Greenpeace is continuing its shakedown campaign against a surprising target: Volkswagen. The manufacturer of some of the world’s most fuel efficient cars finds itself in the cross-hairs of Greenpeace, an organization that changed from greening the planet to blackmailing deep-pocketed companies.
Greenpeace proudly disrupted a worldwide dealer launch of the Up! in Ibiza. Here is a car that produces only 79 to 108 grams of CO2 per kilometer (depending on motorization), and consumes only 4.2 liter gasoline per 100 km (56 mpg – non EPA), and Greenpeace deems it necessary to invade the launch event as if there is another BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. One would think that there are other car companies worthy of Greenpeace attention – could it be that makers of gas guzzling SUVs have donated to buy peace from Greenpeace?
Along with the blackmail come lies. “The 13-year-old VW Lupo has lower emissions than the Up!,” says Greenpeace. Utter baloney. According to my files, a Lupo from 2001 consumed between 5.2 and 6.8 liters gasoline per 100km. The diesel version consumed around 4.4 liters. The only version that bested the Up! was the Lupo 3L, which used 2.99 liter diesel. That miracle was performed by using space-age materials. They reduced the weight of the car, but increased the price to obscene levels. “The price is the darkest chapter of the 3 Liter Lupo,” wrote Focus. In 2003, only 886 Lupo 3L were sold in Germany. In early 2005, it was discontinued. A car that nobody buys does nothing for the environment.
Five of the Ibiza activists were detained by Spanish authorities. They got the wrong ones.