Volkswagen has just surpassed Ford in the fuel-economy bragging rights race, with the new Passat BlueMotion traveling a distance of 1,531 miles on just one tank of diesel. Last year, Ford set a record with its new Fusion Hybrid, traveling a total of 1,445 miles.
The drive was performed by Gavin Conway of The Sunday Times and confirmed by the Guinness World Records.
The Passat BlueMotion uses a tiny 1.6-liter 4-cylinder TDI engine with just 103-hp. The car also features aerodynamic bodywork, a lower ride height, longer gearing, low rolling resistance tires and a start-stop system. This engine is also available in the Golf and Polo BlueMotion models, although they probably wouldn’t be able to achieve a longer distance due to smaller fuel tanks. In total, 77.25 liters of diesel was used on the trip, resulting in a total of 90 mpg – well beyond the claimed 64.2-mpg rating for the car.
Official release after the jump:
1,531 miles on one tank: Passat BlueMotion sets new word record
Wolfsburg, 03 October 2010 – A Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion driven by journalist Gavin Conway writing for The Sunday Times has set a new Guinness World Record for the distance travelled by a production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
In setting the record the Passat BlueMotion travelled a distance of 1,531-miles, the equivalent of driving from London to Malaga, without needing to refuel or travelling from Los Angeles to New York with a single stop for fuel.
Powered by a Volkswagen 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine developing 105 PS, the Passat BlueMotion used for the record attempt was a standard production model. In common with the Polo and Golf BlueMotion models, the Passat is fitted with aerodynamic modifications to the bodywork, a lower ride height, Stop-Start, programmed battery charging, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tyres. The result is a vehicle that is completely conventional to drive, service and maintain yet among the most efficient vehicles on the road today.
The record breaking feat was monitored throughout by independent representatives on behalf of the Guinness World Records organisation. The amount of fuel used was accurately measured at 77.25 litres resulting in an overall fuel consumption of 90.0 miles per gallon, substantially exceeding the claimed combined figure of 64.2 mpg.