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VW Passat TDI Goes 1626-Miles Without Refueling

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Once again, Volkswagen proved that its clean diesel engines can easily keep motorists away from the pump for a very long time. John and Helen Taylor were determined to break the record for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. Using a a stock 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI, they did exactly that.

The “world’s most fuel-efficient couple” successfully set a new record of 1626.1 miles The feat was made possible by the Chattanooga-built Passat’s 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When mated to a manual transmission, this unit offers an EPA estimated 43 miles per gallon on the highway.

The new Passat TDI is no ordinary diesel vehicle, and the Taylors aren’t ordinary drivers. The couple have made a career out of driving efficiently and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. However, the latest Passat undoubtedly made their long-distance driving feat just a little easier. After all, the Passat—built at the world’s only LEED Platinum certified automotive factory—was named Motor Trend’s 2012 Car of the Year for good reason.

“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel,” said John Taylor. “The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”

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