Volkswagen plans to use the 0.8 liter diesel hybrid drivetrain from its futuristic, ultra-efficient and ultra-expensive (no pricing announced) XL1 two-seater in a future regular small car, Volkswagen’s R&D Chief Ulrich Hackenberg said today in an interview in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt. Said Hackenberg:
“I made this drivetrain so that it can be placed in another car. You will see it in the near future in another car as a plug-in hybrid. “
Asked whether that car would also be available in the U.S., Hackenberg said that “it is maybe too small for the US.”
The engine produces 47 hp. The electric motor can add another 27 hp when needed.
This would be the first time Volkswagen migrates technology from its 261 mpg lightweight XL1 to other mainstream products. According to Hackenberg,
“The XL1 is a beacon vehicle, it is full of future technologies. We made this car to demonstrate that it is possible to transfer all or some this to volume technologies.”
This near future small car will not be the rumored low cost car of Volkswagen. Hackenberg today confirmed the plans for such a low-cost car: “We are working on a low cost car. We are in the beginning stages, but we know what we have to do.”
Low cost cars are seen as essential for a successful motorization for many emerging markets. Nissan is expected to launch its revived Datsun brand with a low-cost car. The launch is in New Delhi, India , on July 15.