VW's L1 Concept Car Is Test Bed for Future Fuel Efficient Vehicles.

VW claims average fuel consumption of 205mpg, with C02 emissions of 36g/km.

Published: 16-Sep-2009

Volkswagen's bullet-shaped L1 concept car at the Frankfurt motor show is more than just an attempt to grab the miles-per-gallon headlines - much of it could go into production.

Although its tandem seating layout and waist-high body will not see the light of day, its hybrid powertrain and carbonfibre-reinforced plastic construction will.

One insider told us that they have officially passed from the 'research' stage to 'development', which means the company intends to use them.


General Motors XP883 Gasoline-Electric Hybrid prototype in 1969

The XP883 utilized a 573cc gasoline engine, a DC motor and six lead acid batteries when it was rolled out in 1969, decades ahead of Toyota's Prius. Photo credit: GM Design.

Mercedes-Benz Blue Hybrid

The S 400 hybrid will consume 7.9 liters of gas per 100 kilometers while emitting 190 grams of CO2 per kilometer, placing it ahead of the Lexus LS 600h hybrid's 21 mpg and 219 g/km.

Honda revives its insight model, this time with a five-passenger, five door sedan it claims will get 70 mpg.

Demand for the Prius, the top-selling hybrid, outstripped production increases at Toyota's plants in Japan this year as gasoline prices topped $4 gallon in the U.S. Pictured is recently released photo of Honda Insight, due out in the Spring of 2009.


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