Guinness World Record

The Panasonic Oxyride Speed Challenge

I was replacing the batteries in a flashlight last night when I was suddenly reminded of an article I edited not long ago about powering a car with AA batteries. It's an interesting idea, isn't it? I mean, we use AA batteries to power plenty of other things in our lives -- why not a car? Yeah, I know it sounds a little crazy, but consider this: The AA-powered car in the article -- the Panasonic Oxyride Racer -- reached an average speed of 65.5 miles per hour, and a top speed of 75.8 miles per hour!

Is Volkswagen's recent mileage claim fahrvergn├╝gen from the truth?

So here's the scoop...Volkswagen is currently running an ad on television that touts some pretty impressive mile-per-gallon stats. The commercial features a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel and if you're not paying careful attention you just may get the impression that it gets 58 miles per gallon. That's pretty remarkable, right? But is Volkswagen being deceptive?