1,531 miles on one tank: this is the record set by the 2010 Vw Passat BlueMotion driven by journalist Gavin Conway writing for The Sunday Times (if you didn't know, Volkswagen released the next-generation Passat at the Paris Motor Show - read all about it here). The car set a new Guinness World Record for the distance travelled by a production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
According to Volkswagen, the Passat BlueMotion travelled a distance of 1,531-miles or 2463 km, which means the equivalent of driving from London to Malaga or from Los Angeles to New York without needing to refuel.
For those folks who don’t know, the Volkswagen Passat BLueMotion is powered by a 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine developing 105 PS.
Furthermore, the car is fitted with aerodynamic modifications to the bodywork, a lower ride height, Stop-Start technology, programmed battery charging, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tyres. The result is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles found on the roads today.
Volkswagen has presented the Passat -- one of the safest saloons in the world. This is owing to the effective passive safety elements that complement the intelligent active safety mechanisms like the ESP and the adaptive cruise control or ACC.
According to the company, the foundation of optimum passive safety will always be the highest possible level of bodywork rigidity. As such, the Passat manages to set new standards for its class. Adding to this are the restraint systems which greatly enhance safety at detectable levels.
As standard equipment in VW models, the Passat has dual-face front airbags. It even has active crash headrests on the front and its sides. There are also head airbags on both the front and the rear. Furthermore, it is possible to equip the rear with side airbags or even belt tighteners.
It is obvious then that the brand’s Passat is a vehicle that can be driven on five continents and is able to meet crash standards around the world. The Passat also has new systems making it safer, more comfortable, and more fun to drive. One of this is the running gear.
There is now a four-arm rear axle that has been isolated from its bodywork through an auxiliary frame. Then there is also the McPherson front axle which has been designed using aluminium components thus reducing the weight by 13.3 kg.
The new systems give comfort, safety, and agility at the highest levels. Rounding off the running gear technology is the ESP + trailer stabilization. It goes without saying that it will also have trailer hitches as standard equipment.
All of the brand’s Passat models will also have the 16-inch brake system that has been incorporated with a "disc wiper". Its lining has been applied at specific intervals. What the system does is that it "wipes off" any of the water film that has been accumulated when the car is driven on wet roads.
Because of this, the braking distance is shortened. The Passat is also the first saloon of its kind to have an electromechanical parking brake that can be operated with the push of a button. The Passat’s electronic control system and its capability to network with other control units ensure the dynamic braking function.
This starting assistant is particularly helpful when going uphill. Meanwhile, its auto-hold function is ideal for those who stop at traffic lights but don’t want to constantly operate the brake pedal.