Earlier this month, the 2015 Gold TDI Clean Diesel set a new Guinness World Record for the “lowest fuel consumption–48 U.S. contiguous states for a non-hybrid car.”

To set this achievement, the car traveled 8,233.5 miles around America (hitting all 48 states in the continental U.S.) in 16 days on $294.98 of Shell Diesel fuel, getting an impressive fuel economy of 81.17 mpg.

The Golf beat the previous record of 77.99 mpg in a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI, which was achieved by the same driver, Wayne Gerdes, an automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com. He has set mileage records in more than 100 different vehicles and is known as an expert hypermiler. His co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer who has been very involved in energy and conservation projects.

The Golf TDI used for this attempt was fueled with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and equipped with Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires which feature a fuel-saving tread to help increase fuel efficiency and also offer sufficient traction for all seasons. Other tools used were a Linear Logic ScanGauge II for precisely measuring fuel economy, LG G4 smartphones and a Garmin nuvi GPS to meet the Guinness World Records tracking requirements.

The Golf TDI Clean Diesel belongs to the family of vehicles that won the title of 2015 North American Car of the Year. The Golf TDI is equipped with Volkswagen’s advanced turbocharged and direct-injection Clean Diesel engine. This ensures the EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon in vehicles with the six-speed manual transmission. This achievement adds the Golf TDI to the list of five other models in Volkswagen’s lineup that achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy of at least 40 mpg on the highway.

(Video with driver about fuel-efficiency tips: http://media.vw.com/release/1017/ )

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