SEATTLE —July 9, 2015 — With more Americans looking to save money at the pump, sales of Diesel-powered autos is on the rise and we’re seeing more competition from the likes of Jeep and Mazda. The Volkswagen TDI vehicles’ stellar fuel economy and great torque-driven performance is also impressing the fuel conscious.
Even he heavy Touareg SUV gets a best-in-class 29 miles per gallon on the freeway.
Volkswagen’s 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel car completed a trip of 8,233.5 miles around the lower 48 states in 16 days with 101.43 gallons of diesel, yielding a bill of $294.98. The drivers were able to hit an astounding 81.17 miles per gallon, beating the previous record of 77.99 miles per gallon.
Staff from Guinness Records were on-hand for the award ceremony.
President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Michael Horn, said: “Whether on a long road trip, or even in daily commuting, the great mileage and long range of our TDI models is a pure convenience factor that few other vehicles on sale can match. It’s a simple formula: Less Stop, More Go!”
Wayne Gerdes, automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com, was the primary driver. His co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and conservation projects. Gerdes is an expert hypermiler who has set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles. In 2013, Gerdes set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car” in a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, with an outstanding 77.99 mpg.
“Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel engines are just amazing,” said Wayne Gerdes. “I don’t think people realize the potential mileage you can get from them. In our experience, it is possible to get truly impressive mileage results by using just a few simple fuel-saving techniques.”
The TDI Clean Diesel engines use an advanced turbocharged and direct-injection combination which gets an EPA rating of 45 miles per gallon right off the showroom. Additionally, Volkswagen features TDI Clean Diesel in other cars from its line-up, including; Passat and Jetta which come with an EPA rating over 40 miles per gallon.
Shell was the diesel fuel sponsor, offering its ultra-low-sulfer fuel at more than 8,000 stations around the country. The team used Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires that have a special compound to its tread that also aide in fuel efficiency. Additionally, VW installed a Linear Logic ScanGuage II which provides the driving team precise measurements of fuel in the tank.