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Protesters from the green group interrupted a video presentation by Volkswagen research and development chief Ulrich Hackenberg about the company’s most economical Golf in history, by displaying a large yellow banner with a message written in French that, according to our CarAdvice team at the motor show, made reference to Volkswagen “polluting us all”. This was also accompanied by the release of some balloons.

Reports say a Volkswagen spokesman who took to the stage said, "The Golf is the most economical and efficient car in its class and we're delighted Greenpeace are here to recognise our work with their comments on our products and technology," before the protesters were removed from the Volkswagen stand.

The two groups have a history over the carmaker’s emissions credentials with Greenpeace launching a campaign against the manufacturer in June of 2011 that saw Star Wars-inspired clips released referring to Volkswagen as ‘The Dark Side’.