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I’m no fan of hybrids but this is something else…

That is the VW XL1 diesel-electric hybrid and it does 313mpg!. Now that is something else. It’s only a two seater (but does have some luggage space) and it’s not too nippy (though 0-62mph in 11.9 isn’t exactly bad) but that’s just wow!

And I think it looks cool. It’s got scissor doors which aren’t just cool but in a British car park very useful. It’s kinda like cars of the future were supposed to look. Those nifty Krauts!


Apart from the flying obviously.


  1. Ben says:

    My feeling is that the cost of maintaining the thing will outweigh the savings in fuel.

  2. JuliaM says:

    I’d feel bad about calling the AA man out to change that rear tyre if it went flat. How do you get to it?!

  3. NickM says:

    I assume the panel is removable.

  4. Lynne says:

    That’s one ugly looking MF. Not for me I’m afraid. Certainly not with all the abyssal potholes in the roads around these here parts. Oh and the roads are liable to flooding. Did I mention the flooding?

    Maybe it’s okay for townies but I like to keep my bum and feet dry so I’m sticking with a high wheelbase and chunky tyres.

  5. Angry Exile says:

    No, ta. I’d rather go for Porker’s idea of a hybrid. More horsepower from the electric motor on the front wheels alone than my little four pot puts out.

  6. DavidNcl says:

    This is not so much a green car as a statists car. It’s slow and therefore shit.

    Did I mention that I have a 4.5L V8 petrol engined car? And that peak oil and global warming are bollocks?

  7. DavidNcl says:

    Yes I realise that’s not quite the logic chopping I sometimes prefer.

  8. microdave says:

    Take away the cowling round the rear wheels and it looks a whole lot better. Quite frankly I wouldn’t mind if it only did 250mpg as a result…

  9. Pogo says:

    I wonder how many mpg it’d do at a steady 80mph? The thought of driving from home (Shropshire) to home (Barcelona) on about 15 litres of juice is quite appealling. :-)

  10. Paul Marks says:

    Germany (in spite of all its problems) just has something that Britain no longer has.

    And I think the United States no longer really has either.

    America may get it back (2012 will show us), but I very much doubt Britain ever will.

    The spark – the desire to create new things (to WORK – rather than get money by some state or private trickery or credit bubble magic), rather than just endless government spending and “politically correct” so called education.

    Yes “political correctness” was a German invention (the Frankfurt School of Marxism in the 1920s – which then moved to New York).

    And mass centralized state education was to (the Prussian system).

    But perhaps that is why so many Germans are able to see through these things – they have vastly more experience of them.

    Hayek (in the Constitution of Liberty and Law, Legislation and Liberty) recounts how even German Social Democrats (i.e. socialists) shook their heads sadly when American “liberals” showed blind faith in “Progressive” government.

    “It is not just Hitler” these Social Democrats tried to explain “the executive must be strictly limited and kept under the principles of the rule of law, even if good people are in all the key positions…”

    But American Progressives did not understand – still do not.

    Once German socialists did not understand either (there was once much mockery of the concept of the “rule of law” and so on from them) but bitter experience under many different regimes (not just Hitler) taught them the folly of their ways.

    Do Britain and the United States have to go through a period of totalitarianism to understand that totalitarianism is a bad idea?

  11. Lynne says:

    Paul, the UK has been going through a period of totalitarianism since 1997 and it increased its grip when the Lisbon Treaty was ratified.

    However, there is a glimmer of hope. Parliament has thrown out the votes for prisoners nonsense. Not all of my piano wire may be necessary.

  12. Paul Marks says:

    I hope you are right Lynne.

  13. NickM says:

    Not to diss either of you but Lynne is wrong. This case just shows shows the extent to which parliament is the Euro-Elite’s bitch.

    BTW. I I despise the use of “Elite” in this context.

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