Across Canada on less than five tanks

Volkswagen sets gas mileage record

July 17, 2012
by Fleet Management staff

AJAX, Ontario: A new Canadian record for fuel efficiency was established in a Volkswagen Passat driving 6,340 kilometres across Canada. The car completed the trip with an average fuel consumption of 5.59 L/100 km, resulting in a range of 1,352 km per tank, for a grand total of just 4.69 tankfuls. This resulted in a total fuel cost of just $452.90.

Dubbed the “Smarter Driver Event”, the team of drivers were not going to do this alone.  John and Helen Taylor, who recently completed a world-record-setting drive of over 2,600 km on one tank in a factory-stock 2012 Passat TDI Clean Diesel, served as the mentors on this drive.  Their plan was to share their fuel-saving driving techniques and showcase how a few simple changes to one’s driving habits can make a big difference.  The Taylors rode in the Passat’s passenger seat next to one of the drivers, with the other team members following closely in two Volkswagen Touareg support vehicles.

The car was a 2012 Volkswagen Passat equipped with a 2.5L five-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.  No modifications were made to the vehicle other than a thorough pre-trip mechanical inspection.

Only Shell Bronze gasoline was used throughout the journey.