Greenpeace pickets Volkswagen’s flashy Golf launch

Environmental activists from Greenpeace picketed the flashy premiere of Volkswagen’s latest Golf hatchback in Berlin’s New National Gallery late on Tuesday, accusing the German carmaker of doing too little to reduce fuel consumption and tarnishing the most important model launch in the group’s calendar.

Environmental activists from Greenpeace picketed the flashy premiere of Volkswagen’s latest Golf hatchback in Berlin’s New National Gallery late on Tuesday, accusing the German carmaker of doing too little to reduce fuel consumption and tarnishing the most important model launch in the group’s calendar.

The seventh-generation of VW’s flagship, which will retain its predecessor’s base price of 16,975 euros ($21,300), is the only model the company builds on four continents and the lynchpin of its strategy of overtaking Toyota as the largest carmaker in the world.

Greenpeace’s German transportation expert Wolfgang Lohbeck said VW had a unique responsibility since the car sets the standard for the compact class.

“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,” he told Reuters, as he led a group of protesters he numbered at about 50.

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2 responses to “Greenpeace pickets Volkswagen’s flashy Golf launch

  1. I’d suggest the same reply that whaling ships give the Greenpeace types. Fire hoses…..

  2. Greenpeace: Too lazy to work, to bored to sleep, not open to reason and rich enough to be dangerous.

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