Commentary by Bob Aldons - Northstar Volkswagen
Can you ever imagine a car that you could drive to Sydney AND back using only 10 litres of fuel?
A car that you could use as your daily commute for a month and only having to pay $10 for that precious fuel?
Imagine no more. Volkswagen is already one of the most frugal car companies in the world as far as economy goes - we already have Golf Bluemotion achieving under 4 litres per 100klm, Passat Wagons, with fuel economy of less than 5 litres per 100klm and the XL series vehicles under development by Volkswagen aim to go a lot lower than this.
Why? The fact of the matter is that the world is running low on fossil fuels. W don't have the low fuel warning light blinking just yet, but make no mistake that the world fuel gauge is less than half full. Companies such as Volkswagen have determined that to succeed and prosper in the future, that alternatives have to be found. The XL1 Volkswagen shown at the Qatar motor show is one example of the technical brilliance of the Volkswagen engineers and designers.
Less than 1 litre per 100 kilometres (0.9l/100klm) would have been considered in the realms of fantasy a few years ago, but reality today. Long dead is the concept of V6, V8 and V12 engines for all but the privileged few.
If you want to experience Volkswagen in person, call into Northstar Volkswagen at 322 Anzac Avenue Kippa-Ring on the Redcliffe Peninsula. We're only 15 minutes or so from Brisbane Airport and a leisurely drive down the highway from Noosa, Bundaberg, Maryborough, and a short trip from Nambour, Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Bribie Island. We also get a lot of our customers as FIDO - that's not a dog by the way, that's fly in drive out. With cheap airfares, our customers come in from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa and even Sydney, Melbourne and as far away as Perth.
We'll happily arrange a drive home registration and you know the best thing about this? The drive home gives you just the best running in you'll ever get. New engines love a long drive to bed everything in and you'll get the best economy you've ever experienced. Alternatively if you're time or distance poor, check us out online at www.northstarvw.com.au or read more reviews at www.mycarreview.com.au . Finally, if you can't come to us, we'll come to your home, workplace or worksite - call Northstar on 1300 894 655.
Volkswagen last year showed the third version of the XL1 at the Qatar motor show.
Volkswagen is preparing an ultra-frugal car for production.
The diesel-hybrid coupe - an un-named development of the decade-old 1L (for 1.0 litres/100km) concept - is capable of less than 1 litres/100km (260mpg) yet can top 160km/h.
The refined version of the one-cylinder diesel-hybrid XL1 now has a two-cylinder diesel mated to an electric motor and has batteries that are charged both while driving and via a plug-in cord. Volkswagen last year showed the third version of the XL1 at the Qatar motor show. It was later caught testing the coupe in cold weather and this month was spotted in Spain for its warm-weather tests.
It is a further development of the 2011 XL1 concept that is a two-seater, and has its origins in the tandem-seat, single-cylinder 1L of 2002 that weighed just 290kg and claimed an astonishing 0.99 L/100km. Volkswagen updated the concept in 2009 as the L1 which retained the tandem seating but added a two-cylinder engine, effectively a Golf 1.6-litre turbo-diesel cut in half then mated to a 10.4kW electric motor.
It had a top speed of 160km/h, accelerated to 100km/h in 14.3 seconds and had emissions of 39g/km CO2. The latest XL1 is different again, now a plug-in hybrid that achieves 0.9 L/100km (260mpg) and CO2 emissions of 24g/km. The 800cc, two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is rated at 35kW/121Nm and the electric motor at 20kW/100Nm.
The two power plants work together or separately and the XL1 can travel up to 35km on electric power alone. Its length and width are similar to the Polo - 3970mm long and 1682mm wide - but it is only 1184mm high. Volkswagen says the 2011 model has a governed top speed of 158km/h and accelerates to 100km/h in 11.9 seconds. In February, Volkswagen said it intended to build a limited series of XL1s starting in 2013.