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the 'xl1' concept car by volkswagen

First publicly presented at the qatar motor show 2011volkswagen's 'xl1' concept car 
combines energy efficient technology and streamlined aesthetics to create a hybrid vehicle 
capable of attaining speeds of 99mph and returning 313 miles to the gallon, 
even as it emits only a quarter as much CO2 as the most efficient models on the market today.

full view of the car

the streamlined shape of the 'xl1' is designed to be highly aerodynamic. 
weighing 795kg, the vehicle makes use of volkswagen's custom 'resin transfer moulding' technique 
to create the lightweight carbon-reinforced polymer components that make up much of the body, 
and lightweight metals and other materials are likewise made use of throughout the car. 
to further decrease its drag, the rear wheels are covered, and the car's side mirrors have been replaced 
with video cameras that feed input to screens inset along the dashboard.

full profile view

the car is powered by a two-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor, 
each of which can be used independently or in conjunction with one another.

a combination of its technology and design, the vehicle is extremely energy efficient. 
at present, the average rate of CO2 emission for cars is 264g/mi (164g/km), 
with the lowest until this point producing 138g/mi (86g/km). by contrast, the 'xl1' achieves 38g/mi (24g/km)
by contrast, the 'xl1' achieves 24g/km, and is expected to return 313mpg when used in its hybrid mode.

rear of the car

the doors of the 'xl1' are hinged wings that slide up and slightly forwards, freeing up increasing entry space. 
rear and brake lights, fog lights, and backup lights are all integrated into a strip of red LEDs at the car's back.

view from the driver's seat

to improve aerodynamic efficiency, the 'xl1' replaces side mirrors with inset video screens, visible at left

the 'xl1' is expected to be available in 2013.

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