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Volkswagen breaks fuel economy record

So which vehicle would you predict could shatter the world record for fuel economy? Perhaps an iconic green car, like the Toyota Prius; or a newcomer to the market like the latest Honda Accord Hybrid?

Think again: because the Volkswagen Passat TDI (pictured) has sped away with the record.

Volkswagen Passat TDI White

Produced at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Volkswagen Passat TDI managed to cover 8,122miles with record low fuel consumption. Witnessed by officials from the Guinness World Record Organisation, it chalked up an average fuel economy of 77.99mpg (US gallons, in imperial figures, that works out at 93.5mpg!).

According to driver Wayne Gerdes, the achievement shows the potential of the Passat but also emphasises the importance of how a motorist drives the vehicle.

The vehicle's official highway fuel economy is 43mpg when it is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

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Paul Lucas

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