After twenty days, John and Helen Taylor have completed their tour of the 48 contiguous states in a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, setting a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in their cross-country trek. The Taylors scored a remarkable 58.82 miles per gallon (MPG), despite facing adverse weather conditions. The world record marks an impressive debut for Volkswagen’s new clean diesel technology here in America.
While it’s well acknowledged that diesel engines need to be sufficiently broken in to achieve their best mileage and performance, the Guinness Book of World’s Records specifies that vehicles must not be specially prepared. With the engine loosened up, the Taylor’s 2009 Jetta TDI averaged over 60 MPG on its final tanks of fuel.
The counter-clockwise voyage covered 9,419 miles, with an average of 853 miles per tank, at a cost of $653.06, working out to just 6.9 cents per mile. The effort was sponsored by Volkswagen, Shell, and Navman. The Taylors can be found on the web at fuelacademy.com.