The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf has finally been revealed earlier this week in Berlin’s New National Gallery. While some of you are probably disappointed with the looks of the car, environmental activists from Greenpeace are not happy about the fuel consumption of the new Golf. They even picketed the premiere of the German hatchback, showing their disappointment regarding the efficiency of the vehicle.
Greenpeace’s German transportation expert, Wolfgang Lohbeck, said that Volkswagen had the knowledge to develop a vehicle that in its base variant could have offered a better fuel economy compared to the 4.9 liters / 100 km advertised. He said that Volkswagen must set a 3.0 liters / 100 km for the vehicle as the current figures are “disappointing”. Lohbeck added that even though VW plans on introduction an electric variant of the Golf in 2013, this won’t really matter because it will not “comprise the bulk of the volumes”, adding that the most important is the entry-level gasoline variant.
There were about 50 people at the protest during the launch of the new Golf, while VW Group’s CEO Martin Winterkorn replied to the protesters that the car represents the “right answer for rising fuel prices”, also mentioning the more frugal Golf Blue Motion that promises to return 73 mpg US (88 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km).