Jun 25 2013, 12:30pm CDT | by Shane McGlaun
Volkswagen has announced that it has set a Guinness World Record using its Passat TDI clean diesel for fuel efficiency in 48 US states. The fuel efficiency record was set for a non-hybrid car with the Volkswagen achieving 77.99 MPG. That is 10 MPG better than the previous 67.9 MPG rating.
Interestingly, the Passat TDI clean diesel fuel efficiency record also means the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 miles per gallon. Delegate Tom Rust said: "Breaking a world record is a huge accomplishment, and I'm especially pleased that Volkswagen of America—a Herndon, Virginia-based company—is doing its part to make its products more environmentally compatible and less dependent on foreign oil by using cutting-edge diesel technology. Congratulations!"
The vehicle that set the record was powered by shell ultralow sulfur diesel fuel and used special Continental PureContact tires with low rolling resistance polymers. The vehicles also equipped with a Linear Logic ScanGuage II to measure fuel economy and a Droid RAZR MAXX HD smartphone to provide Guesses World Records tracking measurements.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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