The Passat took the title by achieving over 10 miles per gallon more than the previous record holder: The Passat 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 PS), covered the route with an average fuel consumption of 78 miles per gallon of diesel. That corresponds to 3.02 l/100 km, even though the standard fuel consumption of the Passat produced at the US plant in Chattanooga is stated to be significantly higher at 5.5 l/100 km (43 mpg).
"Our illustration with this standard Passat shows how much influence the driver really has on the fuel consumption of a car," explained blogger Wayne Gerdes, who along with engineer Bob Winger formed the driver team for the world record attempt. Together they covered 8,122 miles (approx. 13,071 km) right across 48 of the 50 US states, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii. On their arrival in Herndon, near Washington D.C. after 16 days driving, they were justifiably delighted at their extraordinary achievement, which was confirmed by Guinness World Records.
¹31 city mpg. EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary.
The fuel consumption figures refer to the model offered for sale in the USA. Equipment features and fuel consumption may vary from country to country. Please contact your Volkswagen dealer for further information.