Volkswagen has unveiled the world’s most economical car that it says can travel 313 miles on a gallon of diesel.
Emitting just 38 grammes of carbon dioxide per mile travelled, the XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle is also likely to be the vehicle of choice for green enthusiasts.
The compact two-seater weighs just 795kg as it is built around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer exterior.
Due to go on sale in 2013, the car is just under four metres long – the same size as a Volkswagen Polo – and sits lower off the ground than a Lamborghini sports car at 1.18m tall.
In order to develop the car’s innovative exterior, Volkswagen patented a new system for the manufacture of the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) parts on the car called the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process.
Further savings, which it is promised will be passed onto the customer, were made through the extensive use of lightweight materials including magnesium for the wheels; ceramics for brake discs; and aluminium for dampers, steering system and brake calipers.
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