Putin and Merkel check out the VW XL1 image

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel have recently stepped in a Volkswagen XL1 during the Hannover Messe Industrie 2013.

Russia is Germany’s partner country in the world’s biggest industrial fair in 2013 so the two leaders of states have been seen together during the event. Putin and Merkel were interested in the Volkswagen XL1, the impressive vehicle which is able to burn just 0.9 liters of fuel every 100 km (313 mpg UK / 261 mpg US). Putin’s facial expression while being behind the wheel in the XL1 is as impenetrable as always but his moves were saying that the Russian leader probably liked the model.

As a quick reminder, the Volkswagen XL1, in its final production shape, has been officially presented to the public during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, last month. The model is powered by an 800cc two-cylinder engine, which is producing 47 BHP, backed up by an electric motor, generating 27 BHP, and a 5.5 kWh battery pack. In ideal conditions of the real world, the XL1 can return a whopping 127 mpg (UK). Total weight stands at just 795 kg, and the model is 3.8 meters long and 1.66 meters wide. The model is burning 0.9 L / 100 km.