2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Single-Tank Diesel Distance Record

By Michael Acampora on 8 May 2012
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A 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI has set the record for the longest distance driven in a single passenger car on a single tank of clean diesel fuel. The Passat was a stock vehicle with six-speed manual transmission. John and Helen Taylor, experts in fuel-efficient driving techniques, drove in the record-breaking effort.

Over the course of the three-day, 1626-mile (2,615.79 km) journey, the Taylors averaged 84.1 miles per gallon (2.8 L/100km). The trip started May 3 in Houston, and covered nine states before ending in Sterling, Virginia.

To simulate real-world conditions, the Taylors brought along 120 pounds (54.43 kg) of luggage, and drove during daylight hours to experience normal traffic scenarios. The couple also did not travel more than 14 hours in a single day.

The vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower, and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Passat has an EPA-estimated 43 mpg (5.47 L/100km) on the highway, and is also equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR). The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI was built at the world’s only LEED Platinum certified automotive factory, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The previous record was set by a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel at 1526.6 miles (2,456.82 km).

(Photo: Jonathan Spira)