Faster, lighter, 70mpg

German car makers Audi and Volkswagen just decided to discontinue their famous “3 Liter cars” Audi A2 TDI and Lupo 3L (78 mpg), so the most efficient German car is currently the smart CDI (at 3.4 l/100km – 69 mgp). But Daimler-Chrysler is still considering to discontinue or to sell the smart series as well.

But there is hope: Volkswagen introduced the light-weight (850kg) and fast (240 km/h – 142 mpg) Eco-Racer (source: VW) which has an enormous mpg of 69 mpg (3,4 l/100km). I don´t think everybody will drive such a two seater carbon fibre car but the incidentially introduced 1,5 l/100km 136 PS Diesel will have certainly future.

Oberpfalznetz: “Die Käufer wohlfeiler Automobile rechnen längst mit Zehnteln. 3,4 Liter pro 100 Kilometer nach Norm beim smart cdi sind die Messlatte, nachdem VW Lupo 3L und Audi A2 1.2 TDI mit 2,99 Litern das Zeitliche segneten. Wo die Reise hingeht, zeigt der Eco-Racer von VW: 850 kg, von null auf 100 in 6,3 Sekunden, 230 km/h, 3,4 Liter. Natürlich fahren wir morgen nicht alle in einem Kohlefaser-Zweisitzer. Den kann kein Mensch bezahlen. Aber der in ihm beiläufig angekündigte neue 1,5-Liter-Diesel (136 PS, 250 Nm), der hat Zukunft.”

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