Video: Volkswagen and Shell team up to achieve Cross Canada mileage record
Volkswagen and Shell Team Up With Record-Setting Couple
AJAX, ON, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Halifax to Vancouver. A total of 6,340
kilometers across Canada. Eight drivers. One car. With summer now
upon us, many Canadians will soon set out on their own "road trip" and Volkswagen Canada and Shell recently teamed up to make the drive more enjoyable, more
economical, and easier on the environment.
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, would serve 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
would ride in the Passat's passenger seat next to one of the drivers,
with the other team members following closely in two Volkswagen Touareg
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.
With room for five and a healthy 170 horsepower on tap, the Passat was
well-equipped for the journey. Automatic climate control, satellite
radio and generous room for five ensured maximum passenger comfort.
The only question: Could eight average Canadians make the journey on
just six tanks of fuel?
Setting out from Halifax, the team encountered all driving conditions
that a normal Canadian family would on their own summer vacation: sun,
wind, rain, and traffic jams were all part of the adventure.
Only Shell Bronze gasoline was used throughout the journey, as this
remains the company's top-selling blend.
After arriving in Vancouver on Friday, June 22nd, all of the facts and figures were certified and the Passat, along with
the Taylors and their team of drivers came out on top. A new Canadian
record for fuel efficiency was established as the Passat completed the
trip with an average fuel consumption of just 5.59 L/100 km. This
resulted in a range of 1,352 km per tank, meaning a grand total of just
4.69 tankfuls. These totals far exceeded pre-event estimates and
resulted in a total fuel cost of just $452.90.
Volkswagen has a worldwide initiative called Think Blue. This program was developed with energy savings in mind. The Taylor's
methods of fuel conservation fall right in step with the Think Blue
philosophy. Think Blue, however, is about more than saving fuel.
Small lifestyle changes outside of the vehicle can have significant
impact on energy consumption, and it is these changes that Volkswagen
is eager to encourage. The company has committed billions of dollars
towards energy conservation, and hopes to "spread the word" wherever
For more information on the "Smarter Driver Event", follow the links to:
YouTube.com/VolkswagenCanada and on VW.ca.
About Volkswagen Canada:
Founded in 1952 and celebrating its 60th year in the country, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax,
Ontario. It is the largest volume European automotive nameplate in
Canada, and sells the Golf, Golf Wagon, Golf GTI, Beetle, Jetta, Eos,
Passat, CC, Tiguan, Routan, and Touareg through 135 independent
Canadian Dealers. It is the leader in affordable TDI Clean Diesel
vehicle sales in Canada, and forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada
Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg,
Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and
is Europe's largest automaker.
Visit Volkswagen Canada online at Volkswagen.ca.
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SOURCE Volkswagen Canada Inc.
For further information:
Spokesperson: Thomas Tetzlaff