A Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion was drove by Gavin Conway of the Sunday Timesfrom Maidstone in Kent to the South of France and back, running out of fuel near to Calais after going a distance of 1,526.63 miles - setting the new world record for the Longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.
Volkswagen's project went along French motorways but also included some town driving, creating an average speed of around 45mph.
The Passat was completely standard, with the stop start technology, low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic bodykit standard to the Bluemotion.
Gavin Conway, of the Sunday Times drove the Passat during the three-day trip and was accompanied by a navigator and video crew.
Two AA patrolmen were also following the attempt in a van to act as independent adjudicators for the Guinness World Records organization.
The three day trip over motorway and urban roads saw the VW Passat Bluemotion with a 1.6-litre 104bhp diesel engine record an overall fuel consumption of 89.9mpg, beating the official Guinness World Record of 64.2mpg, while still maintaining an average speed of over 45mph.
The team worked out that the 77.25 litres of standard diesel were used at an average cost of 6.17p a mile.
In setting the record the Passat BlueMotion travelled a distance equivalent to driving from London to Malaga, without needing to refuel or from New York to Los Angeles with a single stop for diesel.
After 15 million sales in 37 years, Volkswagen unveiled the seventh generation of the Passat at the Paris Motor Show last month.