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The new Pas­sat drove a dis­tance of 2 029 km from Beit­bridge to Moor­rees­burg, 69 km out­side Cape Town, on a sin­gle tank.

THE new Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat 1.4 TSI DSG has set a new South African record for a petrol pas­sen­ger-car, for driv­ing over 2 000 km on a sin­gle tank.

The new Pas­sat drove a dis­tance of 2 029 kilo­me­tres from the South African and Zimbabwean bor­der gate at Beit­bridge to Moor­rees­burg, which is about 90 km north of Cape Town, in two and half days.

The av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion was 4,1 litres per 100 km and the to­tal amount of fuel used was 83,19 litres.

The av­er­age speed was 69 km/h, which shows that Rod­ney Kinsey from Mar­gate, who mas­ter­minded the econ­omy drive, was not nurs­ing the Pas­sat along.

“We are very ex­cited with the per­for­mance of the new Pas­sat TSI to set the new South African record of driv­ing over 2 000 km on a sin­gle tank.

“We al­ways be­lieved that the new Pas­sat TSI en­gine had the ca­pa­bil­ity to bet­ter our pre­vi­ous record of 1 941 km that we set with the Golf TDI Blue­mo­tion in 2011,” Kinsey said. “We filled the tank to the brim with 83,19 litres of fuel, which was 17,19 litres more than the stan­dard ca­pac­ity of 66 litres. The ex­tra litres of fuel were im­por­tant in help­ing us to achieve our record drive.”

Six driv­ers were used, who each drove for two-hour stints dur­ing the jour­ney.

One of the of­fi­cial ob­servers in­cluded Rod­ney’s brother, Pine­town’s well­known and veteran mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist Mal­colm Kinsey.


The Pas­sat 1,4 on av­er­age reached over 23 km per litre on a long, hard drive across SA, to set a new petrol pas­sen­ger-car con­sump­tion record.

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