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Expect Fewer trips to the pump

in a Volkswagen

Anxious moment as the gas station attendant pumps the fuel and you await the verdict – the bill! It’s a reality many drivers re-live on a weekly basis, perhaps more than weekly depending on the miles per gallon delivered by their cars. It used to be that a combined fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon was something to write home about. But automakers such as Volkswagen have long raised the bar to over 40 miles per gallon as the average to beat. “It’s one of the many reasons why we position the brand as the best value for money on the market. Models in our range such as the Passat, Jetta, Polo and Cross Polo easily deliver up to 48MPG. With such excellent mileage, you could drive from Kingston to Ocho Rios and back on just a quarter tank of gas,” explained ATL Automotive’s Volkswagen Brand Manager, Adam Harris. He added, “even a twin charged (Turbo & Super charged) Jetta still delivers over 40MPG. Where others sacrifice fuel economy for power, Volkswagen’s engineers have expertly engineered a car that’s both fun to drive and efficient.” With tech-savvy car buyers now zooming in on finer details like fuel economy and carbon emission, the race is on amongst car buyers as they try to save buyers’ money at the pump. However, at the moment, the brand to beat is Volkswagen.

Volkswagen XL1 the World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car The super-efficient Volkswagen XL1 burst onto the automotive scene with a staggering 313MPG in 2013, crowning itself the undisputed, most fuel efficient car in the world. The XL1 features new construction techniques, an innovative futuristiclooking body and hybrid drive-train to dramatically increase fuel economy. The two-seat diesel-electric hybrid car emits 24 g/ km of carbon dioxide, which the German auto manufacturer says sets a new benchmark for vehicle efficiency. The XL1 was designed from scratch and is lightweight, as some steel components including the chassis, have been replaced by carbon fibre so that the car weighs in at just 795kg. The edgy design is intended to reduce drag and it features ‘scissor doors’ which were famously featured in the DeLorean DMC-12, used in the Back to the Future films.

To achieve the target fuel consumption figure the XL1 was aerodynamically optimised, adopting a classic ‘tear drop’ shape and using innovations such as removing traditional wing mirrors and replacing them with small cameras called e-Mirrors, which transmit exterior images to interior displays. Volkswagen’s car measures almost four metres long and 1.7metres wide, making it similar in size to the VW Polo, yet it is just 1.2metres tall, making it a similar height to a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. It is powered by a compact 800 cc two-cylinder diesel engine and together with the 20kW electric motor, it car can travel over 600 miles on a single tank of fuel. The model gets its name from the car’s European fuel efficiency rating and was originally designed to use less than one litre of fuel per 100km – the equivalent of 282mpg – although it now exceeds this. In pure electric mode, the XL1 can travel up to 35km before the diesel engine cuts in. The car can go from 0-60mph in 11.9 seconds and its electronically limited top speed is 99 mph. Only 250 of the XL1 cars been made, with a total of 200,000 available for sale, as 50 of the vehicles were pre-production models. That’s the Power of German Engineering.


CR-V Starting Price Monthly Payment: $65,089 20% Duty $75,436 Full Duty

A3 Sportback Starting Price Monthly Payment: $64,368 20% Duty $83,290 Full Duty

Accord Starting Price Monthly Payment: $63,272 20% Duty $76,405 Full Duty

Q5 Starting Price Monthly Payment: $107,175 20% Duty $138,798 Full Duty

Fit Starting Price Monthly Payment: $34,551 20% Duty $43,670 Full Duty

Q3 Starting Price Monthly Payment: $73,776 20% Duty $95,915 Full Duty

Civic Starting Price Monthly Payment: $45,579 20% Duty $55,364 Full Duty

A7 Starting Price Monthly Payment: $160,057 20% Duty $201,452 Full Duty

Tiguan Starting Price Monthly Payment: $59,100 20% Duty $74,200 Full Duty

Evoque Starting Price Monthly Payment: $90,810 20% Duty $106,791 Full Duty

Discovery 4 Starting Price Monthly Payment: $146,751 20% Duty $184,574 Full Duty

XF Starting Price Monthly Payment: $109,639 20% Duty $121,106 Full Duty

Passat Sedan Starting Price Monthly Payment: $52,300 20% Duty $65,100 Full Duty

F-TYPE Starting Price Monthly Payment: $247,271 20% Duty $280,172 Full Duty

Polo Starting Price Monthly Payment: $37,200 20% Duty $45,400 Full Duty

Jetta Starting Price Monthly Payment: $50,600 20% Duty $60,600 Full Duty

Range Rover Sport Starting Price Monthly Payment: $252,648 20% Duty $289,412 Full Duty

Freelander 2 Starting Price Monthly Payment: $88,947 20% Duty $105,958 Full Duty

Monthly payments are based on lowest bank rates

Sporty, Powerful & Fast! As exotic as its name, the Tiguan is a classy crossover with a beautiful interior. Beyond its stunning looks is a depth of power that outclasses all others in its segment. It’s the only true 4x4 in its class with features such as Volkswagen’s 4Motion Permanent AllWheel-Drive system, a 2.0L TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) engine, up to 212hp, 280Nm of torque, 7 Speed DSG Automatic Transmission, premium touch screen entertainment system. A 5 Star crash safety rating gives that peace of mind of safety behind a fun drive. It’s like driving a Golf that’s higher off the ground. With more standard features, the best safety rating, and the best performance, we reckon it’s about time you not just take our word for it. Experience it for yourself; book your test drive now.



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