Strapped into a new Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the world's most successful econo-driving team have established yet another Guinness Book fuel efficiency record. In a 20-day voyage that saw them travel through all 48 contiguous United States, New Zealanders Jon and Helen Taylor averaged a stellar 58.82 mpg, eclipsing the previous existing mark by a heady 6.93 mpg and holding their total fuel cost to just $653, or 6.9 cents per mile. The Taylor's 9,419-mile odyssey was only the latest in a 26-year career that has seen them rack up 82 such marks around the globe. Between these competitive efforts, the pair hold dedicated workshops aimed at helping average motorists save fuel by adopting simple but effective common-sense driving habits, many of which can be found online at their website: http://www.fuelacademy.com.
Two other long-distance Jetta TDI runners also made news in a slightly different kind of mileage marathon. Econo-rookies Nik Bristow and Brian Pierce fell a bit short in their attempt at a Guinness mark for a non-stop cross-country run from Mid-town Manhattan to Santa Monica, California in a new Jetta fueled with BioWillie clean diesel fuel. While a Bristow and Pierce managed to complete Willie Run 2008 in an impressive 38 hours and 37 minutes, Los Angeles traffic and some errant fuel calculations prevented them from eclipsing the current 35 hour and 54 minute absolute mark. For details on the 2008 effort and what lies ahead for 2009, visit http://willierun.com.