The record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel has recently been broken by John and Helen Taylor who used a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI to get from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virginia. The Australian couple drove 1626 miles on one tank of fuel. Going past nine states took them three days to complete.
When the Passat is fitted with the six-speed manual, it has an EPA rating of 35 mpg. But what the Taylors got for their single tank was a return of 84.1 mpg, almost two times the Passat TDI’s highway rating of 43 mpg. The Taylors broke the old record of 1526.6 miles, which was held by a previous-generation, Euro-spec Passat that had a 1.6-liter BlueMotion diesel.
To verify the record, police officers from both Texas and Virginia checked the fueling, mileage, and sealing of the fuel door. The U.S.-spec Passat that the Taylors used was completely stocked with a 2.0-liter, four cylinder turbodiesel (140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque) mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This vehicle carried 120 pounds of luggage and was driven through the usual traffic situations.
John and Helen took turns in driving. John Taylor said that the Passat TDI was the “perfect car” for the journey because it provides a lot of interior and cargo space but it is economical too.
Just last summer, the couple got 64.62 mpg from a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. As a result, they established a new world record for best fuel economy in a non-hybrid gas-powered vehicle.
It was just after Volkswagen unveiled the Phaeton in the summer of 2010 that the brand followed it up with the new Passat. Given that it has the same design on its front section as that of the Phaeton, this will be the second model from the brand to have this area emphasized by a grille that comes with four crossmembers. In addition, the grille is as high as its headlights.
This is unlike many of the models that the brand has previously released as their radiator grille was narrower and the style was defined with the two crossmembers. According to Volkswagen Brand Head of Design Klaus Bischoff and Volkswagen Group Head of Design Walter de Silva, this unique aspect of the radiator grille was done on purpose with the aim of highlighting the higher status of the Phaeton and Passat.
In addition, the new Passat will also have an appearance that is in line with the new design language of the brand. The Passat has long been considered as one of the world’s most successful cars with at least 15 million units already sold.
With the first generation released way back 1973, the new Passat is the seventh generation of this particular range. While the previous Passat models have been known for their excellent style, this has been re-interpreted under the newest version. Add in the fact that the front section has similarities with the Phaeton and you get a model that is indeed more impressive than it has ever been.
This model range though is not only about design but also displays technological progress and this is seen as well with the new generation of the Passat. There are three variants where the technological advances have been implemented as these are the entry-level Passat Trendline, mid-level Passat Comfortline, and top model Passat Highline.
Such scales have only been seen in the past and are limited to the upper class and luxury class models. Volkswagen revealed that the new Passat will be released as an estate car together with a saloon version.