• May 22nd 2008 at 11:55AM
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Here in the U.S., hypermiling has largely been the province of hybrid drivers. That doesn't mean that only hybrid drivers can take advantage of those driving strategies. When last we heard from Helen and John Taylor, the British couple had just completed a run from Britain to Poland in a pair of diesel-powered Jeeps at 55-56mpg. After that jaunt they headed to Australia for another hypermiling adventure. This time around they used a Peugeot 308 HDi 110. The pair drove the C-class sized hatchback 9,000 miles around the coast of Australia over 25 days. On one stretch, they traveled 1,192 mile on a single 60L tank of diesel and they averaged 75.6mpg (U.S.) over the whole journey. That was enough to gain two slots in the Guinness book of World records for longest distance on a single tank and highest mileage for a journey. The 308 was completely stock with nothing added or removed and also carried the couple's luggage for the 25 day trip.

[Source: Peugeot UK]


  • A standard Peugeot 308 HDi 110 hatchback equipped with Michelin Energy saving tyres sets two new world records
    • Travelling 1192 miles on just 60 litres of diesel fuel
    • Completing 9,062 miles at an average of 90.75 mpg
  • The Peugeot 308 HDi 110 is available from £15,095 OTR

No it's not the World's strongest man, tallest woman or heaviest baby! It's the Peugeot 308 HDi 110, which has just secured its place in the 2009 Guinness Book of Records.

Driving around the coast of Australia in a standard Peugeot 308 HDi 110, John and Helen Taylor have set two new world records.

The intrepid husband and wife team drove a completely standard Peugeot 308 HDi 110 hatchback on a 25 day, 9,000 mile journey around the coast of Australia. During the record breaking journey they broke two world records by recording an unprecedented 1192 miles on just 60 litres of diesel fuel and an average fuel consumption of 90.75 mpg.

The Peugeot 308 HDi 110 hatchback now holds the World Record for both the highest average fuel consumption on a journey, a record previously held by a Peugeot 307 hatchback, and the record for the furthest distance travelled on a full tank of fuel.

John Taylor, one half of the economical driving duo explained the unusual journey: "We were very aware of the strong environmental credentials of the 308 before we set out on this journey; but we had no idea, however, that it would be such a record breaker. For us, the Peugeot 308 is the perfect family car; it can comfortably seat five adults and during our 25 day trip, the boot space proved itself too, swallowing up all of our necessary luggage."

Pierre Louis Colin, Managing Director, Peugeot UK said, "The feat performed by John and his wife, Helen, in the 308 is outstanding. It proves the difference that driving economically can make on both the environment and with the rising cost of fuel, your pocket."

The Peugeot 308 is available with a range of fuel efficient engines, including the HDi 90 and 110* bhp diesel models which also have CO2 emissions of only 120 g/km. This reduces the vehicle's excise duty to only £35.00 and with combined fuel consumption of 62.7 mpg also reduces everyday running costs.

The setting of these records also comes hot on the heels of the UK economy-run success, where the 308 HDi 110 achieved an average fuel consumption of
71.92 mpg, a 15% increase on its listed fuel economy figure, during the 2007 Fleet World MPG Marathon. The 308 HDi 90 also claimed an economical accolade at the beginning of 2008, travelling 117 miles around London's Orbital, the M25 on less that £10 of diesel fuel.

World Record Attempt 2008:

The record attempt was completed in a standard, Peugeot 308 HDi 110 by John and Helen Taylor in April 2008. It was verified by an independent scrutineer to ensure all the requirements of the Guinness World Records' regulations were met and all stipulations for setting the record were followed. In particular, nothing at all was removed from the car to save weight in order to save fuel. Indeed, along with Helen and John were their two large suitcases with clothes for the entire 25 day trip.

*When fitted with the six-speed EGC gearbox

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "And what are those terrible CAFE requirements that nobody can match with actual technology ? 35 mpg ?"

      This has been mentioned before, but don't forget the 35mpg requirement is using the 1975 EPA drive cycle. A vehicle rated at 35mpg on that cycle would be rated at about 27mpg on the current test. So the new requirement is, in effect, that fleet averages are 27mpg on the new test.
      • 7 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
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      The car? A 307SW with the larger 2.0l diesel. A 308 with the 1.6l (now the small engine is available with manual six speed as well) should easily get 50mpg.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, let's give some of these European companies incentives to bring these fuel misers to the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
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      And what are those terrible CAFE requirements that nobody can match with actual technology ? 35 mpg ?

      • 7 Years Ago
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        • 5 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw a lot of Peugeot 308's when we visited Paris in April. Here's an idea: give a tax, smog and safety exemption to European vehicles which give better than 40 miles per gallon. The purpose would be twofold: to increase gas mileage of US drivers, and to support our allies (instead of our enemies, i.e. Peoples Republic of China).
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