Via The Huffington Post.

Volkswagen has traditionally been known more for its quirky branding than its bold claims. That didn’t stop the German automaker from recently declaring that it had built “the most fuel-efficient car in the world.”

Though, it won’t be available until 2013, the two-seater L1 — which stands for its one-liter fuel capacity — quickly become the talk of Frankfurt. The diesel-electric hybrid engine gets a whopping 157.8 miles per gallon and tops out at 100 miles per hour, according to CarConnection. The L1 also has an “impressive” driving range of 416 miles, which beats plug-in competitors.

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