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VW unveils 282 m.p.g car at Frankfurt

Volkswagen AG unveiled the L1, a two-seat hybrid concept that would use only 1.0 L/100 km.

Published September 15, 2009
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<p> FRANKFURT–Volkswagen AG unveiled a number of new cars at the Frankfurt Auto Show Tuesday, including the L1, a two seat hybrid concept that could get about 96 km per litre of fuel, or about 282 miles per Imperial gallon (1.0 L/100 km).</p><p> The L1 will be powered by a turbo diesel and electric motor and weighs only about 840 pounds (380 kilograms), far lighter than most cars on the road.</p><p> "If the L1 were to go into production in 2013, it would debut an entirely new lightweight car concept and introduce a new era in automotive production," VW said.</p><p> Volkswagen, also officially unveiled the E-Up!, an electric car which should go into volume production in 2013, and a new Polo and a new Golf model, both compacts, among others.</p><p> "The common denominator of all these new Volkswagens: maximum efficiency," Volkswagen said.</p><p> "On the timeline between today, tomorrow and the future, these new models of the Polo, Golf, Passat … represent the sustainable and affordable technologies of the present. Creating a window to the immediate future, on the other hand, are the E-Up and the L1 concept cars," VW said.</p><p><strong>Related links:</strong></p><p> <a href="http://www.wheels.ca/photoPlayer/781900" target="_blank">In photos: 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show</a></p><p><a href="http://thestar.blogs.com/crank/2009-frankfurt-auto-show/" target="_blank">Blog: John LeBlanc at the Frankfurt show </a><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.wheels.ca/Article%20Category/article/781878" target="_blank">Carmakers wary at Frankfurt opens</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wheels.ca/Article%20Category/article/781877" target="_blank">Green cars highlight Frankfurt</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wheels.ca/Article%20Category/article/781903">Fiat eyes 500 for North America</a><br /></p>

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