Volkswagen Up to Get Diesel Hybrid From XL1 Concept, Target 95-MPG

Nauman Farooq
by Nauman Farooq
At the recent Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen proudly showed off the XL1 Prototype, which according to its maker can manage 260-mpg. While the XL1 might not be headed to production per say, VW is working on a more conventional car that will cost only pennies to run.

The Up mini-car concept has been around for a few years already and it seems that a production version is about to get launched. According to reports, the Up e-motion will get the same powertrain as the XL1 Prototype, but since it is a bigger vehicle, will manage a much more modest 95-mpg. The powertrain in question is a 0.8-liter, two-cylinder diesel motor which produces just 47-hp. However, a 26-hp electric motor will also kick in to give the car extra performance while also allowing it to give better mileage. While most hybrids make use of a CVT gearbox, the Up will get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The exact specifications are being kept under wraps by VW, but expect to see this model get the official unveiling at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

[Source: Autocar]

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  • Bob Polyanchek Bob Polyanchek on Mar 21, 2012

    We in the U.S. need a great branded car such as Volkswagons Up with the diesel/ev package.As they say ,build it and they will come,AND BUY! We are sick and tired of auto makers working with the oil companies to keep mpg down to the bare minimum that they have been at.For petes sake ,they had a carb in the fifties that enabled the average v8 to get 50 mpg.Since then-----nothing!It,s about time the companies of the world stop fleesing the average citizen and produce something that benifits us all.Prove that you are on the side of Joe citizen and the sales will be off the scale!People know a good thing when they see it,and whomever is smart enough to put people first because it,s the right thing to do ,will be rewarded beyond belief!

  • Bob Polyanchek Bob Polyanchek on Mar 21, 2012

    WOW,i guess my comment about oil/gas speculaters driving the market price up of oil/gas futures got someones attention,because it was taken off this post rather quickly!Way to be an honest site folks.You know that would happen if this car somehow made it to the U.S.Not trying to be a downer ,just realistic.Greed = higher profit margains.