VW has announced that it will try to beat an existing Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption around the lower 48 US states for a non-hybrid car.
VW has announced that it will try to beat an existing Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption around the lower 48 US states for a non-hybrid car. Two drivers will drive a 2013 Passat TDI diesel 8,000 miles, which will take them through 48 states and take up to two weeks.
Wayne Gerdes, founder of cleanmpg.com and Bob Winger, an electronics engineer will pilot the Passat TDI. “It’s going to be a great adventure and I’m confident we can improve upon the current record of 67.9 mpg in the fuel-efficient Passat TDI,” Gerdes said. The 2013 Passat TDI is rated at 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This enables the Passat TDI to go up to 795 highway miles before needing to refuel.
David Geanacopoulos, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and General Counsel of Volkswagen Group of America, said: “This is a fun and exciting way for Volkswagen to demonstrate the efficiency advantages of diesel technology. The Passat TDI is a remarkable car and we think it has a good chance to beat the existing world record. We are also very proud that the Passat TDI is one of seven vehicles in the current Volkswagen lineup that have an EPA fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or better on the highway.”