• Apr 22, 2005

We read this story a few times to try and figure what actual Guinness record this Fifth Generation Golf 1.9 Turbo Diesel actually broke. It sounds like this guy broke the record for going the furthest on a tank of gas in a diesel car. The driver went from Germany through Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, West Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The Golf was forced to drive over 75 mph over much of the fifteen-hour trip and at the end of the journey returned over 53.4 mpg. The driver, Gerhard Plattner, has a fetish for economy-distance driving. He also has also broke records in a VW Lupo in 2003.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      tim, As of 3 weeks ago, VW was extending its financing deals and factory-to-dealer incentives to TDI models.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Maxx...this car was run at over 75mph for a good part of 15hours. that is why the mpg isn't closer to 60mpg. i'm sure it would be in the high 60's with "normal" U.S. highway driving. this is awesome, we need diesels here in the U.S. that perform like this, way to go VW! i love the 177lbs/torque at 1800rpm on the U.S. model. why is it that VW excludes the incentives on the new TDI from their 1.9% finance offering on all other Jetta cars and wagons? no one is ready to buck with the oil business, are they? we're sure the Texan bias is what's behind GM/Chrysler's lag of efficient cars, and the repeated relaxing of CAFE regulations by our elected pols. Enactment of CAFE led to about a doubling of fuel efficiency between 1975 and 1989. Over the past decade, average fuel efficiency has remained relatively constant. gosh, it took bush/congress 5.5 years to stop paying tax dollars to the business owners of SUV's over 5,000lbs who were taking advantage of a farm subsidy bill. the ice caps are melting, folks...thanks to VW for helping to slow that down.
      • 9 Years Ago
      4.4L/100km(53mpg) is not very impressive. That is what the BMW 320d is rated also. That is not even in the top 10 cars for EU. Try 3.0L/100km(78mpg). http://www.lupo80days.com And 1,160km is not any type of record either. The BMW 320d has an advertised range of over 1,300km on a single tank. Hell, Top Gear did 1,280km on a single tank with the huge Audi A8 TDI.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tech222, don't forget to factor in the actual litre size of those tanks. I'm pretty confident the BMW has a bigger tank and it should be a given the A8 has a larger capacity tank as well. My CDN Golf TDI has a 55 litre tank and I get over 1,000km per highway trip driving real speeds (120-130 kph) with no 'tricks' like drafting or overinflating/oversized tires.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The VW world record must have been for going through 10 countires on a tank. Easy enough to do in Europe as no effort was made to economise. In a promotional economy run in Australia a Peugeot 406 diesel covered the 2,348 km from Melbourne to Rockhampton on a tank under strict Guinness conditions (and still had a litre left over). In another longer run, right around Australia a Peugeot 307 Touring HDi regularly made 1,600 km on a tank.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hi All: ___These numbers are a bit low imho ... http://www.greenhybrid.com/discuss/the-attempt.1488.html ___Good Luck ___Wayne
      • 9 Years Ago
      I was reading the hybrid forums and people in Honda Insights were getting 100+ mpg in their cars. It's crazy to read how they do it -- blocking up the radiator intakes, high pressure, driving behind trucks, etc.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would need to verify this, but I recall people on the www.tdiclub.com board getting close to 60mpg on the highway if they ran a high tire pressure with a larger diameter than stock tire. Now, I don't know if anyone has gone out to set a record in the US, but this guys accomplishment isn't exactly a feat.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just a polite reminder that a Peugeot 406 actually set the Guinness World Record for the 'greatest distance driven on a single tank of fuel - 2348km's (1,459.16 miles) in 2002. Also, in setting two other World Records, whilst driving around Australia, a Peugeot 307 covered 14,500kms on only $540 (Australian) dollars) worth of fuel. The overall fuel economy was 3.49 litres per 100km (81.16 mpg) and the average distance covered on a tank was 1700km!! So, I would very much like to know exactly what record the Golf has indeed broken.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A tankful of "gas" in a diesel car? Readers know you mean "fuel", I know, so why not you use the term?
      • 9 Years Ago
      whoops...have to correct myself. the tax break for SUV's is still in effect as of a re-write 10/2004. now, you can't take 100% in one year. you have to stretch it over 4 years at 25%...haha! might as well send that check to the Saudi's, and kiss your ice caps goodbye. Porsche Cayenne is on the list...i wonder how many small farm owners are driving these? also, i was wrong, the weight limit is 6,000lbs and up. that includes 41 domestic and 15 foreign SUVs. ya gotta love the oil industry and our politicians, what are they thinking?
      • 9 Years Ago
      awesome, thanks! msn auto didn't have the update, but i did find it on edmunds, dating from 4/1/05 until first week of may. it's weird, because edmunds says the base model TDI limits the incentive to only the cash rebate of $500, not the low 1.9% financing. but the GLS TDI has the full rebate/incentive offerings like the rest of the Jetta line.
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