• Dec 14, 2011
A solid hit during the 2011 Super Bowl commercial line-up, Volkswagen's Darth Vader ad for the new Passat has given the activists over at Greenpeace a clever idea. Since VW is acting all Dark Side about the upcoming, stringent CAFE requirements (at least, this is one way to read the situation; another is the way VW sees it, which is that the U.S. is creating rules that assist the domestic automakers while not being fair to diesel vehicles), why not take the whole thing a step further and make VW like the Empire?

Following up on Greenpeace's VW Dark Side video, a group of UK Greenpeacers dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers were in the street to greet executives from the auto industry before a recent meeting of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (Acea) in Brussels, Belgium. The stunt was turned into a 80-second video clip, which is available after the jump.

You can watch (or re-watch) the VW Dark Side video here. Greenpeace's VW Dark Side website is here.



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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      (guffaw) Next week the same crowd will be at the Sar wars convention. Then looking for work as extras for Dr Who....
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ze Germans pretend they are green bat in reality they keep manufacturing ze good ol' diesel powered cars.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is a bit irresponsible to do such stereotyping but . . . . I think the Germans are bit worried about losing their edge with an EV revolution. The Germans are famous for their long internal combustion engineering history with Benz, Porsche, Audi, VW, BMW, etc. An EV revolution means moving away from that. Battery technology becomes much more important and that is largely Asian & American technology. Nissan has the EV lead. GM has PHEV lead. Toyota has the hybrid lead. But they better get over it and get to work. Because the oil age is starting to decline whether they like it or not. They need to adapt or they'll be left behind.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        And just a story or above is the Volvo plug in...even the swedes...
      • 3 Years Ago
      That settles it...I've decided that my next vehicle is going to be a VW Touareg!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought VW (via their Audi division) has a special in with the Green Police.
      harlanx6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those Greenpeace people need to quit whining and get a life.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        You may disagree with their views and their means (I certainly disagree with many of their views & means.). But know this, they are fighting for what they believe to be in the best interest of humanity and that includes you. They certainly aren't doing it for the money. So if you want to effectively counter them, you need to show they why are wrong/mistaken.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          You can't argue with lunatics...it is a fruitless endeavor. These people are morons and idiots. Only fellow moonbats think that marching around in silly uniforms is anything but showing that you are a MORON. And the last thing this world needs is MORONS like this dictating to normal people how to run every aspect of their lives.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          True. Good Intentions are the paving stones for that very famous road....
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Ideology is an exponentially more powerful motivator than financial gain; ask a suicide bomber. The fact they aren't "doing it for the money" doesn't make their motives any purer. Lots of people throughout history have been fighting for what they believe to be in the best interest of humanity, even when it objectively wasn't. I have no problem with conservation, but there needs to be a balance between cost and benefit when deciding what to protect. Sorry to be a broken record, but which would inflict more pain on humanity: the disappearance of the environmental movement, or the disappearance of the oil industry. You know what the answer is, even if you don't want to admit it.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Not doing it for the money? Greenpeace income over twenty three million bucks a year.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Well said.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          They're "fighting" to control your life more closely than any businessman has any interest in doing. Dig into what the founder of Greenpeace says about the way the group has "grown".
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          they need to mind their own business and stop worrying about mine ... to begin with they a scientifically illiterate and have very little understanding of real world energy sources ...
        Noz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Can't stand the fact that other people are doing the work you don't have the balls to do? Too bad....
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedez Benz leads the way in the highest polluting cars in just about any category. Most of their models can't even must a 4 on the EPA SMOG score... Absolutely pathetic.
        wxman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        Don't know about MB, but in the case of VW, the 2012 Passat TDI has LOWER emissions across-the-board from a well-to-wheels perspective than the 2012 PZEV-certified Passat 2.5 based on Argonne National Laboratory's GREET model... Emission.....................2012 Passat TDI.......................2011 Passat 2.5 (PZEV) HC+NOx.........................0.204.................................................0.345 CO...................................0.11...................................................0.38 PM...................................0.045.................................................0.053 SOx..................................0.078.................................................0.116 GHG.................................356.....................................................442 And that's assuming "zero" PM exhaust emissions for the Passat 2.5 gasser since PM emissions are not reported on the CARB cert for the 2.5.
        wxman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        The U.S.-spec E350 BlueTec hits SULEV in all emission categories except for NMHC (http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/pcldtmdv/2012/daimler_pc_a0030427_3d0_u2_diesel.pdf). That means it would be PZEV if the NMHC could be brought down to 0.010 g/mile instead of 0.015 g/mile. As it is, it's ULEV in California and either 5 or 6 EPA score depending on if it's a CARB state or not. What's "absolutely pathetic" about that?
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wxman
          Why don't you review the fleet rating of MB rather than a specific diesel? How many diesels do they make compared to gasoline equipped vehicles? And how does the more difficult and energy intensive production of ultra low sulfur diesel factor into it? Benz was fined a few years ago for not being able to import cleaner vehicles....what's not pathetic about that?
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        Wow, thanks! I was not aware. Those 'clean diesels' they talk about are not especially clean, then?
        FrancisChalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        What is "pathetic" is that you actually think the Global Warming fraud is real.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      A clever way to get some PR traction. The VW emblems are a nice touch.
      Steven
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do the math people: "X" number of calories are required to haul your posterior from point "A" to point "B". Add to that, Fossil Fuels are THE most calorie-dense fuels, bar-none. Your choices are three: 1) You stop using fuel altogether, thereby earning the right to lecture others how to live their lives. 2) Find a better, cheap, safe, abundant, ready-to-use, calorie-dense fuel and get rich. 3) Shut your pie-hole. Alternative fuels make a sweet bed-time story, but everywhere they are proposed the very greenies who wail and gnash their teeth for their use, are the first in-line to fight the proposals tooth & nail. I live in Boston, Cape Wind was fought to a standstill by the very greenies who cried it in the first place. Insanity is what it is. The only motive that adds up to me, is that environmentalists desire taxpayer monies and the power of societal control. The greens have, and will do anything to achieve those ends: lying, cheating, violence... Yeah, Stormtroopers, great analogy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nobody believes that man-made climate-change nonsense anymore. Greenpeace has its financial security threatened, that's the only reason they protest.
        Paul Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        And you are Nobody, the rest of the world understands and accepts man made climate change and that climate change is happening faster than any time in the last 60 million years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They all look a little short for Stormtroopers.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Getting of oil, Never. Ze diesel will always be ze superior engine. EVs are crap and in germany there will never be a public charging station. there are free charge points unused for 3-5 years because there are electric no cars. and there will never be
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