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Christopher Bruce2013-06-24 19:46:50

Passat Completes Guinness World Record with 78mpg

The drivers covered 8,122 miles in an unmodified Passat TDI

 
 
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The car averaged 77.99mpg and was completely unmodified

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have set a new Guinness World Record for fuel economy around the 48 US states at 78mpg or 3.02l/100km.

Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger covered 8,122 miles (13,071km) and drove through 48 of the US states.

“We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with a series production Passat TDI but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI vehicles. It shows how much the fuel consumption depends on the driver,” said Gerdes.

The previous Guinness World Record for the feat was 67.9mpg.

The Passat TDI is officially rated a 43mpg (5.5l/100km) in the US when equipped with a six-speed manual and 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder with 140hp.

 

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VolkswagenVolkswagen
PassatPassat
Passat Gen.7 [B7]Passat Gen.7 [B7]
Passat 2.0 TDI ConfortlinePassat 2.0 TDI Confortline
Engine
Straight
Displacement
120 cu in
Top Speed
141 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
177 hp @ 4200 rpm
Type
Saloon (sedan)
Fuel
Diesel / Electric
Fuel consumption (combined)
51.13 US MPG
price
$ 55.473
* based on Portugal prices
annual ownership cost
$ 1.467

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