Ultra-Efficient XL1 Technology to Spread to Rest of Volkswagen Lineup

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

VW XL1 Debuts in Geneva

VW XL1 Debuts in Geneva

First we got wind that Volkswagen confirmed production of its technology-packed XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid, then came word that the VW Up! would be fitted with the XL1’s plug-in gear, then the XL1 hit the stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, now we’ve learned that some of the XL1’s technology will trickle its way across most of VW’s entire lineup of vehicles

XL1 Lightweight Bodywork

XL1 Lightweight Bodywork

VW Group engineering boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, says that the technology found on the ultra-efficient XL1 will be offered on VW’s next-generation of automobiles.

Hackenberg isn’t implying that all future VW automobiles will be diesel plug-in hybrids, but he is suggesting that several of the XL1’s features, including cameras in place of door mirrors and ultra-lightweight bodywork, will show up on future VW products.

Hackenburg does say that the XL1’s diesel plug-in powertrain could be fitted to several next-generation VWs, but he isn’t ready to reveal which vehicles will get the plug-in treatment.

So, it seems the limited production XL1 isn’t just an ultra-efficient automobile, but a test bed for future trickle-down VW technology, too.

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3 responses to "Ultra-Efficient XL1 Technology to Spread to Rest of Volkswagen Lineup"

  1. Jay Cole says:

    Random update: we had a little comment snafu (where old comments were not showing up, and new ones were not posting) for a couple hours, but everything seems to be back to normal now

    /thanks for your patience while we fiddle-faddled (technical term) with it

    1. vdiv says:

      I thought it was my company’s spy proxy servers with a stale cache. Switched to using https and when that didn’t help, switched to doing some werk for a change 😉

      1. Jay Cole says:

        It was an ugly 6-7 hours for us, I don’t want to talk about it, lol

        Nutshell is we had started to crash/slowdown given recent high traffic activity (which is not a bad thing), so we septupled our resources. However, in so doing, the site forget where all its resources files went (like the comments amongst others) and we had to doing some impromptu re-mapping.

        All good now, (=