Volkswagen Passat TDI Attempts to Set World Record for Fuel Economy

Volkswagen of America has announced that it will challenge the existing Guinness World Record for the “lowest fuel consumption-48 US states for a non-hybrid car" with the 2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel.
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According to the automaker, a 2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel will be driven for 8,000 miles through the US' 48 contiguous states for about two weeks. The driving team has already left Volkswagen's Herndon, Virginia headquarters and will return while stopping at various points along the way to share their experience via VW's social media channels.

“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,” said David Geanacopoulos, executive vice president for public affairs and general counsel of Volkswagen.

The 2013 Passat TDI returns an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
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