Volkswagen XL1 Becomes Design Museum’s Work of Art

APR 14 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

Previously, we made the case for the Volkswagen XL1 being a design that will forever be remembered even long after it’s gone.

VW XL1 in Geneva

VW XL1 in Geneva

Now, Design Museum in London is making sure that happens.

The VW XL1 will be displayed there from now until the end of August alongside other Design of the Year award nominees.

The XL1 is the only automobile up for the Design of the Year honor. The XL1 falls into the transport design category.  Other categories include architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic and product design.

The XL1 was nominated for the honor by Andrew Nahum, author of “Fifty Cars That Changed The World.”

Klaus Bischoff is lead designer for the XL1, a limited production vehicle that boasts the highest fuel efficiency rating of any road-legal production vehicle.

XL1 in NYC

XL1 in NYC

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People have been waiting for flying cars since the 1930s. Many have been built. The problem is they are not flying “cars”, but driveable airplanes. What people think of as automobiles have totally ignored the laws of physics, thanks to cheap, high energy fuel. Cars designed to be efficient, as aircraft must be, never sell. People want conestoga wagons, two ton battle wagons, mobile homes. Until fuel becomes completely unaffordable, or is banned for environmental reasons, efficient cars will remain a dream.

Can’t you just stuff it with batteries and sell it VW? I hate these vanity projects.

I do to, but I don’t think this is a vanity project. I see it as a research project that happened to get a tiny production run.

It reminds me of the Ford Probe Prototype from the 1980’s…

lol i think its ugly

At least it isn’t Bangled.

“a design that will forever be remembered long after it’s gone”

Kind of like the Buick LaSalle show car from the 50’s and the Chrysler Turbine car from the 60’s. They share something in common. None of the three were built with the intention of mass production in mind.

It’s just a tease, like a magazine centerfold.