2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

VW Passat drives 1,626 miles on one tank of fuel

John and Helen Taylor complete a 1626-mile drive in Chattanooga-built 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI without stopping for fuel!

John and Helen Taylor broke the world record last week for the farthest distance ever traveled on a single tank of fuel. They took a Volkswagen Passat and drove 1,626 miles from Houston, TX to Sterling, Virginia on May 3rd to the 5th, and never stopped for fuel. The vehicle they used was a factory 2012 Passat TDI diesel with a six-speed manual transmission. The couple was able to average an incredible 84.1 mpg during the three-day trip.

The previous record for the most miles covered on a single tank of diesel was 1526.6 miles, achieved with a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel in Europe. The couple didn’t strip the seats out of the vehicle or take anything else out in order to reduce weight, but included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during daylight hours to experience normal traffic situations.

The Taylors were not put up to this by Volkswagen, but the couple is not new to the high mileage game. And if you think you can achieve mileage like this, think again, because the Taylor’s are professionals. They have previously set the "48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy Guinness World Record”, and often run workshops on driving efficiently. The also run a website called Fuel Academy.

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There is no way a tdi vw will get that mpg. They are not on interstate at 70 mph.
I'll be test driving one of these next week here in Wyoming where the interstate speed limit is 75mph. I'll let you know what kind of mileage it gets.
Following up, on one tank of fuel I managed 820 miles without trying (no eco-driving, I punched it a LOT and no hypermiling of any kind). So I think doubling that would be feasible.
Just wait until we start seeing diesel elective hybrids. They've been doing it in trains for years.
There's a big difference between the way a train operates and the way current diesel-electrics (like the Citroen DS5) operate. Still, you're right. A diesel engine as a generator is way more efficient than a gasoline engine for that purpose. So a car like the Chevy Volt or Fisker Karma would be a lot more efficient with a TDI under the hood than it is with a gas engine. A Prius? Not so much.
Fiesta ECOnetic Technology , so why is this car not offered in the USA if it is so fuel efficient ? we need more cars with this kind of milage availale to us with such high fuel prices. Vw still offers great mileage, my 2011 jetta averages about 30 miles gallon of gas.

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