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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records after completing the mother of all fuel economy runs and breaking the production car, single-tank economy record in a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion.

The car was driven by Gavin Conway from The Sunday Times who drove the distance using just 77.25 litres of diesel. He was accompanied by a film crew and a navigator. Although there were no fuel stops made, Gavin Conway and the team didn’t do the trip in one go, in fact, they done it in an equally surprising three days.

Those without a calculator at hand may not realise this means the car achieved overall average fuel consumption figures of 3.1 litres of fuel per 100km. Volkswagen says Conway’s average speed was around 72km/h. The company also said the car wasn’t simply driven on a freeway the entire time either, twisty back roads were also part of the journey.

The record is sort of like driving from Melbourne to Townsville without stopping. Not bad for a family sedan using a 1.6-litre conventional combustion engine outputting 78kW. If only all cars could manage that.




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