Volkswagen Passat TDI(R) Clean Diesel Sets World Record for Fuel Economy Around the Lower 48 U.S. States -- at 77.99 MPG

Volkswagen Passat TDI(R) Clean Diesel Sets World Record for Fuel Economy Around 
the Lower 48 U.S. States -- at 77.99 MPG 
Volkswagen of America Beats the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) Achievement
for the Lowest Fuel Consumption-48 U.S. States 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/13 --  Volkswagen of America
announced today that it has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R)
achievement for the "lowest fuel consumption-48 U.S. states for a
non-hybrid car" category with a stellar 77.99 mpg -- more than 10 mpg
better than the previous mark of 67.9 mpg. The achievement also beats
the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 mpg. 
The Passat TDI Clean Diesel departed from Volkswagen of America's
headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on Friday, June 7th, at 12:00 pm
and arrived back on June 24th, having covered 8122 miles and visited
all 48 states. The car, along with drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob
Winger, were greeted in Herndon by Volkswagen employees as well as
Virginia State Delegates Tom Rust and Jim LeMunyon. 
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.
Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America,
Inc., 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." 
Wayne Gerdes, founder of was 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 at 64.6 mpg. His co-driver was Bob
Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and
conservation projects. 
"We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with the
ssat TDI," Gerdes said, "but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is
really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen's
TDI Clean Diesel vehicles. Obviously, we employ some specialized
techniques to achieve such figures, but there's no reason why owners
of TDI vehicles shouldn't be able to achieve great mileage with a few
simple pointers." Gerdes suggests: 

--  Plan in advance: look for impediments or topography 15 to 45 seconds
    ahead, rather than reacting to where you're currently driving. Use
    downhill momentum to help crest an uphill section.
--  Allow the rabbits to win the race to the stoplights. Heavy braking and
    acceleration consume fuel at a far greater rate than coasting between
--  Obey speed limits: The difference in fuel economy between 55 mph and
    75 mph can be as much as 30 percent or even higher in some cars.

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.  
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 used 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-setting Passat TDI was 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 connectivity. 
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. 
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. 
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