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2014-06-30 08:31

FRUGAL XL1 ON SALE: The first customer’s of Volkswagen’s XL1 took delivery of their 0.9-litre/100km cars. At R1.7-millon, is it worth it? Image: Volkswagen

LONDON, Engand - Volkswagen has announced pricing for its XL1, now available to UK customers for the equivalent of R1.78-million.

It's described as "a one-litre car..."

About 200 XL1 units will be assembled at VW's Osnabruck factory in Germany for distribution in varying number to various counties. It was not clear if right-hand-drive units would be included.

GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen XL1
VIDEO: 2014 VW XL1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The first went to a German customer at the end of May 2014; a number of UK buyers are waiting for their cars.

0.9-LITRES/100KM

The XL1 was on display at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June taking on the famous hill-climb.

The design brief for the XL1 was to produce a car with a fuel consumption figure of one litres/100km. In fact, VW claims its XL1 consumes 0.9 litres/100km.

The engine is a twin-cylinder 38kW diesel boosted by a 20kW electric motor mated to a modified seven-speed direct-shift gearbox.

The XL1 was also aerodynamically optimised, from its classic tear-drop shape and the elimination of exterior mirrors in favour of cameras. The result is a drag co-efficient of 0.189, "the XL1 being able to maintain 100km/h in still air on a flat road using only 6.25kW", reports VW.

It sits very low on the road and has scissors-opening doors. A unit will be on show at the London Design Museum until August 25 2014.

VW XL1 product manager, Lianne McKnight, said: "Enthusiasm for the XL1 has been building since the first concept of the car was unveiled in Qatar in January 2011. We’re looking forward to seeing this record-breaking model on the road as well as seeing technologies within it filtering down to many of our mainstream cars.

"To achieve its benchmark efficiency with materials and technology available today required a radical approach. Each XL1 customer is therefore able to own an example of the type of car we may be driving in 15 years." - Newspress

• For more information on the XL1 click here.
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