Wolfsburg / Herndon, June 24 2013: A classic among fuel economy drives is conquering all US States apart from Alaska and Hawaii, and a Volkswagen Passat TDI, produced at the company’s Chattanooga (Tennessee) plant, has now covered the distance of 8,122 miles with record low fuel consumption of 93.5 mpg and within 16 days. The record drive was witnessed by officials of the Guinness World Record Organisation.
The driver team, blogger Wayne Gerdes and engineer Bob Winger, achieved a fuel consumption of only 3.02 litres per 100 km, or 93.5 mpg. ‘We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with a series production Passat TDI,’ Gerdes said, ‘but to smash it by averaging over 93 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI vehicles. It also shows how much the fuel consumption depends on the driver.’ The previous world record was set at 81.54 miles per gallon.
Note to editors: All the figures in this release are imperial. The US Passat is not sold in the UK.9253/KT/rl
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