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   Lowest fuel consumption across the US-world record set by John and Helen Taylor  
 HERNDON, Va--John and Helen Taylor, "the world's most fuel efficient couple", drove their diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI, fueled by Shell Ultra Low Sulfur diesel fuel during their 20 day trip across the 48 contiguous United States, veraging 58.82 miles to the gallon and setting the world record for the lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous United States.

   Photo: Volkswagen's All-New Clean Diesel Jetta TDI Sets New World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption at 58.82 MPG / photo Volkswagen of America, Inc. (enlarge photo)

 "We are very excited and grateful to have broken the current World Record for lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous United States," said Helen Taylor.
   "We would like to thank Volkswagen for providing us their new clean diesel Jetta that helped us get another World Record for the  Lowest fuel consumption across US and to Shell for supplying the diesel fuel."

They set their world record by simply applying easy to use fuel saving tips and the latest efficient engine technology available for good clean diesel fun.

The Taylorís car ran exclusively on fuel containing Shell's new Fuel Economy Formula which contains a Synthetic Viscous Friction Improver, formulated to help reduce friction right at the heart of the engine, helping minimise energy waste.

 The previous World Record for the  Lowest fuel consumption across US was 51.58 miles per gallon and the Taylors broke it by setting a new record of 58.82 miles per gallon, a whopping 14 percent improvement.

   In 20 days, driving across 48 states the Taylors drove 9,419 miles, exceeding 60 mpg on several legs of the record-setting run, spending only 6.9 cents per mile (total was $653).

 "It was a great adventure to drive through the 48 U.S. mainland states," Helen Taylor says.
   Photo:"We want to educate the American public that by choosing the right car, using the right fuel and adopting fuel-saving techniques, everyone in the U.S. can save money, fuel and reduce carbon emissions."  
Photo by Volkswagen
  (enlarge photo)

   "The terrain was very diverse, the weather less than ideal, and the traffic heavy at rush hour and the VW Jetta TDI handled it all beautifully, showing its fuel efficiency and its fun-to-drive dynamic capability, just two of this vehicle's many attributes," said John Taylor. "The car efficiently helped us to drive to a fuel economy world record."

Approximately 12 official check-in and refueling stops across the country were included throughout the duration of the drive. The couple drove on a counter-clockwise route passing through: Washington D.C.; New York City, Rutland, Vermont; Toledo, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Spearfish, S.D.; Missoula, Mont.; Winnemucca, Nev.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Durango, Colo.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mount Vernon, Ill.; Ponchatoula, La.; and, Beckley, W.V. Some of the fuel saving tips the Taylors advocate include: avoiding idling and higher speeds, minimizing vehicle drag and performing regular vehicle maintenance.

  The Taylors have made a 26-year career out of driving economically and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. They have collected 82 world fuel economy and vehicle-related records from drives around the globe in Australia, Asia, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

  Via their Web site, the Taylors will be sharing their personal experiences on the road.
   For more information and regular reports from the road, visit and


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  Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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