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Greenpeace unsatisfied with MK7 Golf's fuel efficiency

By SYF77 on 10 Sep 2012

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When a car is the market leader in its segment, it becomes an easy target for critics. In this case, it is the all new MK7 VW Golf. Unsatisfied with the fuel consumption of the new model, environmental activists from Greenpeace about 50 people picketed the premiere of the German hatchback in Berlin.

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Greenpeace's German transportation expert, Wolfgang Lohbeck, commented that Volkswagen has the technical knowledge to build a car whose base model could deliver a better fuel consumption than the advertised 4.9L/100km – a figure which he described as disappointing. He added that VW ought to set a target of 3.0L/100km instead.

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Although VW has in mind an EV variant of the Golf next year, this is immaterial to Lohbeck as it won’t form the bulk of the sales. Hence, he emphasized the importance of the entry-level petrol version which will logically be the best-selling variant.

However, Volkswagen wasn't too disturbed by the protest. Group CEO, Dr Martin Winterkorn, commented that the diesel variant of the new Golf will get even better mileage and the Golf overall is a good answer to rising fuel prices.

This is not the first time Greenpeace has protested against a car model. Many years ago, the organisation held a demonstration at the main entrance of the Frankfurt Motor Show against the W140 Mercedes S-Class due to its sheer size.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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