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Volkswagen’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

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10 Worst Cars of 2014

10 Worst Cars of 2014

While our 10 Best Cars of 2014 article was written to focus on the most newsworthy cars launched in the past year from a positive point of view, we figured that the circle could only be complete if we also take a look at some of the not-so-good vehicles that became part of our world in 2014. Obviously, the presence of some cars on the following list will probably anger a good amount of keyboard warriors and/or diehard fans out there, but that usually goes with the territory and you can’t please every reader every time.

As most of you know, no matter how much soul and poetry a carmaker exudes for some people, the automotive industry is just that, an industry. Industries, like every other business, are here to make money, because otherwise they would simply cease to exist sooner or later. Since marketing is a pretty big part of almost every business’ success, a lot of carmakers rely on intangible details such as brand or model image to sell their products, especially when talking about niche cars.

That is exactly where a lot of them go wrong sometimes, when newly-introduced cars don’t necessarily tick all the right boxes, or at least the minimum required in their brand DNA. From some points of view, this results in a bad car, while from others it simply means that one or more entities that helped to develop said car didn’t do a very good job at some point. Either way, the following list is in no way a professionally-made or objective one and each of the cars on it may very well become a best-seller and a huge success in the future.

With that being said, click past the jump to read more about the 10 Worst Cars Of 2014.

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2015 Volkswagen XL Sport

2015 Volkswagen XL Sport

The Volkswagen XL1 was born out of the company’s desire to build an ultra-efficient vehicle to be able to travel 100 km on only one liter of diesel fuel or around 240 U.S. mpg. The first concept was shown to the world in 2002, with an improved model, dubbed L1, showcased in 2009. The study gained the XL1 shape we’re all familiar with in 2011 as a diesel plug-in hybrid prototype. An updated production version rolled out in early 2012, when Volkswagen announced a limited-edition car will be built starting 2013. The XL1 is propelled by a 0.8-liter, two-cylinder TDI engine rated at 48 horsepower and an electric motor generating 27 ponies. The XL1 is expected to achieve a fuel economy of 260 mpg using both units, and return 120 mpg on diesel fuel alone. The all-electric range sits at 31 miles. As the 250 units slated to hit public roads are still being assembled as of October 2014, the company has developed a brand-new iteration of the XL1, named XL Sport.

As suggested by its name, the new vehicle is a sportier version of the XL1. Unlike the latter, the XL Sport runs on gasoline and uses a Ducati motorcycle engine. Although it shares most of its body and interior with the XL1, the XL Sport features a racing-inspired body, rides on a motorsport-tuned chassis and comes with a handful of carbon-fiber body parts. Showcased at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the XL Sport is nothing more than a concept that celebrates the 200 million vehicles assembled by Volkswagen as of October 2014.

Updated 10/01/2014: The long-rumored XL Sport finally made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Details after the jump.

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2014 Volkswagen XL1

2014 Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

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Volkswagen XL1 Could Inspire an America-Bound XR1 Sports Car

A 235 mpg car, like the Volkswagen XL1, could be a dream car on the current market, but the problem is that the XL1 is too expensive and limited to just 50 units, with none of these units arriving in the U.S.

The good news is that the XL1 could get a sportier, XR1 variant that could also arrive here in The States. The future XR1 would be built on the same structure as the XL1, but it would offer performance figures to rival the Porsche 911 for half the money.

If produced, the XR1 will use lots of carbon fiber to keep the weight down and will be offered with a powertrain that will deliver 70 mpg. Rumors suggest that the XR1 could get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger and a turbo- or supercharged three-cylinder engine. No matter what engine is used, the XR1 will most likely use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, will be about 230 pounds lighter than the XL1 and will offer a more conventional look.

First details suggest that the XR1 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of about 190 mph.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen XL1 Caught Testing in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Last time we caught the upcoming 235 mpgVolkswagen XL1 was back in August. Now our spy photographers have caught the production version of Volkswagen XL1</b during-cold weather testing. To be completely honest, it was more like freezing-weather testing, as the temperatures were below -30 degrees C (-22 degrees F).

The production-version XL1 will combine two engines: a small two-cylinder Turbo Diesel Injection (TDI) engine delivering a total of 30 horsepower and a 30-horsepower electric motor. Both engines will send the power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The XL1 will be offered with gullwing doors and an interior that looks pretty similar to the one revealed in the concept version. It will also borrow from its concept cousin the very narrow rear track and the wheels sitting far inside the body. The wheels will be covered by full wheel covers to help the aerodynamics.

The new Volkswagen XL1 is expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will hit the market later this year.

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2011 Volkswagen XL1 Concept

2011 Volkswagen XL1 Concept

When Volkswagen unveiled the 1-Liter concept in 2002 and then the L1 in 2009, everyone believed that getting a car that actually consumed only one liter per 100 kilometers (62 miles) was nearly impossible, but now the company has just gotten one step closer to that far-fetched reality with the release of the XL1 Concept. Set to debut at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, this concept will allow for the impossible to become possible.

Compared to the 1-Liter concept (L1), the new XL1 features an even more impressive design, plus it’s a plug-in hybrid that combines a 48 HP two cylinder TDI engine with a 27 HP E-motor, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), and a lithium-ion battery. The concept can drive 35 kilometers in pure electric mode and delivers a fuel economy of 0.9 liter/100 kilometers.

There’s talk about a production version being released sometime in 2013.

UPDATE 01/28/2011: Automobilewoche is reporting that Volkswagen will indeed be producing the XL1 Concept in a limited run of 100 vehicles. Sounds like a pretty tame number considering all of the work involved in getting a vehicle to get only one liter per 100 kilometers (62 miles), but that’s the word. The car is reported to get sent to Germany first with the US and China getting some units at a later date.

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