VW to build 1L/100km (235mpg) car by 2010

Discussion in 'Volkswagen' started by c0da, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. c0da

    c0da Well-Known Member

    http://www.motorauthority.com/cars/volkswagen/vw-boss-confirms-1-liter-car-for-2010/

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    The body being constructed out of plastic and magnesium sounds real expensive though...
     
  2. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    magnesium ? yup money to burn (literally) . Interesting idea though . It may make a super suburban personal commuter .
     
  3. brucepick

    brucepick Well-Known Member

    I'd welcome it to the US market. We need something in the "flat-out mpg" class to replace the now-absent Insight.

    VW has experience with magnesium - it was the material for the Beetle's engine block and gearbox. I don't imagine that too many of those burned up. In actual practice it's probably a non-issue, just as hybrid battery replacement costs have become a non-issue.

    Making the body narrow helps reduce total frontal cross sectional area considerably. At the same time, it enables a wider space cushion on the driver's exposed side due to the ability to increase that dimension somewhat. I'd love to drive one.
     
  4. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    True on the "in actual practice ...non issue" . I just remember my folks' Beetle starting on fire and it just kept burning - unrelated to any magnesium content .
     
  5. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Yikes! My bug never started on fire and I loved that little vehicle. I still dream of acquiring two -- one '52 bone stocker restored to show quality, and one '63 slammed, chopped, and modded up for a daily driver. That dream gets remoter as I get older, and the slammed car doesn't has as much appeal because I just want to go farther -- not faster.

    I too would be interested in driving this car, but I still worry about dependability? If it gets that great mileage but only get to drive it maybe 2/3s of the time...
     
  6. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    The picture reminds me of a bobsled. I bet it would get even better mileage if you used PP and started out pushing it.:)
     
  7. Vooch

    Vooch Well-Known Member

    is 1 liter per 100 km approx 200 MPG ?

    If anyone can do it - VW can. They have done some extreme engineering with their current cars to squeeze MPG out of fairly heavy high performance cars - if they apply these same techniques to a light low performance car, they'd have world beater.
     
  8. basjoos

    basjoos Well-Known Member

    I'd go for the Aptera over the 1L VW. It gets the same (or better) mileage, but has much more interior and cargo space than the 1L VW. Hopefully it will get into production as well. I wonder what the max speed of the production 1L VW will be? The prototype they tested earlier was fairly slow (cruised at 40-50mph) and wasn't fast enough to handle normal freeway speeds.
     
  9. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I'm wondering what a Prius or an Insight could do with plastic body panels(doors and front and rear quarter panels) like my Saturn has?
     
  10. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Insight front fenders, fender skirts, and underbody panels are plastic. The rest of the body and structural member are aluminum.

    The Prius could get some weight loss with the addition of plastic and aluminum.
     
  11. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Think there were articles on a prototype of this car - a one-cylinder diesel that could go from 0 to 60 in 20 seconds...forgot the displacement (600cc?). Second passenger sat directly behind the first. It seemed they were citing the same kind of FE
     

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