VW Touareg Garners World Record for Fastest Trip on Pan-American Highway

St. Paul, MINN. – July 25, 2011 – The Panamericana Endurance Challenge has ended in victory! The three-man team traveled nearly 16,000 miles covering 14 countries in under 12 days, beating the previous world record by three days.

“Our adrenaline is pumping after setting the new world record on the Pan-American Highway,” said Rainer Zietlow, manager of the German car event agency, Challenge4 GmbH, after finishing the Challenge. “We were able to overcome every weather challenge along the way, and our fueling and transportation stops ran like clockwork.”

From August 1 through August 30, Zietlow will drive the record-setting 2011 Touareg TDI® Clean Diesel to Volkswagen dealerships across the nation where interested media and the public can watch a movie about his journey, meet the driver and see the vehicle up close. To see the tour schedule, please visit www.3M.com/VWtour.

In celebration of the successful journey, 3M is giving away a free installation of paint protection film. Register at www.3M.com/VWtour. As a sponsor of the Panamericana Challenge, 3M installed its film on the Touareg for the journey. The film withstood flying rocks, bugs, sand and debris to help protect the paint as the team made its way from Argentina to Alaska.

Also on the vehicle were lead-free 3M™ Wheel Weights, which held strong to help deliver increased fuel efficiency, even tire wear and a more comfortable ride, while supporting both 3M’s and VW’s initiatives for reduced environmental impact. Learn more at www.3M.com/wheelweights.