Not many car manufacturers can proud themselves to beat Volkswagen when it comes to the number of vehicles created and sold worldwide. The German brand manufactures vehicles on the band. However they are high quality products created with an increased level of respect for the customers. The latest thing coming from the company is the Volkswagen Twin- Up diesel-electric hybrid concept. Since all car producers seem very interested in hybrid or electric vehicles, the eco-friendly movements is on its way towards the peak. This is exactly why the Twin- Up concept has great chances of becoming a mass production model.
The Volkswagen Twin-Up weights more than the XL1. It has 1,205 kg (2,656 lbs), this meaning that it has pun on 410 kg (904 lbs) compared to the suggestively named XL1. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor and an 8.6 kWh battery while the diesel fuel tank can store 33 liters. Some of the power is provided by the two-cylinder 800cc common-rail diesel engine which is also used on the XL1. We find it installed transversally in the engine bay. The engine produces 47 bhp (35 kW) and 88 lb-ft (119 Nm) of torque and works mated to an electric motor generating 47 bhp and 103 lb-ft (139 Nm). As a result of the engine configuration, the Twin-Up has a combined power of 74 bhp (55 kW) and 158 lb-ft (214 Nm) sent to the front axle via a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox.
The Volkswagen Twin-Up can run from 0 to 37 mph (59.5 km/h) in 8.8 seconds and the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 15.7 seconds. It can go up to an electronically limited maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) in hybrid mode. The CO2 emissions are quite impressive. It has 257 mpg UK (214 mpg US or 1.1 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 27 g/km. It also has an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (50 km) during which it can reach top speeds of up to 78 mph (125.5 km/h). The German company stated clearly that by the time Tokyo Motor Show begins, they will present another concept, closer to the final production vehicle. So, by the end of November, we will get a better idea on the future car.
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