It is a widely known fact that tyres affect an automobile’s fuel economy. A light-weight, low-rolling resistance tyre for example will save you considerable amount of fuel per outing whereas a heavy and fat tyre than what is normally required will bog a vehicle’s performance down and will increase its fuel consumption.
Time and again, tyre makers and car manufacturers perform developmental tests to see how they can better a tyre’s performance without having a negative effect on a vehicle’s fuel economy. In its quest to find out just that, Honda recently set a new world record, verified by Guinness World Records, for ‘lowest fuel consumption in European cycle’ by recording an average of 42.65km/l over 13,498 kilometers during a 25-day drive across all 24 EU countries. Now, Volkswagen of America has set another new Guinness World Records achievement for the ‘lowest fuel consumption – 48 US contiguous States for a non-hybrid car’.
The record was set by a Golf TDI which achieved a record fuel consumption of 34.48km/l during the trip and beat the previous record by more than 1.28km/l. The record-setting Volkswagen Golf was fitted with Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tyres.
The Volkswagen Golf that set the world record started its journey from Volkswagen of America’s headquarters in Herndon, Virginia on June 22, 2015 and returned after visiting all 48 contiguous states in the US on July 7, 2015. It covered 13,250km, sipping just 384 litres of fuel.
Commenting on the achievement, Paul Raymondo, Goodyear brand manager, said, “Working with an industry leader like Volkswagen to set this record was a great opportunity for us to showcase the superior performance of our low rolling-resistance Assurance Fuel Max tyres. Many consumers want their tyres to offer confident handling in changing weather conditions, but also want to save money at the pump. This record drive has proven that our Fuel Max tyres excel at both.”