Thursday, 11 March 2010

Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept Debuts in Los Angeles VW Up! Lite Concept, the Most Fuel-efficient Car in the World

The financial crisis has definitely changed people's perception with
regards to new vehicle models and gas-guzzlers, hence why the Germans
from Volkswagen hav
e been working on coming up with a concept car, that is supposedly the
most fuel-efficient in the world.Dubbed Volkswagen Up! Lite and unveiled
at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the new four wheeler is a technical
extension of the L1 Concept that saw daylight earlier this year in
The new Volkswagen Up!Lite is powered by a 2-cylinder 0.8-litre TDI
engine that outputs 38kW (51hp) at 4,000rpm and 120Nm of torque,
together with a 10kW (14hp) electric motor that draws juice from a
lithium-ion battery — all these for an overall 65 horsepower
output. Mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), a start/stop
system and regenerative brakes, the new VW Lite!Up manages to only
consume 2.44 litres of fuel for every 100km (72mpg).
And if you thought the little bugger is compromising performance for
green specs, you're wrong. The car is clad mainly in aluminum, steel
and carbon fibre which helps it sprint from naught to 100km/h in 12.5
seconds on its way to a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).
If the outside gets the eye with the 18 wheels and the LED daytime
running lights, on the inside, the Volkswagen Lite!Up is just as
appealing with a 5.7-inch touch screen, an MP3 player, Internet
connection and a telephone.
Not bad, eh? No word if it will ever hit production lines though!
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