The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Clean Diesel has taken down the Guinness World Record for "lowest fuel consumption - 48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car."
Yesterday, we found that the Honda Civic Tourer i-DTEC took down the record for :Lowest fuel consumption - all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)" and now a VW Golf TDI Clean Diesel has established a similar record, but in the non-hybrid category in United States. During the 16-day trip around United States, the frugal hatchback managed to return an impressive 81.17 mpg US (2.89 liters / 100 km or 97.48 mpg UK), thus improving the previous record by more than 3 mpg and it also beat the hybrid record by more than 6 mpg.
Behind the wheels was automotive journalist Wayne Gerdes who drove the car alternatively with Bob Winger, an electronics engineer. They covered 8,233.5 miles (13,250 km) around United States and in the process they only used $294.98 worth of Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel.
It should be mentioned the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Clean Diesel came equipped with Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires that have a fuel-saving tread compound. In charge of measuring fuel economy was a Linear Logic ScanGauge II while LG G4 smartphones along with a Garmin nüvi 57 LM GPS navigator were also necessary to comply with the Guinness tracking requirements.