This car was powered by a 1 liter diesel engine and achieved a verified 170 miles-per-gallon. With its hybrid drive engaged, the mileage rose to an incredible 235 MPG. Put another way, on about two gallons of diesel, this VW could go almost 500 miles before it needed more diesel. And it would only need two more gallons to travel another almost 500 miles.
Cheaper, cleaner than electric, but dead. Killed by US (indirectly, diesel "scandal"). This is a curious story of VW being singled out, yet hard to grasp reasons, because dirty diesel is probably last item on any list in this saga.