That's the official word on the two-seat, carbon-fiber, plug-in hybrid. However, the featherweight XL1 should be available to Europeans in the near future.
The XL1 will be able to travel up to 32 miles on electric power only, according to VW. Its top speed will be 99 mph, while a zero-60 run will take a leisurely 12.7 seconds. The car weighs just 1,753 pounds, or about half the weight of your average family sedan.
The XL1 keeps the weight down through the extensive use of carbon fiber, and by staying small. It's less than 4 feet high and a few inches shorter than the compact Toyota Prius c.
Further aerodynamic gains are made by covering the rear wheels and by putting the passenger at a slight offset from the driver's seat, allowing the XL1 to stay narrow.
The result is an estimated fuel economy rating of 261 mpg in combined driving. This, VW said, makes the XL1 the most fuel-efficient production car in the world.
The car is to be officially unveiled in Geneva on March 5. VW has yet to release pricing info, but given the significant R&D the company put into creating the XL1, don't expect it to be cheap.