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US couple sets fuel mileage record in a VW Passat TDI

By FaezClutchless on 16 May 2012

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Many here would have already known about the revised special tax for Euro V compliant diesel cars that was announced by the government earlier this year.

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Previously, the annual rate per cubic centimetre is at S$1.25. Though since starting from 01 January 2012, the annual rate has been reduced to S$0.40 per cubic centimetre. This revision is made due to the recognition in Euro V’s improved emissions.

The revised rates would probably attract some consumers’ interest in diesel engine cars. The article below might also attract the same interest as it is about a United States couple who achieved a new world record for the longest distance travelled on a single tank of fuel in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI (US version).

John and Helen Taylor are self-proclaimed fuel mileage experts who have previously set mileage related records and this time they did it in a Passat TDI. The car is a fully stock US model built in Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility in Tennessee.

It is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine that generates around 138bhp and 320Nm of torque and it is mated to a six speed manual transmission. Before the drive, John Taylor had the fuel tank drained by a Volkswagen dealership and the odometer and speedometer were calibrated. The vehicle’s tank was then filled to the brim with 73.13 litres of diesel and the fuel lid door was sealed by a law enforcement officer.

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The challenge began in Houston Texas on the 3rd of May 2012. In order to emulate a real-world driving situation, the couple added 54.43kg of luggage and they only drove during daytime.

Three days later the car ran out of fuel in Sterling, Virginia; precisely 2616.95km away from the starting point. A Virginia law enforcement officer was there to ensure that the fuel lid door was not tampered with.

In a press statement, a Volkswagen spokesperson stated that the company was honored that the tailors chose the Passat TDI as the vehicle to set this outstanding record. The record shows just how economical the Passat TDI can be in the right hands. The previous world record for the longest distance in a single tank was 2456.82km and it was achieved in Europe in another Volkswagen car which is the 1.6-litre Passat BlueMotion.

With revised tax rates for Euro V diesel cars, a lower price for diesel fuel (compared to petrol) and excellent mileage, these reasons would definitely make consumers more interested in diesel engine cars.

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Tanhangkiang May 16 2012 08:12 PM
This is before addition of electic hybrid drive train, I presume. Why are we still going for petrol hybrid drive train? Since diesel TDI alone is way better?
Mits_jc May 17 2012 10:03 AM
35.78km/L! No jams along the way I suppose...
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