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Volkswagen’s message to Greenpeace – put-up! or shut-up!

I’ve made no secret of my disgust at Greenpeace’s recent anti-Volkswagen campaign, The Dark Side – it was misleading, divisive and downright ignorant. These raging activists took Volkswagen to task for their failure to sign up to more stringent CO2 targets in Europe, castigating them for lobbying against the proposed 30 per cent threshold that environmentalists were campaigning to become law.

ROAD 16: Three of the Best

Welcome to the July issue of Road Magazine – where we are celebrating three of the best press cars we’ve test driven in recent months.

Firstly, there’s the brand spanking new Lotus Evora V6 IPS – the first two-pedal automatic Lotus since 1986, opening the evocative and beautiful Evora to a truly global audience, particularly in America and Asia. Technology has moved on tremendously in the 25 years since the last Lotus auto, and the clever IPS’ twin clutch, “shift by wire” system is one of the best we’ve ever tested – making the most of the 280PS, 350Nm 3.5-litre V6 engine and amazing Evora chassis.

VW celebrates an icon with the New Golf GTI Edition 35

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original hot hatch, Volkswagen has announced the first details of the latest special edition Golf GTI model – the Golf GTI Edition 35. With an increase in power of 25 bhp over the ‘standard’ car, the Edition 35 develops 232 bhp and is the most powerful production Golf GTI to date.

In a Land Rover you’ll be safe inside…

Sometimes – on very rare occasions – our friends from across the pond produce better car ads than their European counterparts. Volkswagen comes to mind with their recent Super Bowl ads, or those hilarious off-beat VW Academy ads with Saturday Night Live comedian Bill Hader. Land Rover are another brand that have blurred the lines between the normally dull commercial and a genuine piece of entertainment.

ROAD 8: German Special

Welcome to the first in a series of German car specials of ROAD. Whether it’s their Teutonic efficiency, phenomenal reliability or sheer engineering superiority over most marques, German cars stand out from the masses.

ROAD 7: Track Attack!

ROAD is all on track this issue. We’ve got a test of the £175,000 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera at Snetterton. There’s the incredible Ariel Atom V8 launch. And, in the more affordable ‘real world,’ there’s the Mk6 Golf GTi, at Castle Combe circuit.

We also proudly announce our tie-in with the exciting Global Tuner GP event, in California, at Laguna Seca.