Hailed as “the world’s most energy efficient production vehicle" by the German carmaker, only 200 examples of the new VW XL1 will be produced – a proportion of which will be made available to UK customers.

The XL1’s unique selling point is that it was designed to be a ‘one litre’ car. This means that it was meant to use one litre of fuel per 100km – equivalent to a whopping 282mpg.

However, the production vehicle actually uses just 0.9 litres per 100km, which means that it returns average fuel economy of 313mpg. In addition, the new Volkswagen XL1 only emits 21g/km of CO2.

Such low figures are achieved by the use of a 47bhp 0.8-litre two-cylinder diesel engine with a 27bhp electric motor, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The model wowed the public with its eye-catching exterior, utilising innovations such as replacing the wing mirrors with small cameras called ‘e-Mirrors’. The e-Mirrors transmit exterior images to interior displays, so the driver can still see behind them.

Lianne McKnight, VW Product Manager, commented: “Enthusiasm for the XL1 has been building since the first concept of the car was unveiled in Qatar in January 2011.“Knowing that production of our cars is now underway and that customers will soon be taking delivery of them is very exciting.

“We’re looking forward to seeing this record-breaking model on UK roads, as well as seeing technologies within it filtering down to many of our mainstream Volkswagen cars."