Volkswagen has announced plans to attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the having the lowest fuel consumption during a trip throughout the contiguous United States.

Volkswagen has announced plans to attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the having the lowest fuel consumption during a trip throughout the contiguous United States.

In an effort to break the previous record, two drivers will pilot a 2013 Passat TDI 8,000 miles (12,875) over the course of two weeks. The Passat left Volkswagen's U.S. headquarters earlier today and the duo will have been hypermiling ever since.

According to David Geanacopoulos, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and General Counsel of Volkswagen Group of America, "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. "

As a refresher, the Passat TDI has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that develops 140 bhp (104 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, the model returns 31 mpg city / 43 mpg highway (US).

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