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VW mulls 189mpg eco-car production

Date: 28 September 2009   |   Author:

Volkswagen has refused to rule out building a production version of the radical L1 concept car it revealed at this month's Frankfurt motor show.

The diesel electric hybrid two-seater concept, with the passenger placed behind the driver in tandem, is powered by an 27PS 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and is as long as VW's Fox city car. That layout makes it narrower than any car currently on sale, and the German brand claims the L1 is capable of an average 189mpg and boasts emissions of 39g/km.

"We would have to see if there is a market for that type of vehicle," a VW spokesman told BusinessCar. "I wouldn't write the concept off as being completely pie-in-the-sky."

VW would have to look at whether using the same ultra-lightweight carbon fibre construction would be viable on cost grounds, though the firm said "with modern production processes, large-scale manufacturer of such structures is now possible."

The L1 has a claimed top speed of 99mph and 0-62mph time of 14.3sec, while the tiny 10-litre fuel tank still gives the car a range of over 400 miles thanks to that phenomenal claimed fuel consumption figure.