Originally published on Gas2 by Christopher DeMorro
Is the next order of “supercars” less concerned with performance and more concerned with fuel economy? That could be the case if the success of the Volkswagen XL1 super-hybrid is any indicator. Despite indicating it would only build 200 of the XL1 super-hybrids, Volkswagen has let it slip that demand and interest exceeds planned production.
So despite being priced at $145,000, well outside the reach of all but the wealthiest human beings, but it seems money alone is not enough to get behind the wheel. Because of increased interest, Volkswagen is carefully selecting from among the interested and capable buyers who will and who won’t get one of the 261 mpg diesel-electric super-hybrids.
Rather than build more of the XL1 hybrids, which Volkswagen is said to be selling at a loss, they’re simply going to make the car even more exclusive. And why not? The Volkswagen XL1 is a peak at the future, a small-displacement, flyweight hybrid capable of stretching a single gallon of gasoline across many hundreds of miles.
In 30 years, the cars we buy and drive could all look back on the XL1 as the car that began another automotive revolution.
Source: Green Car Reports
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