In December 2010, 20 people crammed themselves into an old-style 1964 Volkswagen Beetle, achieving a new Guinness World Record. The event was carried out by the Asbury University Emancipation Project at the Lexington Rescue Mission in Lexington, Kentucky. The successful attempt was organized to raise awareness for human trafficking.
Volkswagen has, in fact, been highlighted by the folks at Guinness several times and for a variety of reasons. Here are a few that we here at Bill Jacobs found while poking around the Guinness World Record website:
1. Longest single-model vehicle parade
A total of 2,728 VW Beetles took part in a parade organized by the Volkswagen Aficionado Club of Brazil on a racetrack near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 1, 1995.
2. Longest fuel range
The greatest distance driven on a single standard tank of fuel is 1,581.88 miles by a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, in an event organized by ‘Auto Motor i Sport’ (Croatia). It was driven by Marko Tomac and Ivan Cvetkovic (both Croatia) within Croatia, between June 27 and 30 in 2011.
Only Croatian roads were taken during the attempt. The average consumption amounted to 76.37 mpg.
3. Largest car mosaic
The largest car mosaic was created with 460 Volkswagen cars in an event organized by Volkswagen do Brasil Indústria de Veículos Automotores Ltda at the Anhembi Parque in São Paulo, Brazil, on 10 April 2010.
The mosaic was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Volkswagen Gol and this is why most of the cars used for the mosaic were Gols. The mosaic displayed the logo of the Volkswagen Gol.
4. First car to sell 20 million units
The Volkswagen Beetle was the first automobile in history to reach sales of 20 million. On May 15, 1981 the 20 millionth Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line of Volkswagen de México.
5. Farthest distance driving an internal-combustion engine in one hour
The greatest distance driven in one hour by a car with an internal combustion engine is 353.409 km (219.598 miles), by Helmut Henzler (Germany) and Keke Rosberg (Finland) in a prototype Volkswagen diesel-powered car on 18 October 1980 at the Nardo circuit in Italy.