07 Jul 2008 02:07:27
Production to start on Volkswagen 'one-litre' car
Volkswagen has announced that it will start production of its new low-consumption hybrid car.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2002 but the prohibitively high costs of production meant that the manufacturer was prevented from releasing it to the general public, reports Car Magazine.
The car has a setting that allows it to run purely on electricity, although it is thought to be able to get 100 km of driving from just one litre of petrol.
It is made from aerodynamically sculpted lightweight carbon-fibre and will weigh only 300 kg to reduce drag, while all unnecessary systems will be removed from the car to further reduce its weight and decrease fuel consumption.
It has a 300cc two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine which Volkswagen claim will achieve 282 mpg.
World leaders at the G8 summit were privy to a host of new electric and hybrid cars which were used to transport VIPs.