Volkswagen has announced the Passat TDI has set a new Guinness World Record for achieving the lowest average fuel consumption during a drive throughout the contiguous United States.

Volkswagen has announced the Passat TDI has set a new Guinness World Record for achieving the lowest average fuel consumption during a drive throughout the contiguous United States.

Over the course of the seventeen day trip, Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger travelled 8,122 miles (13,071 km) and visited all 48 states. In the end, they averaged 77.99 mpg US (3.0 L/100km / 93.6 mpg UK) which beat the previous non-hybrid record of 67.9 mpg US (3.4 L/100km / 81.5 mpg UK). The Passat TDI even beat the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg (3.6 L/100km / 77.5 mpg UK).

In a statement, Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning said "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."

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