Volkswagen smashes fuel economy world record

Volkswagen smashes fuel economy world record

Passat diesel tours the US using just 3.0L/100km!

The Passat TDI toured all 48 mainland states and averaged a remarkable 77.99 mpg (3.02L/100km)!

A Volkswagen Passat has set a Guinness World Record after touring mainland USA using an average of just over 3 litre of fuel per 100 kilometres.

The Passat TDI Clean Diesel toured all 48 US mainland states on an 8122 mile (13,071km) run and averaged a remarkable 77.99 mpg (3.02L/100km) — more than 10 mpg better than the previous mark set by a non-hybrid car of 67.9 mpg.

The achievement also beats the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 mpg!

Wayne Gerdes, founder of was the primary driver; he says all motorists can save fuel by just adopting these simple techniques;

  • Plan in advance: look for impediments or topography 15 to 45 seconds ahead, rather than reacting to where you’re currently driving. Use downhill momentum to help crest an uphill section.
  • Allow the rabbits to win the race to the stoplights. Heavy braking and acceleration consume fuel at a far greater rate than coasting between intersections.
  • Obey speed limits: The difference in fuel economy between 55 mph and 75 mph can be as much as 30 percent or even higher in some cars.

Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., said the achievement was remarkable.

“To cover 8122 miles on just 104.94 gallons of fuel is nothing short of astonishing and shows just how economical our TDI Clean Diesel vehicles can be.”

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