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Two letters and two number on clean white Golf

There’s some irony in giving this post showing a 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD  a title that includes the word ‘clean’.

2014 means it is bound to be one of Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ emissions cheat cars, which had software in the engine control that detected when emissions testing was being carried out, and switched to a cheat mode that reduced its emissions for the period of the test, then cancelled itself and restored the engine to normal operation for road use.

After being fined millions, and having to sort things out for drivers, a number of reports from drivers who had their cars ‘fixed’ reported they became almost undrivable, with stalling and hesitation on the road, Volkswagen was not popular with some.

But the real problem was not so much Volkswagen, but the revelation that diesel is, and ALWAYS WAS, dirty, unhealthy, and polluting, and most of its advantages (in terms of small diesels in cars) turned out to be lies and fantasy.

I can’t say that I shed a tear over this, having had many arguments about diesel – usually on the basis of how much better it really was than petrol – yet whenever I did any independent reading/research comparing the two, I found that petrol was the better of the two, or that any diesel advantages were contrived, or aided by legislation or taxation.

I least I don’t have to argue now, and just whisper the word ‘Dieselgate’ if anyone still tries to sell me diesel.

Anyway, while this one doesn’t come from a house near enough to be classified as “Neeb’s Wheels”, it is one I see quite often as it generally lives in the yard of a nearby business.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the front!

Volkswagen Golf GTD [13 RB]

Volkswagen Golf GTD [13 RB]


July 13, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | ,

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