261-MPG Volkswagen XL1 Makes US Debut in Chattanooga

261-MPG Volkswagen XL1 Makes US Debut in Chattanooga

The Volkswagen XL1 has made its North American debut in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it’s on display at the 2013 Society of Environmental Journalists Conference.

Being billed as the world’s most fuel efficient and aerodynamic production vehicle, the XL1 is estimated to get over 200 mpg in the U.S. cycle after being rated 261 mpg in the European cycle. In all-electric mode, the XL1 is able to travel up to 32 miles before needing a charge.

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The XL1 originally made its worldwide debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and offers a glimpse into the German automaker’s future of eco-mobility capabilities. It weighs in at a scant 1,753 lbs and its plug-in hybrid system consists of a two-cylinder TDI engine with 47 hp and an electric motor with 27 hp.

“Volkswagen is proud to debut this ultra-fuel-efficient vehicle before the Society of Environmental Journalists, a group that shares in our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America.

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