Volkswagen to produce the world's most fuel efficient car with a record-breaking 313mpg

Driving this environmentally friendly car means the lightweight vehicle would cost only around £1.40 to travel 62 miles

Volkswagen have announced the production of the world's most fuel efficient car - designed like a futuristic motor and capable of an incredible 313MPG.

The Volkswagen XL1 with its super sleek design is powered by a miniscule 800cc diesel engine and a separate electric motor and battery pack.

This will give the plug-in hybrid a 0-62mph time of 12.2 seconds and a top speed limited to a modest 99mph.

But the XL1 is not about sporty performance but environmentally-friendly driving - with Volkswagen claiming it will be capable of a record breaking 313miles per gallon.

–Volkswagen will produce the world's greenest car (SWNS)


Driving this environmentally friendly car means the lightweight vehicle would cost only around £1.40 to travel 62 miles.

It can also cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode where it emits zero carbon dioxide.

Overall emissions are a mere 21g/km - less than a quarter of the amount produced by the famous ultra-green Toyota Prius.

Despite weighing just 795kg, the XL1 is anything but flimsy with VW building the two-seater out of lightweight but tough carbon fibre.

Volkswagen confirmed it will build an initial 50 models at the company’s Osnabrueck factory in Germany alongside its Golf Cabriolet and Porsche Boxster.

But the firm refused to give any indication on how much the aerodynamic two-seater will cost.

The XL1 will be on show at next month’s Geneva Motor Show with the first models produced by the end of 2013.

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