PHOTO CAPTION: Volkswagen XL1 is expected to sell in limited numbers for between $40-67,000.

Volkswagen to Produce XL1 1-Liter Diesel Hybrid

The company has permission to build 1,000 annually of the two-seater hybrid that gets the equivalent of 235 mpg.

Published: 22-Feb-2013

Volkswagen is to put into production one of the most exotic vehicles ever to carry the German group's badge - a two-seater with many features normally only seen on concept cars at motor shows.

VW will start making the hybrid XL1, which burns less than one liter of diesel per 100 kilometers, has gullwing doors, enclosed rear wheels, and camera-based mirrors, in the first half of the year, it said on Thursday.

It did not give a price - analysts have pegged the XL1 at 30,000-50,000 euros ($40,000-$67,000) - nor how many it will make. VW has permission to produce up to 1,000 annually.


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