Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion sets world record for longest drive on one tank of gas

It may not be the type of record that gets us all out of our seats, but it’s still a record worth mentioning, especially for those that gets their thrills on the exciting world of fuel efficiency.

A Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion set the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by an unmodified production vehicle carrying a single tank of gas. The record, which was set by fellow scribe Gavin Conway of the Sunday Times, covered a distance of 1,526.63 miles while carrying 77.25 liters – about 20.41 gallons – of gas.

To verify the authenticity of the record-breaking attempt, Conway, together with his navigator and video crew, was accompanied by a pair of Automobile Association patrolmen for the entire duration of the trip. Speaking of the car’s fuel efficiency, the Passat ran at an average of 45 mph while consuming 74.88 US mpg or 3.4 liters/100km, breaking its previous combined average of 53.46 US mpg or 4.40 liter/100km.

Those numbers aren’t exactly the type of figures that gets us all geeked up, but hey, a record is a record. And so, we tip our hats off to Mr. Conway and the Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion for their record-breaking performance.


9 comments:

Wow! That record is quite impressive! I never thought the VW Passat would make that world breaking lap record. I can’t wait to test drive it myself!

You need to be mindful of whether those measurements are using the English or Imperial gallon.

People keeps reading improperly. I’m talking about driving style here, not the engine type. If you think that even a diesel can attain such numbers with normal driving then let me say that "not anything that flies also can be eaten" as we got a phrase here. But, that you mentioned it, this was got with a 1.6TDI. Well, people who test drove it already here in Europe said is rather slow performing (even in a lighter Golf), compared to expectations, it’s only good trait being economy. So, good luck having fun of it. Seems that people in US are so excited about diesels that they believe that "anything that flies also can be eaten".

they should put the same thing on a smaller car. It’d be even more efficient, lighter, faster, cheaper...

Really sad when such a legendary car comes to the end of its production line

VAG grew so much in the past ten years because it got lucky with the expansion on the Eastern European markets. Porsche Holding is the largest car dealer in Europe and yet it sells VAG cars exclusively on the Eastern European markets.

The Touareg BlueMotion Hybrid will feature a supercharged 3.0L TSI V6 engine that’s shared with the Audi S4 along with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. While many would likely be awfully pleased just to see that drive train in the Touareg, the big news is what’s sandwiched between them, namely, a 38 kW electric motor that gets power from a 288-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack."

It makes me mad that only Volkswagen/Audi will bring diesels to the states. I know the argument is that American’s don’t like diesels because of past experience with terrible diesels. But American’s do like getting awesome gas mileage - if Honda can sell the original insight - which was tiny and ugly, then why couldn’t they sell a civic, which is not tiny and attractive, which got great gas mileage? I think Honda sells their civic diesel in Canada and it’s rated like..34/48 or something - are you kidding me? Bring that here please - it isn’t like Honda Civic hybrids are flying off dealer lots. (I didn’t mean to make this a Honda-centric conversation.)

It makes me mad that only Volkswagen/Audi will bring diesels to the states. I know the argument is that American’s don’t like diesels because of past experience with terrible diesels. But American’s do like getting awesome gas mileage - if Honda can sell the original insight - which was tiny and ugly, then why couldn’t they sell a civic, which is not tiny and attractive, which got great gas mileage? I think Honda sells their civic diesel in Canada and it’s rated like..34/48 or something - are you kidding me? Bring that here please - it isn’t like Honda Civic hybrids are flying off dealer lots. (I didn’t mean to make this a Honda-centric conversation.)

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