Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion sets new Guinness record

Motor car insurance for the Volkswagen’s new Passat, sporting so-called BlueMotion technology, may soon begin to become more popular, thanks to its earning a new Guinness World Record.

Volkswagen reported that the new Passat BlueMotion managed to set a new record in regards to the longest trip without stopping to fill up at a petrol station, clocking in at just shy of 1,537 miles, something no other industry standard production automobile has ever accomplished.  The trip originated in Kent, traveled to southern France and then returned to Calais before finally needing to be refueled, delivering mileage that car insurance companies are predicting will make it incredibly popular.

With an average speed of just a bit over 45 miles per hour throughout the entire trip, the BlueMotion test, which was conducted by the Sunday Times, had the car driving both through towns and also autoroutes in France.  The test was conducted not all at once but over the span of three consecutive days .

Gavin Conway, driver for the test, reported that the new record showed just how well modern cars are capable of performing, something that could lead to discount car insurance quotes for the auto in the very near future.

The car itself boasts a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder TDI diesel engine, which is rated at 104 horsepower.  The final figures for the trip in regards to fuel consumption for the Passat BlueMotion were tallied at 74.8 miles traveled per gallon of diesel fuel consumed, which makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road, easily able to compete in the hybrid-electric market with such autos as the Toyota Prius.

The production model of the Passat BlueMotion, while only rated at slightly over 53 miles per gallon according to the combined European driving cycle, offers such features as programmed battery charging, lower ride height, aero-body add-ons, low roll-resistance tyres, an engine stop/start system, and longer gearing.

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