Volkswagen Concept XL1, 0.9 liters / 100 km
Ferdinand Piech is the man of large differences (often successful), after having succeeded in producing the car the most powerful, fastest and most powerful of all the world production, it now remains the goal of eventually produce the car more fuel efficient in the world. It’s been over ten years that these works appear regularly on the front of the stage, now that’s the latest evolution of the concept.
The initial aim was to produce a car with a combustion engine and capable of consuming less than one liter of fuel per 100 kilometers. Goal succeeded with the XL1 concept that needs only 0.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, with a 2.0 liter TDI mated to an electric motor – powered by lithium-ion batteries – and a transmission dual-clutch seven-speed.
The XL1 is a hybrid-type plug-in and his body is still the most refined to allow this level of consumption extremely low. The car will be presented at the exhibition in Qatar this week and announced closer than ever to a final model ready for commercialization.
The fuel in France and most European countries is expensive, we know. In some countries of the world’s cheapest, as we know it too. But where exactly? Here are the top 5 worldwide in countries where fuel is cheaper.
Auto Escape is a French broker rental of recreational vehicles which has a very interesting World Observatory fuel prices. His figures for winter 2011 can detect a general increase, but also provide a picture of a place to do a lot of fuel is the cheapest.
The absolute record for a full-unleaded is put on the assets of Costa Rica with 0.11 euros for a liter. It is however more expensive for diesel with 0.79 euros per liter. If we consider these two fuels, it is in Afghanistan that the addition is the lowest since a liter of gasoline requires 0.22 euros a liter of diesel, only 0.13 euros. Imagine the annual fuel budget of a Volkswagen XL1 in these conditions …
After South Africa, Algeria, Armenia and Cyprus. This ranking is very interesting seen a PDF at this address .
The manufacturer Volkswagen arrives at Auto Show in Detroit in 2009 with a small roadster concept light diesel less polluting and is baptized BlueSport Volkswagen Concept. It weighs 1200 kg.
It features a turbocharged ” Clean Diesel “common rail 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 180 hp (132 kW, 350 Nm), placed behind the rear seats in a central position, and a dual-clutch gearbox DSG 6-speed . It also has technology start-stop (the engine is cut off to save fuel) and the system of regenerative braking .
Result: Volkswagen Concept BlueSport (3m99 long) consumed an average of 4.3 liters per 100 km and emits 113 g / km CO2. The gaseous nitrogen oxides (NOx from the combustion of diesel oil) are trapped downstream of the catalytic converter. Such a vehicle off, and in France an environmental bonus of 700 euros. Its maximum speed is 226 km / h and 0-100 km / h in 6.6 seconds. Volkswagen continues its goal of convincing Americans to opt for a diesel vehicle, providing a sober driving pleasure …
Finally, a compact that does not attempt to impersonate 5 seats, crushing the passengers on a bench shabby. The exterior design, though wiser than the Iroc is also very successful with this rib which cost all along and these new viewing angles let you see it does not look like a Volvo C30 or 308 as I have read. Good by cons forward is really too good, but you can bet that after leaving me a few tuners will be unleashed to restore it to the mouth of the concept. Really nice on the part of VW, I was tired of their bland design. If they bring originality to the French or Italian with German quality, I signed right away. : Good:
Say they are not original is really bad faith characterized … producing the French have a style quite unlike themselves and no other … they test, they dare and sometimes it misses, but the beauty is another debate. Tastes and colors … And I am neither French nor stock in French, even less cash to buy me one, so I speak objectively.
One of the strengths of the Phaeton is its plethora of equipment. Series, we thus find 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control front and rear, automatic bi-xenon headlights, cruise control, radar parking front and rear seats and heated leather front.
In this allocation, we must add the equipment safety and comfort. This is particularly true of air suspension systems that incorporate a leveling and an automatic regulator.The driver has two heights plate: normal or high while the low position is automatically activated from 140 km / h. It can also choose between 4 damper settings (comfort, base, Sport and Sport 2)
With this multitude of parameters, the Phaeton fits almost all situations. The driver will appreciate and the ease with which he will find a good driving position thanks to the many possibilities of power adjustable front seat and steering wheel. Rear passengers will also be at ease but not exceptional given the size of the car
Question budget, even if the Phaeton V6 TDI diesel engine is the most accessible, the fact remains that it is still relatively expensive. Count € 65,380 for the 5-seater. Not enough to seek a phenomenal craze even if the Phaeton is cheaper than a Mercedes S320 CDI, 71000 € or a BMW 730d: € 67,600.