German manufacturers are planning to build the most economical and the most streamlined passenger car in the world. This would be a diesel hybrid XL1 and its serial production will include 250 copies. Who’d want to buy this car, however, is still unclear. There are two options to attract clients: the first one includes selling these cars, and the second is more interesting and unusual and suggests renting the cars to those who are not ready to buy them. The final decision about this model’s destiny is still not made, but Volkswagen representatives told reporters of Wired magazine that the renting option seems like the winner.
Official details about XL1 model and its availability are expected to appear by the end of this summer. And while we wait, on 24 May the Company has made an interesting announcement. Until May 29 a request to have a chance to become the model’s pilot can be left on the official website www.volkswagen-xl1.com.
There are some restrictions though, the bidder should be at least 23 years old and have at least 5 years of driving experience. The bidders could also leave their suggestions about the technologies, design and environmental protection of the future XL1 model. The 20 best bidders will be chosen to visit the Company and production plant, will have a chance to get to know the developers of XL1 and the winner of the contest will become a first pilot of XL1 model. The car will be given to the winner for a four-week period during which he’ll be able to freely travel around Germany and share the experience with public via Internet.
In March 2013 first 13 copies of the XL1 drove from Lucerne to Geneva, proving their ability to serve as everyday vehicles. The cars even drove through alpine terrain, which once again proves the XL1 is suitable for everyday use. The average fuel consumption is 0.9 liters per 100 km. However, German manufacturers didn’t tell how much fuel is needed to travel on alpine terrain. But even if the numbers double, the result would still be pretty amazing.