new XL1.

But in a twist of fate, an almost new VW XL1 is up for auction in the United Kingdom. According to Autoblog, Silverstone Auctions will be conducting the auction for the XL1 plug-in hybrid. In particular, the model to be auctioned is 2014 VW XL1. Yes, this plug-in hybrid model is already around four years old, it is practically new. After all, this super-aerodynamic coupe registered only 79 miles on the odometer.

This 2014 VW XL1 coupe is just one of the 30 examples sold by the German carmaker in the UK. Overall, VW only built 250 models, all of which were sold in Europe including in the UK. Thus, the auction is a great opportunity to purchase a rare model, and a fairly new one not the least.

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2017 is undeniably a very busy year for BMW. After introducing the new 4-Series, the German automaker has just released several new updates. In relation to this, BMW is also introducing the new 520d (G30) EfficientDynamics Edition, the company’s most eco-friendly 2.0 litre diesel engine.

BMW’s new 520d Efficient Dynamics has a combined fuel consumption of 73.4 miles per gallon and as low as 102 g/km C02 emissions. The engine consists of a turbocharger placed on antifriction bearings along with the new improved common rail injection, map controller oil pump and high pressure gas recirculation system. Mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the 520d EfficientDynamics can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in only 7.5 seconds.

BMW’s new engine technology is also more aerodynamic efficient than any other engines. The 520d Efficient Dynamics delivers bigger fuel savings while using BMW’s BluePerformance technology all at the same time. Aside from the new filter, the Blue Performance system comes with a NOX storage catalyst, oxidation catalyst and AdBlue injection to help the engine emit less nitrogen oxide.

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So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States.

One of the main discouragements over zero-emissions vehicle is the amount of distance it could travel on a single charge or a single tank. This has caused the so-called range anxiety, in which drivers were wary of being trapped somewhere between where they took off and to where they are going. The possibility of being stuck while driving on a highway and leaving their cars behind has somewhat discouraged consumers from adopting clean and green cars.

So far, carmakers have been doing what they could to address this issue. Carmakers producing electric vehicles have been working hard to beef up their battery packs to increase the range of their offerings. One of these carmakers is Tesla, which produces the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D with a range of around 315 miles. This means that a fully charged Model S P100D could go for around 315 miles before needing to recharge again. Of course, actual range also depends on the driving habits and techniques, weather conditions and road situations.

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At the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced its plans to offer for US sales the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan. The Japanese company, famous for the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment, is planning to have limited volumes at the early stages of production.

Retail leasing to customers in selected California markets is scheduled to commence before the end of this year. The expected cost of the Clarity Fuel Cell is about $60,000 with a targeted lease per month of below $500. Deliveries will begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in San Francisco and Sacramento including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The company plans to begin by releasing vehicles on lease and advance to retail sales with higher volumes and market coverage, which will correspond with a greater number of vehicle supplies and the expanding hydrogen refueling station network.

Read the entire article Leasing of Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan to start this year, US sales being planned

Elio Motors officially introduced to the world the P5, a fifth generation prototype. This announcement was made during a news conference at one of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The company says that this enclosed and three-wheeled vehicle is targeted to be launched during the latter part of 2016 with a possible $6,800 base price. The company also expects that it will return 84 MPG.

Though the P5 is a fifth generation, it is the first time that the company will be using a 3-cylinder 0.9-liter engine. This particular engine was developed by IAV for the P5. This is because as the company was developing the P5, it realized that there were no engines available that had the combination that it wanted in terms of efficiency, speed, and power. The engine allows the P5 a 100 mph top speed with acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.

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Honda’s CLARITY FUEL CELL has finally made its debut at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. A production model has been made available to the public beginning October 30th and it will be on display to attendees of the event until November 8, 2015.

Honda’s plans for the new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) include setting a new standard that similar vehicles will be following in the future. People who remain attached to the capabilities of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle will feel right at home with the CLARITY FUEL CELL, while enjoying the benefits that an FCV has in store for its users.

Despite having a fuel cell stack that has been reduced in size by 33%, the CLARITY FUEL CELL still gives an output that exceeds 100 kW. The FCV’s output density also improved by about 60%, achieving 3.1KW/L in this new model.

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Because Subaru is a “small company,” it will have to raise its “brand value” in order to keep up with the high costs of producing cleaner cars, according to Fuji Heavy President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga in the June 5 interview by Japan's Nihon Keizai business newspaper. Subaru’s sales in the U.S. is on a fast pace. Its global boss says that it hopes to take advantage of this popularity to offset the cost of green technologies.

Yoshinaga didn’t actually call for higher sticker prices. Rather, he said that he wants to increase its “brand value” as the profit margin goes down because of related costs that have risen higher than anticipated. He explained that the brand isn’t like bigger automakers and it doesn’t benefit as much from the economy of scale so it will have to make up for the additional costs.

He said that development costs have been driven higher by research into hybrid drivetrains – a preferred way to cope with increasingly tougher emission standards. He revealed that the company is working to be compliant with the zero-emission standards that California will impose in 2018. It aims that by then, it will have already launched a plug-in hybrid for North America.

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Toyota, with its Prius hybrid, had been dominating the Best Global Green Brands ranking, until this year when Ford overthrew the Japanese carmaker as the greenest brand in the world. The Best Global Green Brands ranking -- conducted with Deloitte Consulting and published by firm Interbrand-- measures consumer perceptions in markets around the world, complemented by data on how companies operate internally and report their environmental behavior.

Interbrand chief executive Jez Frampton remarked that failed to defend its crown on the 2014 survey mostly due to corporate reasons – like that the Japanese carmaker was not as transparent as in previous years past on non-product issues as water usage, greenhouse gas and business travel.

