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Car to beat fuel crisis

At Qatar motor show, Volkswagen unveils sleek new car that does an incredible 313 miles to the gallon
By Graham Smith

It promises to be the answer to every hard-up motorist's dreams. At this week’s Qatar motor show, Volkswagen has unveiled the world's most economical car that it says can travel 313 miles on a gallon of diesel.

Future of the car? The XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle was formally unveiled at the Qatar motor show
Compact: The two-seater weighs just 795kg as it is built around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer exterior
Interior: The sleek XL1 is not ideal for families as it can only seat two people

Emitting just 38 grammes of carbon dioxide per mile travelled, the XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle is also likely to be the vehicle of choice for green enthusiasts. Formally unveiled at the Qatar motor show this week, the XL1 is powered by an 800cc TDI two-cylinder diesel engine linked to an electric motor.

The compact two-seater weighs just 795kg as it is built around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer exterior.

It can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 11.9 seconds and has a top speed of 99mph.

Due to go on sale in 2013, the car is just under four metres long -- the same size as a Volkswagen Polo -- and sits lower off the ground than a Lamborghini sports car at 1.18m tall.

What's more, Volkswagen chairman Dr Martin Winterhorn has said the XL1 will go on sale in Britain and Germany first at an affordable price. In order to develop the car's innovative exterior, Volkswagen patented a new system for the manufacture of the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) parts on the car called the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process.

Further savings, which it is promised will be passed onto the customer, were made through the extensive use of lightweight materials including magnesium for the wheels; ceramics for brake discs; and aluminium for dampers, steering system and brake calipers.

Courtesy Daily Mail, UK

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