VW Uses Formula XL Concept To Kick Off MoMA Partnership

May 25, 2011

Volkswagen first showed off their Formula XL1 concept at this year’s Qatar Auto Show, but until now it hadn’t yet found reason to bring the prototype to the United States. That is, until now.

Volkswagen chose the Formula XL1 to kick off its recent announcement of a new partnership with New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It was the first time the XL1 was shown in the United States, and Volkswagen correctly guessed that it would help draw attention to their partnership with MoMA. Volkswagen will finance exhibitions and interactive educational projects at the museum, and has donated video works by Francis Alys to MoMA’s collection.

To emphasize the importance of environmental consciousness, VW’s exhibits at the museum will focus on themes such as environmental protection, social justice, scarcity of resources and population growth.

The diesel hybrid XL1 is the latest in a series of uber-fuel efficient concept cars from VW, designed to emphasize the manufacturer’s efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. It blends together a 20 kWh electric motor and a 0.8-liter turbodiesel engine to achieve fuel economy as high as 261 miles per gallon. It’s said to have a battery-only range of 22 miles before the TDI engine kicks in to power a range-extending onboard generator.

Unlike the original L1 concept, Volkswagen will reportedly build the XL1 in limited quantities, including some for export to the United States.

[The New York Times]

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