120 MPG and Room for Two: VW’s XL1 Hitting the Streets in 2013


It’s enough to make libertarians like Adam Smith turn over in their graves. The US federal government’s latest regulations mandate that vehicles sold in the US will have to average 54.5 MPG by 2025. While some companies are chafing under the burden, VW has taken a different approach, in essence saying, “Hah! Not good enough; how about 260 MPGe right now?” That is the level of fuel economy projected for the XL1, the German automaker’s addition to the so-called “hybrid hypercar” class of vehicles.