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VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel Attempts Guinness World Record for Fuel Economy

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel Attempts Guinness World Record for Fuel EconomyVW Passat TDI Picture FINAL

Volkswagen is attempting to top the current Guinness World Record for the highest fuel economy by a non-hybrid vehicle driven across the continental U.S. Two drivers, Wayne Gerdes (founder and journalist for cleanmpg.com) and Bob Winger (an electronics engineer), are road tripping a 2013 Passat TDI Clean Diesel over 8,000 miles. The mark to beat: 67.9 mpg.

Gerdes and Winger departed in the TDI Clean Diesel 10 days ago from VW’s headquarters in Herndon, VA. Their plan is to travel west along a southerly route and circle back using a northerly route over a two-week period. The TDI Clean Diesel was last spotted in Livingston, MT, according to social media.

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.

What are your thoughts? Can the VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel beat the current Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption?

Follow their journey and find out when the TDI Clean Diesel will make its way to Chicago: @VW, #VWTDI and Facebook.com/VW.

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