The MPG Conspiracy Theory Is Crap, And Here's Why

A conspiracy theory has floated around the Internet for years. There is a car technology, or, in some cases, a whole car, that has been suppressed in the name of oil profits. Big Oil, working with Big Car, is holding us back from our efficient future. It's wrong, and this is why. » 4/12/14 3:00pm 4/12/14 3:00pm

We Drove The 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 In Manhattan Because You Can't

What is it about the Volkswagen Group that produces wild, insane, magical engineering projects like the Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 Spyder? The 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 isn't in the same league as those cars in terms of speed, but it's every bit as amazing. But there's one problem: Most Americans… » 12/13/13 4:20pm 12/13/13 4:20pm

Volkswagen Is Reportedly Making A Sick XL1 With A Ducati Engine

What happens when you take the ultralight, 261-mpg hybrid car of the future, yank out its hybrid guts, and then throw in an engine from a high-strung Italian sport motorcycle? You could get something truly amazing. It's what the folks in Wolfsburg reportedly want for the Volkswagen XL1. Where do we sign up? » 9/27/13 4:45pm 9/27/13 4:45pm

China's Dumb Solution To Its Pollution Problem

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 7/11/13 9:31am 7/11/13 9:31am

Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future

Volkswagen wanted to build a 235 MPG car. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for themselves, they've exceeded their goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.004 gallons of fuel every mile.… » 6/26/13 1:05pm 6/26/13 1:05pm

A Bunch Of Amazing Tech In The Volkswagen XL1 Is Coming To A Golf Near …

I’m a big fan of the Volkswagen XL1 that was officially unveiled at Geneva and I am still considering what I’d offer someone at VW in order to get behind the wheel of one. Do I have to jump out of a balloon?

But in less than 10 years, the Golf of that era might have a lot of the same tech and design touches of that are … » 3/10/13 11:00am 3/10/13 11:00am

You Will Fit In Volkswagen's 261 MPG Diesel-Hybrid!

According to the current standards, the XL1 will do 261 miles per gallon. Realistically, it's more likely to do half of that. The truth is out there, but one thing is for sure: Volkswagen's two seater is an engineering masterpiece. » 3/08/13 9:19am 3/08/13 9:19am

Watch Red Bull Space Jumper Felix Baumgartner Test The Volkswagen XL1

You all no doubt remember Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian superbadass who jumped out of a balloon last year 128,000 feet above the earth and hit 843.6 mph with his body because Red Bull asked him to. Now he has been called to perform an equally dangerous task: drive the obscenely efficient Volkswagen XL1. » 3/06/13 12:30pm 3/06/13 12:30pm