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What would consider decent economy? Sixty mpg? Eighty? How about 118mpg?

That’s what VW is aiming for, as reports have emerged suggesting that the German manufacturer is planning to put a ‘two litre’ car into production.

That’s ‘two litre’ as in two litres of fuel per 100km – or a massive 118mpg in British pounds. VW released a ‘three litre’ Lupo a few years back (or 95mpg) which, according our resident road tester Mr Piero Ward, was ‘properly rubbish’.

But the ‘two litre’ car is expected to be based on a revised version of the VW Up, and to be powered by a tiny three-cylinder, likely displacing around one litre. A two-cylinder engine had been considered for the project, but the high-revving nature of the twin proved too thirsty.

If 118mpg still isn’t frugal enough for you, VW has confirmed that it is still working on bringing a ‘one litre’ car into a production – that’s a mighty 235mpg. Back in 2002, VW unveiled a two-seater, three-wheeled concept capable of over 100km on a single litre of fuel, and VW top brass believe that it is possible to bring such a car to production – though likely not for several years.

In the meantime, though, you’ll have to make do with the Smart ForTwo diesel and its pitiful 86mpg…

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