25 Feb '13, 9am

Green landmark: Volkswagen XL1 #greenenergy

Green landmark: Volkswagen XL1 #greenenergy

Let’s try to ignore the fact it’s rumoured to cost £100,000. Fact is, the VW XL1 is a remarkable achievement that deserves every plaudit. A long-term pet project of VW Group leader and engineering god Ferdinand Piech, it is a two-seat ultra-eco car that takes every other production car mpg record and tramples over it with fundamental force. Fuel economy? A full 313mpg. Even better than that, it’s a plug-in hybrid, with 50km of electric-only range. Piech wanted a 1-litre car: at 0.9 litres per 100km, this is even better than that – and, for 31 miles, it’s better still: a zero litre car. That the tiny two-seater is a plug-in hybrid at all is a masterpiece of engineering. Packaging the batteries and electric motor into such a compact car (it’s just 1153mm tall, but 3888mm long, 1682mm wide: a Polo is 3970mm long, 1682mm wide but 1462mm tall – and a Porsche Boxster is a full 1...

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