It's Impossible To Get 100 MPG In A Diesel-Powered Wagon, Right?

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Honda gave it a shot with a Civic Tourer, which is not a hybrid or an electric vehicle.

Well, this goes against everything that has happened in the automotive industry over the past few years. Honda just completed a journey through 24 European countries and 8,387 miles, which took over 25 days and set a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption. Over the trip, two Honda R&D engineers managed to average an astonishing 100.31 mpg in a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC. The colleagues averaged 380 miles a day, which works out to an average speed of approximately 51 mph.

The Civic Tourer features a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four that sucks down diesel, which produces 118 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The diesel-powered wagon only comes with a six-speed manual transmission and was projected to achieve 73.4 mpg, 25-percent lower than what the vehicle actually achieved. With Honda completing the arduous journey in a capable diesel one question comes to our mind: are hybrids and electric vehicles really better than what we currently drive?

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