When you think of automakers who give the single-digit salute to environmentalists everywhere, who comes to mind? Clearly Hummer is the obvious choice, but they’re out of business. Who’s next on your list – Ferrari? Lamborghini? Bentley or Rolls-Royce? If you’re Greenpeace, the automaker in your crosshairs is Volkswagen, who Greenpeace accuses of overstating their environmental record and resisting attempts to make cars like the Golf more fuel efficient (um, Golf TDI, anyone?).
Volkswagen, portrayed as the evil Empire in the VW ad spoof below, has also opposed tougher EU emission standards, which require emission cuts of some 30% by 2020. Worse, VW isn’t forcing people to buy their most fuel efficient models, allowing the uncaring consumer the freedom of choice to pick their own VW models, thus destroying the planet in the process. In fact, Greenpeace reports that only 6 percent of VW’s global sales were of its most fuel efficient models, so Greenpeace is giving VW a dose of their own medicine in the commercial below.
We’ll give Greenpeace some leeway here, since the Volkswagen Group does include automakers such as Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti, but let’s remember how successful (and environmentally friendly) VW’s TDI clean diesel models are. It was VW who built the 260 mpg XL 1 concept, rumored to be built in limited numbers beginning in 2012, and their soon to be launched Passat TDi will deliver 43 mpg on the highway. That’s good enough to be green in my book.
Source: Auto Spies