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VW Golf TDI Grabs Record for US Fuel Economy

by Shane McGlaun
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Yesterday, I mentioned that Honda had set a record in Europe for fuel economy while driving through a bunch of countries. VW didn’t want to be outdone, and has now announced that it has landed a Guinness World Record for fuel economy in the US.

For this record, VW used a stock 2015 Golf TDI and drove the car through all 48 lower states. The trip spanned 8,233.5 miles and the TDI consumed only 101.43 gallons of Shell Clean Diesel fuel, at a total cost under $300. That gave the Golf TDI a fuel economy of 81.17 mpg during the trip. Not too shabby.

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That beats the previous record of 77.99 mpg by over 3 mpg. VW’s Golf TDI also beat the hybrid vehicle record of 74.34 mpg on the trip. The car was fitted with tracking devices to allow the folks at Guinness to ensure that VW had actually beaten the record. The stated EPA fuel economy of the 2015 Golf TDI is 45 mpg.

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