Volkswagen XL1

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No, its not a concept car or some elaborate sci-fi movie set prop, this is Volkswagen's most radical car they've ever put into production, the XL1 plug-in hybrid. The unique body isn't just for looks, the aerodynamic shell and low center of gravity optimizes performance and fuel efficiency. Inside, the car is powered by a two-cylinder TDI diesel and a lithium-ion powered electric motor that can cover a range of up to 30 miles without sipping one ounce of fuel. Now, its not the speediest car on the road with a 0-62 time of 12.7 seconds (100 mph top speed), though you can bet it will turn more than a few heads when it finally hits showrooms sometime this year. VW

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