The world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid car, the Volkswagen XL1, has been named the winner of the Transport category in the annual Designs of the Year Awards.
The VW XL1 moves on to the next stage to go head-to-head in competition for Design of the Year 2014. The innovative Xl1 will compete against winners of the other categories, including Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics and Product.
The Designs of the Year exhibition honors the best-of-the-best in cutting-edge innovation and original talent, showcasing the very best in global design. This includes not only vehicles, but also clothes, chairs, and even a re-invention of the piano keyboard. All are included in this year’s winners. The car is one of 76 designs in the seven categories which are on display at the Design Museum in London until August 25th.
Conceived by a team led by Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand, the XL1 is a limited series production two-seater car that explores the limits of energy efficiency for a road-legal production vehicle. It was nominated for the exhibition by author and automotive design and technology expert, Andrew Nahum.
The design brief for the XL1 was to produce a ‘one litre’ car, i.e. a car that uses one litre of fuel per 100 km, equivalent to 282 miles per gallon. The resulting vehicle uses just 0.9 litres per 100 km, or 313 mpg, and this high mpg figure correlates to a very low carbon dioxide emissions value of just 21 g/km.
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