John and Helen Taylor from Australia drove from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virginia three days at an average of 84.1 miles per gallon, a cost of a mere 4.65 cents per mile.
The couple drove an unmodified 2012 four cylinder, 2.0 liter Volkswagen Passat Clean Diesel with six speed manual transmission. John Taylor declared that “We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel.” Since 1982 the couple set over 40 fuel efficiency records earning the title of world’s most fuel efficient couple.
Some of their tips to be fuel efficient were to keep the car in sixth gear when possible, to drive 5 miles per hour below the speed limit, to run on ultra low sulphur diesel fuel, to drive smoothly with car’s tire pressure at the proper mark, to drive during daylight and with air condition occasionally.
Certainly the fuel efficient world record is a good recommendation for Volkswagen because reflects the automaker standards of quality.