Volkswagen Passat TDI(R) Clean Diesel Attempts to Set World Record for Fuel Economy Around the Lower 48 U.S. States

Volkswagen Passat TDI(R) Clean Diesel Attempts to Set World Record for Fuel 
Economy Around the Lower 48 U.S. States 
Volkswagen of America Bids to Beat the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R)
Achievement for the "Lowest Fuel Consumption-48 U.S. States for a
Non-Hybrid Car" 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/07/13 --  Volkswagen of America
announced today that it will challenge the existing GUINNESS WORLD
RECORDS(R) achievement for the "lowest fuel consumption-48 U.S.
states for a non-hybrid car." Two drivers will pilot a 2013 Passat
TDI(R) Clean Diesel, leaving from and returning to Volkswagen's
Herndon, Va. headquarters. This 8,000-mile, 48 contiguous state drive
entails traveling west along a southerly route and circling back via
a northerly one for approximately two weeks. The drivers will stop at
various points along the way and will share their experiences through
Volkswagen's social media channels: @VW, #VWTDI, and 
The 2013 Passat TDI uses Volkswagen's advanced turbocharged and
direct-injection Clean Diesel engine to achieve EPA estimated highway
fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed
manual transmission. This enables the Passat TDI to go up to 795
highway miles before needing to refuel.  
Wayne Gerdes, founder of -- an online community
dedicated to raising fuel economy and lowering emissions -- will be
the primary driver. Automotive journalist Gerdes has made a career
out of hypermiling and has set mileage records in more than 100
vehicles, as well as achieving the record for lowest fuel consumption
in the lower 48 U.S. states with a hybrid vehicle. He will be
accompanied by Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in
energy and conservation projects. "It's going to be a great adventure
and I'm confident we can improve upon the current record of 67.9 mpg
in the fuel-efficient Passat TDI," Gerdes said. 
The Passat TDI Clean Diesel departed from Volkswagen of America's
headquarters on Friday, June 7th, at 12:00 p.m. Herndon Mayor Lisa C.
Merkel officiated at the opening ceremony to certify that Guinness
World Records guidelines were followed correctly. 
David Geanacopoulos, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and
General Counsel of Volkswagen Group of America, said: "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.
We are also very proud that the Passat TDI is one of seven vehicles
in the current Volkswagen lineup that have an EPA fuel economy rating
of 40 mpg or better on the highway." 
Clean Diesel engines are just one part of Volkswagen's approach to
sustainable mobility, encapsulated by the Think Blue.(R) philosophy.
Volkswagen employs a wide range of powertrains -- diesel, electric,
hybrid, and intelligently downsized turbocharged gasoline engines --
in its quest to be among the most eco-conscious automakers in the
world. That approach extends to the factories in which the cars are
built and the processes by which they are made.  
For the attempt, the Passat TDI will use Shell ultra-low-sulfur
diesel fuel, available at nearly 8,000 Shell stations nationwide, and
Continental PureContact(R) with EcoPlus(R) Technology tires, which
have Tg-F polymers to help reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel
efficiency. The record-seeking Passat TDI has been equipped with a
Linear Logic ScanGauge II to precisely measure fuel economy and a
Droid(R) RAZR MAXX(TM) HD by Motorola(R) smartphone to provide
Guinness World Records tracking requirements and long-lasting
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
 Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of
America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
(VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of
Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations
in the United States include research and development, parts and
vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and
service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen
Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and
Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle
Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat,
CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and Routan vehicles through approximately 600
independent U.S. dealers. 
 This press release and images are
available at Follow us @VWNews: #VWTDI, #VWThinkBlue. 
"TDI", "VW", "Volkswagen", all model names and the Volkswagen logo
are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. "Continental", "EcoPlus",
and "PureContact" are trademarks of Continental Reifen Deutschland
GmbH. "Droid" is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. "GUINNESS WORLDS
RECORDS" is a trademark of Guinness World Records Ltd. "MAXX" is a
trademark and "Motorola" is a registered trademark of Motorola
Trademark Holdings LLC.  
2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel (manual transmission) EPA estimates: 31
city/43 highway mpg. Range based on 43 mpg highway EPA estimate and
an 18.5-gallon fuel tank. Actual mileage will vary and depends on
several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition. 
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