Volkswagen launched its seventh generation Golf to high acclaim yesterday, but there are people who think it is not good enough. Greenpeace picketed its premiere in Berlin last night, “accusing the German carmaker of doing too little to reduce fuel consumption and tarnishing the most important model launch in the group’s calendar,” as Reuters writes .
The new Golf is 100 kg lighter and up to 23 per cent more fuel efficient that the predecessor, but that’s not good enough for Greenpeace. Says its transportation expert Wolfgang Lohbeck:
“The Golf is the car that distinguishes the segment it’s in for the next 10 years worldwide and all carmakers benchmark themselves against it.”
A base version of the Golf needs only 4.9 liter gasoline for 100 kilometers, according to a definitely non-EPA conversion, that would be 48 mpg. “It’s lame, it’s disappointing,” Lohbeck complains. Greenpeace wants 3 liter / 100km, or 78 mpg.
Have we got the car for you, says Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn. The upcoming Golf Blue Motion consumes only 3.2 liters of diesel for 100 km.
For years, Greenpeace has been targeting Volkswagen in what many see as an attempt at greenmail. They won’t let a high profile event such as the Golf 7 launch go by unpicketed.