To make one thing clear. I am horrified by the actions of VW. I am also amazed. My experience of German engineers after 30 or so years working in German industry has been that they are pernickety in the extreme and thus not always easy to work with, but I have never had any reason to doubt their honesty, at least at work, apart from filling out travel expense forms.
VW diesel car owners are faced with the prospect of ca. 5% higher fuel costs.
If you have a diesel engined car what do do when the costs rise? A few answers:
- Get on your bike. Up to 5 miles distance a bike is as quick as car especially when you don't have to find a parking spot.
- If the cycling possibilities in your neighbourhood are restricted or even life threatening join an organisation like the CTC in Britain or the League of American Bicyclists in the USA to press for improvements. The day that the CTC or the League has as many members as the motoring organisations is the day when politicians will really sit up and listen.
- Walk. Think about buying a pensioner Ferrari, i.e. a shopping trolley. Use your local shops.
- We do most of our shopping on foot or by bike. We buy less but we still have enough to eat. We throw less stuff away though.
- If there is any, take public transport. It helps if it is electrically powered like a tram or Bombardier's clever induction charged battery buses.
- Plan your trips so that you don't need to drive as far.