A fuel efficient vehicle may give you the range of 400 miles, maybe 500 miles, or perhaps even 600 miles with a diesel. Those are impressive distances, but to show off what their latest BlueMotion technology can do, Volkswagen just set the single-tank distance record by traveling a staggering 1,527 miles.
Starting from Kent, England with a full tank of diesel fuel, the 1.6-liter TDI-equipped VW Passat BlueMotion accomplished a feat that few hybrids can match. The Passat was a production model and and featured Stop/Start technology and low rolling resistance tires, which both aid fuel efficiency.
The team averaged 45 miles per hour and attempting to drive from Kent to the South of France and back. The Passat finally ran out of fuel around Calais. Despite being unable to make it back to England, the car was able to set a Guinness World Record.
Although the Passat BlueMotion is technically rated at 64.2 miles per gallon (which is extremely impressive), this record breaking drive resulted in an overall fuel consumption of 89.83 miles per gallon.
To put this into perspective, the VW Passat BlueMotion traveled a distance equivalent to driving from London to Malaga, without needing to refuel or from New York to Los Angeles with a single stop for diesel.
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