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VW Passat Adds Guinness World Record to Resume

The Volkswagen Passat TDI is not a hybrid, but that hasn’t stopped it from going toe-to-toe with the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States.

The sixth-generation VW Passat recently added another accolade to its already impressive resume – this time in the form of a Guinness World Record. The Passat TDI Clean Diesel set a new benchmark for the lowest fuel consumption by a non-hybrid car while traveling to all 48 continental states.

Wayne Gerdes, founder of CleanMPG.com, who did most of the driving during the 18-day cross-country trip, had this to say about the accomplishment:

“We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with the Passat TDI, but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel vehicles.”

The Volkswagen Passat, which is available in several trims at our New Hampshire VW dealership, displayed unprecedented fuel efficiency for hybrid and non-hybrid cars alike. The 2013 Passat TDI required only 104.9 gallons to cover 8,122 miles, surpassing the previous non-hybrid vehicle record by more than 10 mpg and the hybrid record by more than 13 mpg.

Many people want a car that combines style with fuel efficiency and, if this latest achievement is any indication, no vehicle does that better than the Volkswagen Passat TDI.

IndyCar Driver Rides Specially Designed Honda Odyssey to Second-Place Finish at Pikes Peak Race

The Honda Odyssey, a superlative six-passenger minivan, is capable of performing a variety of functions. For instance, it’s an excellent choice during family vacations, for transporting your kids to and from school or practice and it’s even been used for New York City’s taxi service. Surprisingly, it can now add auto racing as an additional capability.

This past weekend, Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud posted a second-place finish in the Exhibition Class of the 91st edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – and he did so while driving a specially designed Honda Odyssey. Pagenaud, who described his achievement as a win for all the ‘soccer moms,’ completed the climb up the 14,110-foot mountain in under 13 minutes, according to Motorsport.com.

Here’s what the former Champ Car Atlantic champion had to say:

“Honda prepared a great car. Really ‘unique,’ I have to say. I have to thank my [Indy car] team and everyone at Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports for allowing me to do this, and thank Honda for the huge effort they made for this year’s event. With more than 500 horsepower, the conditions [rain, cold and fog] were tricky and kept me busy … very busy!”

This wasn’t just any Honda Odyssey that Pagenaud drove during the 12.4-mile trek to the summit of Pikes Peak, a mountain in El Paso County, Colo. The minivan, which was modified by a racing team from an Alabama Honda factory, came equipped with a turbocharged V6 engine capable of generating more than 500 horsepower.

While we don’t recommend mountain racing at home, we do recommend buying a Honda Odyssey of your own. Check out some of the latest models by calling or visiting our Massachusetts Honda dealership today.

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