On the other hand, Ford was able to build up its green reputation partly by communicating better on the environmental activities of its supply chain, Frampton remarked. He told Automotive News in an interview that businesses have realized that green perceptions matter to consumers.

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Hyundai has just announced the 2015 Sonata Eco, a new fuel-efficient version of its latest sedan. Priced from $23,275 (excluding the $810 freight charge), the new 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 177 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to use it. As a result, the 2015 Sonata Eco is capable to deliver an estimated 28 mph city and 38 mpg highway.

The 32 mpg combined represents a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE that uses a 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

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Honda Motor Co. is not the most environment-friendly carmaker in the United States anymore. The Japanese carmaker has been unseated by Hyundai Motor Co., according to a report unveiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The group ranks the environmental performance of the eight bestselling carmakers in the US. It had ranked Honda on top of the list since 2000, when the report was first published.

At third is Toyota Motor Corp., followed by Nissan Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG. Lurking on the bottom of the rankings are Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Chrysler Group. Each of the Detroit 3 gained scores of below the industry average.

Hyundai managed to grab the top spot from Honda by offering smaller engines and hybrid vehicles. For instance, the launch of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid and the 2011 Kia Optima hybrid, the Hyundai-Kia group managed to substantially its efficiency score since the previous report of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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The Volkswagen XL1 was unveiled for the first time in the United States at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The XL1 boasts of an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (over 200 estimated US mpg) and an all-electric range of to 32 miles.

Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., remarked that the XL1 provides a “glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’.”

Aside from the US debut of the XL1, Volkswagen’s participation in the SEJ Conference also entailed a tour of its LEED Platinum-certified assembly plant and solar park in Chattanooga.

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A Ducati-powered XL1 was unveiled by Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech during a lecture at the University of Vienna. The model, which is dubbed the XL Sport, stands out due to an aggressive body kit that consists of a front splitter, a ventilated hood and extended fenders. It also has a set of unique alloy wheels and motorsport-inspired graphics.

Very few details have been released of the model. Piech said that it will be equipped by a Ducati-sourced 1200cc engine that delivers 190 HP (140 kW) and 123 Nm (91 lb-ft) of torque.

There’s no information yet about its performance but it’s reported that it is lighter than 795 kg (1752 lbs) due to its lightweight parts and the fact that it doesn’t have a plug-in hybrid system. There were speculations that a petrol-powered XL1 may soon enter production, but the XL Sport seems to be a concept or research vehicle.

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In a recent interview with Autoblog Green, Volkswagen announced that its most fuel-efficient car, the XL1 will be available only as a lease. The German manufacturer plans to produce 50 cars and if there is demand it will build additional units. For those who don’t know, the Volkswagen XL1 is powered by a 800cc TDI engine delivering 48 hp (35 kW), but also carries an electric motor with 27 hp (20 kW).

The diesel engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), while the energy developed by the electric motor is stored in the lithium-ion battery. According to the official data, the XL1 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km/h or 100 mph.

Thanks to the hybrid system the XL1 has a fuel consumption of just 0.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and is able to cruise on the road at a constant speed of just 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW of 8.4 hp. In the all-electric mode, the XL1 needs less than 0.1 kW to cover a driving distance of 1 km.

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This year, Volkswagen’s XL1 two-seater will have a limited production. At the same time, it will serve as a technology demonstrator and test bed for other the other models under the Volkswagen Group. Claimed to be the most frugal and most aerodynamically efficient production car ever built, the XL1 is powered by a two-cylinder diesel engine mated to an electric motor to have a fuel economy rating of 313mpg and a CO2 emissions level of 21g/km.

This engine helps to make a new powertrain for plug-in hybrid cars based on VW’s MQB architecture, which include the Golf and A3 hybrids.

Volkswagen has upgraded the design and layout of the XL1’s powertrain to feature a four-cylinder engine and a more powerful six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with an output of up to 300lb ft, and equipped with a 9kWh battery. The A3 hybrid that’s expected to arrive in 2014 is the first car to receive the powertrain.

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Volkswagen Group is joining the fray for customers in the plug-in hybrid market with its Volkswagen XL1, which it touts as the most fuel-efficient production car in the world. It took Volkswagen Group much longer than its rivals to offer electrified vehicles. But now, the German carmaker is planning to roll out a series of plug-in hybrids that would be pitted against the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi.

According to VW, the two-seat XL1 coupe is powered by a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain that returns 261 mpg by European standards. The United Stated EPA has not rated the XL1's fuel economy. Designed as a technological showpiece, the VW XL1 will be initially available in only 250 units and will only be initially sold in Germany and Austria.

Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, told Automotive News that he will request a handful of XL1s for the US, "even if it's just on the basis of a test fleet."

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SEAT has introduced the new SEAT Mii Ecofuel, the lowest-emitting production car ever for the brand. This is part of plans to expand the Mii family. The Mii Ecofuel uses compressed natural gas (CNG), offering excellent efficiency and considerably lessened running costs without compromising the fun driving dynamics that the Mii is known for.

The Mii Ecofuel is the first model with a CNG engine to use a SEAT badge. This model was launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It has an average consumption of only 2.9 kg CNG/100 km.

Since the fuel price over this distance is less than 3 Euros (about £2.60) in many countries), the running costs are about half those of a Mii that uses a petrol engine. The 1.0-litre, 68 PS engine is based on the three-cylinder petrol unit fitted in Mii (with 60 PS and 75 PS outputs). However, it was designed particularly for CNG operation.

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