VW Diesel Passat BlueMotion Hits Almost 75 MPG
Gavin Conway, a writer for the UK’s Sunday times, recently set out for a country drive. Quite the drive, in fact: his drive ended up lasting three days, on a three-day trip that took him from Maidstone, Kent, to the south of France, and almost all of the way back, on one tank of diesel.
The car: the BlueMotion edition of the Volkswagen Passat. The car Conway powered was the standard model, a 1.6-liter common rail TDI four-cylinder engine, which holds a 20.4 gallon tank for diesel.
Now Conway can brag that he’s in the Guinness World Book of Records for his 1,526.63 mile drive, apparently now the longest distance ever driven by a production passenger car on one tank of fuel.
Much of the Passat BlueMotion’s fuel efficiency is due to its design. Rocker panel extensions, a deep front air-dam, and alloy wheels all contribute to decelerate fuel consumption, handily reducing CO2 emissions at the same time. A low ride height, specially programmed battery charging system, low rolling resistance tires, and longer gearing all helped a tad with Conway’s record, too.
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