Hackenberg Hints At New Small Volkswagen Using XL1 Diesel Hybrid Drivetrain

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
hackenberg hints at new small volkswagen using xl1 diesel hybrid drivetrain

Hackenberg hints on future cars, with the members of the social media in rapt attention

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.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jun 25, 2013

    As predicted, it doesn't actually get 261 mpg; it's been tested to something closer to 160 mpg in the Spartan XL1 configuration. Make it a 4-seater for the US, boost the horsepower to something higher than laughable, upgrade it for Federal safety requirements, add the sound deadening it desperately needs, and it will end up as a slow 120 HP diesel hybrid that gets 70 mpg and costs $48k.

    • Th009 Th009 on Jun 26, 2013

      120 mpg (US) on diesel alone, leaving the battery uncharged. I think everything on the market today uses twice as much fuel (leaving plug-ins out of the equation).

  • Nzecowitz Nzecowitz on Jun 25, 2013

    Tata should just get out!

  • Kyree Kyree on Jun 26, 2013

    Let's see...batteries, diesel engine and electric motor. That wouldn't be a ticking-time-bomb of a combination if it weren't a European automaker. VW Group should try it out on Bentley, since Bentleys aren't driven often enough to experience mechanical failure.

  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on Jun 26, 2013

    Perhaps the bottle that he is drinking from, is not water but Schnapps. Now seriously, he clearly states this is a "beacon vehicle".