Volkswagen revealed the world’s most economical road car

Wednesday 16th April 2003

Volkswagen revealed the world’s most economical road car. The prototype consumed just 0.99 litres of diesel per 100 km – or 285 mpg.The 1-litre car was powered by a single-cylinder diesel engine, centrally positioned in front of the rear axle and combined with an automated direct shift gearbox. The crankcase and cylinder head of the 0.3-litre engine (299 cc) were of an aluminium monobloc construction. The naturally aspirated, direct-injection diesel engine employed advanced high-pressure unit injection technology to generate 8.5 bhp at 4,000 rpm. This gave the vehicle, which weighed just 290 kg, an astonishingly lively temperament.

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