Diesel 170mpg VW L1 takes the stage in Frankfurt

Posted By on September 16, 2009

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen debuted its ultra-efficient L1 Concept, which follows in the footstep of the VW L1 at FrankfurtOne-Liter Concept from 2002. The L1 derives its name from the fact it takes around one liter of diesel fuel to propel the car 100 kilometers (62 miles). According to press reports, the car is said to consume closer to 1.38 liters of gas to travel 100 km which works out to 170 mpg. The L1 is extremely lightweight at 1,100 lbs, and it has space for just two occupants. The passenger sits behind the driver, and storage is limited. The non-hybrid econo car is powered by a 36 horsepower two-liter diesel motor coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It may be available in 2013, although most see its initial release in Europe only.


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