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Published on November 28th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro


Audi Planning Affordable 282 MPG “1.0-litre Car”

It is hard to believe that automakers once obsessed with gas-guzzling monster SUVs are now making incredible strides towards previously unthinkable fuel efficiency. An Audi executive revealed that the German automaker is working on a project known as the “1.0-litre car” that will seat four people and deliver up to 282 mpg.

In an interview with AutoCar, Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that Audi was working on an ultra-efficient car, based on the A1 platform, that would deliver outstanding fuel efficiency. The “1.0-litre car” will be both affordable and practical, using some kind of hybrid system most likely in conjunction with a small diesel engine.

While Durheimer didn’t go into any details, he did say that it won’t use parent company Volkswagen’s two-cylinder diesel that will debut in the 313 mpg XL1 two-seater. I expect we’ll see some sort of plug-in hybrid with a small diesel engine, and Durheimer goes on to add that it will have all the creature comforts you expect from an Audi…though the interior and suspension may be a bit radical in order to shed weight.

If you’ll recall, Durheimer is the same fellow who revealed that Audi was hoping to bring a diesel-hybrid supercar based on their Le Mans-winning design to market in the next few years. For my money, I’d like to see a production version of the Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept. I won’t hold my breath, but it looks like Audi will have some very interesting green cars hitting dealerships in the near future.

Source: AutoCar

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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.

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  • Steve Hanley

    Coin Chapman once taught us “To go fast, add lightness.” Turns out adding lightness greatly aids fuel economy as well.

    So why can’t I stop imaging what happens when these ultra=light, ultra-efficient vehicles of the future have a close encounter with a Peterbilt?

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