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Old 10-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle of the future?

Thinking it would look great in front of any glass egg.

Volkswagen?s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient | Spirit Science
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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That's an interesting vehicle although I doubt it would be able to tow much more than a kid's red Radio Flyer wagon. I would have hoped for a bit more information to back up claims of Volkswagen's vehicle not being allowed into the US. Of course, the website that published it also has great articles like "Discover the Secret of Opening Your Chakras" and "Become a Channel for Cosmic Information". So believe what you want.
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Might look great, but wouldn't tow much. No reason the engine tech couldn't be adapted to a heavier vehicle. Might not be 300 MPG, but still better than I get now. Article would have been much better without the histrionics though.
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Quote: The XL1 could reach a top speed in excess of 110 mph absent governor and turns in a 0-60 time of 11.5 seconds which is by no means leisurly for a car designed for efficiency.

The 11.5sec 0 to 60 time is impressive. That is the same as our 1993 Nissan Mini Van. That Nissan van towed our 23' trailer for many years. I'm speculating the potential is there. Unfortunately it may be some time before someone has the opportunity to do a tow test.
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I remember the 50 to 100 mpg carburetor of the 1950 and 60s.

First question US import of this vehicle. Is it a production vehicle available in other parts of the world.
Second question US regulates a lot of stuff concerning vehicles, which of the US regulations doesn't this meet.

This article seems to be written as though there some conspiracy by the US government and ??? to keep this car out of the US.
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Quote from the websIte " And irrelevant “lightweight” parts are added to the frame, consisting of carbon fiber and other exotic materials to add to the mystique. But the materials and production limits are a load of BUNK, the car STILL weighs over 1,700 pounds"

LOL how comfortable would you be pulling a trailer with a car that weighs the same as the trailer or less than half of what many of us are towing? What happens if the brake controller packs it in suddenly?
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LOL how comfortable would you be pulling a trailer with a car that weighs the same as the trailer or less than half of what many of us are towing?
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Our trailer weighs more than our car. Drives like it is on rails. Feels very comfortable.
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Feels very comfortable.
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So true Carol and I am very, very, particular about the rig I drive with regards to how it handles and performs.
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Although not gas- electric, didn't the very first Hondas of years ago also start out with a motorcycle engine. It looks similar to the Tri wheeled cars that mechanix illustrated brought forward years ago too. My nine year old Crossfire appears to have more room for a two seater and does the 0-60 in about half the time. No it does not get 300 mpg, but it does OK and will even carry home some groceries on occasion


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Not allowed in America because it's too efficient? Yuk, yuk, yuk.

snopes.com: Is Volkswagen's 300 MPG Car Banned in the U.S.?
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The car is a plug-in diesel hybrid. It's not $60,000, it would be about $160,000.

Google is our friend:

Wikipedia

Snopes

Volkswagen site (whoulda thunk?)

and finally, Jalopnik, who test drove an XL1 in Manhattan, one of three cars on tour in the US as of last December.
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Hmm, 160K is a bit out of my price range, by about, hmmm, 160K!

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Just did the math, 300 mpg would have saved me around $700 last year compared to my 5.7 Hemi that is paid for.
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