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Volkswagen Touareg sets new course record

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The Volkswagen Touareg 3.0-litre V6 TDI has set a new course record in the prestigious Carretera Panamericana race.

With a driving time of just 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes, the Volkswagen car driven by Rainer Zietlow travelled the entire length of North and South America.

Zietlow and his team covered a total of 22,750 kilometres between Tierra del Fuego and Alaska, driving through 17 different countries.

The Volkswagen Touareg proved its resilience weathering extreme heat, heavy rain showers, snow and sandstorms, eventually breaking the previous world record by four days.

It will have also been more cost effective and environmentally friendly than many of the other models competing, consuming 30 per cent less fuel and emitting up to a quarter less CO2 than other petrol engine vehicles in its class.

Volkswagen cars have been very successful lately, with the Passat being named the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801238376-ADNFCR

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