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We may still be a decade away from real flying / hover cars hitting the streets, but here's another look at Volkswagen's interesting concept. Designed by student Wang Jia, it's a wheel-less pod that uses electromagnetic levitation to float just above the road. Her dream is to help decongest the roadways in her hometown of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more information.

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Here's another look at the Volkswagen XL1, the world's most efficient car. This two-seat diesel-electric hybrid car emits 24 g/km of carbon dioxide and can achieve fuel efficiency of 313 miles per gallon. It was designed from scratch and is lightweight as some steel components, including the chassis, have been replaced by carbon fiber so that the car weighs in at just 795kg. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Volkswagen first started offering "pop tops" on its camper vans over thirty years ago, and since then, the soft-sided interior height-extenders have become a common sight on the company's vans parked in campgrounds all around the world. Introducing the Transporter T5 DoubleBack by Welsh-based Overlander Motorhomes. Featuring a sliding insulated pod that extends the interior length of Volkwagen's T5 Transporter van in under 45-seconds. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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This one-off Volkswagen has a 3L engine that cranks out 500bhp, enabling it to rocket from 0-62mph in just 3.9-seconds, but unfortunately, it costs a jaw-dropping $5.1-million. It's called the Volkswagen Golf Design Vision GTI and has more than double the power of a standard Golf as well as being slightly shorter, lower and wider, adding a set of sleek 20" alloy wheels and 15-inch brakes to supply the four-wheel drive car with strong stopping power. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny geek pictures gallery. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Here's yet another look at the Volkswagen XL1, the world's most efficient car. It achieves a combined fuel consumption of 261mpg and CO2 emissions of 24 g/km. Like the L1, the XL1 uses a two-cylinder turbo-diesel. Displacing 800 cm3, it is rated at 35 kW (47 hp) and 121 Nm (89 lb-ft) of torque and transmits power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed DSG transmission. The electric motor pitches in with 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) of torque, and can work in parallel with the diesel or drive the car independent of it. Fully charged, the XL1 can travel up to 35 km (22 mi) on electric power. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and additional information.

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If you were to buy a factory tuned Volkswagen Golf MK1 it would have a mere 112 horsepower from the most robust form of its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. However, Boba Motoring decided to multiply its power output by 10. That's right, 1,000 horsepower in a vehicle with a wheelbase of just 94.5 inches. Continue reading for the video.

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Sleek and stylish, the futuristic-looking Volkswagen Aqua - by Chinese industrial designer Yuhan Zhang - is the company's latest concept vehicle, and it's a doozy. This vehicle features a hybrid setup, with the main engine powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and the fans at the end of vehicle controlling the thrust. To top things off, the steering system is powered by individual electric motors. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Pop top camper vans may not be as popular as they were a few decades ago, but Welsh company Overlander Motorhomes has given the Volkswagen Transporter Van a complete makeover. The T5 DoubleBack adds a sliding insulated pod that extends the interior length of the van. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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For those who haven't seen the Volkswagen XL1 before, it's essentially a two-person hybrid car designed to be able to travel 100 km on 0.9 liters of diesel fuel - the equivalent of 261 MPG - while being both roadworthy and practical. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and additional information.

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Think of the Volkswagen Transporter DoubleBack as a transformer, but instead of transforming into a robot, it becomes a luxurious camper. It features an "extendable passenger compartment that [conceals] a fold-out double bed in the pod, an elevating roof, a kitchenette", and lots of other amenities you'd expect to find at home. Continue reading for a video tour of the vehicle.

[via LikeCool]

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