Volkswagen to Debut Diesel-Electric Minicar at Tokyo

By | November 09, 2013
Along with an updated design language, Volkswagen will unveil a new diesel-electric hybrid minicar at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The concept, called the Twin-Up, will be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road if it ever enters production. Volkswagen claims that the new hybrid will offer 214 mpg, and use less than a half-gallon of gas for every 62 miles. The new concept will be powered by a 1.0-liter two-cylinder diesel engine mated to an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Twin-Up will weigh 2,656 pounds and produce 27 grams of C02 emissions per mile. Using just the electric motor, the new concept will be able to travel around 30 miles before needing to run on diesel. Currently, Volkswagen is still debating whether or not to make this a production model, but a battery-powered version is currently on sale in Europe.
Known as the e-Up, the minicar starts at around $35,900 in Germany. Along with this model, Volkswagen is building a limited edition of the 200 XL1, set to go on sale in 2014 with a price tag starting around $148,185. There are currently only 50 XL1s in the world, and although it doesn't make much sense to produce this car on a mass scale, Volkswagen is determined to make a statement. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)