By now you have probably seen the rumor yet again all over the net announcing; “New Car From China for $600.00 US Dollars”…well here is what Ebongeek found. This rumor first made its appearance back in 2002 with the 1-litre car from Volkswagen. It was a prototype single passenger vehicle with an impressive 200+ mile per gallon fuel rating.
Fast forward to the 2009 Frankford Auto Show, VW reveals a much more refined concept vehicle called the VW L1, similar in many respects to the 1-litre car but with the sleek styling and modern design elements we have come to expect from German engineering. According to the VW press release “the L1 Concept – a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle constructed from aluminum and carbon fiber weighing just 380 kg and capable of returning 189 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 39 g/km of CO2. The L1 Concept draws inspiration from the original 1-litre car, unveiled in April 2002 when Dr. Ferdinand Piech, then Chairman of the Board of Management, drove the concept between Wolfsburg and Hamburg. At that time producing the carbon fiber reinforced plastic body was simply not viable. With modern production processes, large-scale manufacture of such structures is now possible.” (Notice reference to the “original 1-litre car”?)
This is the vehicle Ebongeek editors believe VW may actually bring to market it’s called the Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle . We estimate that with conventional production methods it would most likely not be economically feasible to bring this vehicle to market for anything under $10,500 us dollars.