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A Volkswagen Passat TDI, produced at the Volkswagen Chattanooga (Tennessee) plant, now has covered 8,122 miles (13,071 km) with record low fuel consumption and within 16 days. The record drive was witnessed by officials of the Guinness World Record Organization.

The driver team, hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes of CleanMPG and engineer Bob Winger, achieved a fuel consumption of only 3.02 l/100 km (77.99 mpg US).

We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with a series production Passat TDI, but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI vehicles. It shows how much the fuel consumption depends on the driver.

—Wayne Gerdes

Volkswagen’s advanced turbocharged and direct-injection TDI engine offers an official highway fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon (EPA) when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (5.5 l/100 km).



In Europe the TDI comes in versions with different HP, which one is this?


In the US we only get the 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder, 140hp version. Also to note, this Passat is bigger than the European Passat.

Bob Wallace

Why do we get only one? Size of vehicles?

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