VW turning 100km/liter car into reality


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We all must have seen Maruti Suzuki’s latest ad campaign – ‘Kitna Deti hai’ (What’s the Mileage). The fact cannot be ignored that India is a very mileage-conscious market. Economy figures are the Holy Grail and they are thoroughly harped about in advertising campaigns.

Volkswagen L1
The L1 concept's cockpit had an Audi-like steering and dead pedal

But reports suggest that VW has taken up a unique challenge to make 3 digit economy figures a reality. The company is all set to unveil ‘the Most Fuel Efficient Car’, ironically in a nation that thrives on its oil reserves – Qatar (The Qatar Motor show to be precise). These Germans have a very twisted sense of humor 😉

Volkswagen L1
The L1's body is extremely slippery and optimized for low drag

The car will be a revised version of the L1 concept that was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show (2009). The L1 used a 0.8-liter TDI engine (diesel) with 27 PS of power and 100 Nm of Torque to achieve this magical economy figure. However, at the end of the day the L1 was still a concept but the car that will be unveiled at Qatar will be a production ready model that may hit the showroom floor by 2013.

Volkswagen L1
The L1's grille and headlamp is similar to the VW Scirocco

The revisions on the L1 included a small hybrid motor to assist the diesel mill. It also includes a comprehensive weight reduction by using materials like carbonfibre and aluminum. Mind you that the L1 only weighed 290 kg in the first place.

Volkswagen L1
Volkswagen L1 concept car rear with LED

And let’s face it; if it is a small car that gives fantastic mileage, it is bound to come to India at some point or the other. But even more importantly, the technology innovated for this car will trickle down to future VW models as well.

The future is certainly GREEN 😀

Source – wiwo.de

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