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Greenpeace Targets… Volkswagen?

Posted in auto industry, Emissions, Environment, Videos, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | June 29th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

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

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6 Responses

  1. djrosa says:

    well greenpeace activists are a bunch of hippiemorons. a lot of the euregulations about fuel efficiency is completly moronic like the one with the average mpg bullshit that gives for instance Pagani/koenigsegg/Porsche the same demands on their average mpg over their car models as for example Volvo, Ford, BMW, Audi and so on. now this is probably the same sort of people that believes whe should stop using nuclear power and instead build a buttload of wind powerplants even though they only work if its blowing, they are noisy not as efficient makes birds and insects go nuts.

    now dont get me wrong show me a viable alternative to the combustion engine and nuclear power and ill change in a heartbeat.

  2. J D Stadler says:

    I literally just watched this video on TV, interesting timing. I believe my exact words were “eff off Greenpeace”

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Finished breaking in the GTI on yesterday’s trip home from Miami. Everytime I’d downshift to fifth on the highway (to vary engine speed), I thought to myself, “This is for you, Greenpeace.”

  3. The actual VW brand (not their premium brands Bentley etc) seems pretty green. I think it would be better for Greenpeace to target the real gas guzzlers like big SUV’s and trucks. 43 mpg on the freeway is excellent; my car only gets 24 mpg on the freeway which is pretty darn crappy.

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