VW to produce 261 mpg car

VW to produce 261 mpg car

Credit: Volkswagen

Volkswagen announced Feb. 21, 2013, that it will begin production on the XL1, which the company says will get 261 miles per gallon of diesel.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 4:46 PM

Volkswagen says it will start production on a 261 miles per gallon car.

Until Thursday’s announcement, the XL1 was just a concept car, but the German auto maker says it will go into production and will be the most fuel-efficient car in the world.

The two-seater has a plug-in hybrid system and VW says it can go 32 miles in all-electric mode without producing emissions.

If you’re looking for performance, look elsewhere. While the XL1 boasts a top speed of 99 mph, it goes from 0-to-62 mph in 12.7 seconds. It has a two-cylinder engine, runs on diesel, has a 7-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery.

Don’t get too excited, though. Car and Driver reports that it probably won’t be available in the U.S.

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