Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: VW to Build 235mpg Car

wild ass rumor of the day vw to build 235mpg car

CAR Magazine is reporting that VW's 2002 concept car– the 1 Liter Car– is headed into production in [The Year of Our Overload] 2010. The name comes from the fact the VW uses 1 liter of gas per 100 kilometers (a standard European fuel economy format). Ferdinand Piech was seen cruising around in this puppy during his final days (or what we thought were his final days) at VW's helm. The crazy car, which looks more like a rolling fighter jet canopy, is mostly carbon fiber. It weighs an estimated 660 lbs. CAR figures it will have a two-cylinder diesel engine. The 1 Liter Car would likely be assembled in VW's prototype shop– limiting production to 1000 units per year. The price is not yet determined, but reckon somewhere between 20k and 30k Euros. With such a small production run, this sounds more like a glamour and "we can do it" car (reverse halo?) from VW, rather than a true plan to save the world. And it'll still probably breakdown in my driveway.

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  • Cleek Cleek on Jul 01, 2008
    But, how does it compare to a Volt or a Tesla? it has slightly poorer odds of ever being profitably produced.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Jul 01, 2008

    Wow, neat little car! I didn't see the top speed published anywhere. If it can handle freeway speeds, bring it on. Better yet, if it flies and folds up into a briefcase, I'm there!

  • Geggamoya Geggamoya on Jul 01, 2008
    But, how does it compare to a Volt or a Tesla? it has slightly poorer odds of ever being profitably produced. I talking out of my ass here but i would say this carbon fibre suppository has better odds of being profitably produced than either of the other two. Or at least produced.

  • Nicodemus Nicodemus on Jul 01, 2008

    "20-30K? What’s a ‘48 Messerschmidt sell for these days?" Nothing...they weren't even building them back then!

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