Volkswagen is proud to announce that it officially delivered the first XL1 plug-in hybrid to a customer in Berlin:

"Dr. Christian Malorny (left) took over his Volkswagen XL1 by Thomas Zahn, Director of Sales and Marketing Germany Volkswagen Passenger Cars."

"The first XL1 was delivered in the exterior color Oryxweiß pearl effect with titan black and pearl gray interior."

Upon taking delivery, Dr. Malorny stated:

"The XL1 has inspired me from the beginning and I am very pleased to now be driving my own. With its visionary design and high-tech appearance, Volkswagen has dared something new and innovative."

Of the XL1, VW states:

"With an average fuel consumption of 0.9 l / 100 km, the XL1 is the most economical series-production car in the world. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can be driven purely electrically, and thus free of local emissions over a distance of up to 50 kilometers. From design layout to follow the XL1 as automotive protagonist of the pure sports car theory: minimum weight of CFRP monocoque and outer skin (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and extremely low center of gravity (1.153 mm height). Therefore, the efficient Volkswagen range 6.2 kW / 8.4 hp to slide at a constant speed of 100 km / h above the plane. In electric mode, the Volkswagen content with less than 0.1 kWh for more than a kilometer route."

"XL1: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 0.9 (combined); Electricity consumption in kWh per 100 km: 7.2 (combined) CO2 emissions in g / km: 21 (combined), Efficiency: A +"

The VW XL1 will not be offered in the US due to homologation issues.

Some additional XL1 specs include:

  • slightly askew 2 person seating
  • top speed of 98 mph
  • 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds
  • NEDC rating of 261 mpg
  • 0.8 liter two-cylinder TDI diesel engine that puts out 47 hp
  • 31 miles of electric range
  • 20kW electric motor
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

As for availability and pricing, the limited production (250 units in total) XL1 is "priced at approximately $145,000," according to Volkswagen.

VW XL1 in Geneva

VW XL1 in Geneva