Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets 78 MPG World Record for Fuel Economy

Volkswagen has announced that it has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption-48 US states for a non-hybrid car” category with its Passat TDI Clean Diesel model.
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Driven by Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, the vehicle achieved an impressive fuel efficiency of 77.99 miles per gallon over 8,122 miles, more than 10 miles per gallon better than the previous record of 67.9 mpg. Furthermore, the achievement also beats the current hybrid car record, which is set at 64.6 miles per gallon.

The diesel sedan departed from Volkswagen of America's headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on Friday, June 7, and arrived back on June 24, having covered 8,122 miles and visited all 48 contiguous states.

"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. Even for everyday drivers, the mileage benefits of our TDI engines are significant: Volkswagen has no fewer than six TDI Clean Diesel models that achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or better on the highway,” said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.
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