Volkswagen Forgets Romania Is In Europe During Its Power Day Event

The map VW showed doesn’t lie: Romania’s outline can clearly be seen as not being part of Europe.

Look, I know Romania is on the eastern fringes of the Old Continent, quite a long way from Volkswagen’s headquarters in the western European town of Wolfsburg, in the continent’s industrial powerhouse, Germany. And I know that from Germany, Romania may look like an insignificant plot of land in a problem-plagued part of the continent, but let me assure you it is still a European nation.

Why am I saying this? Well, during Volkswagen’s recent Power Day presentation (they must have thought long and hard about what to name it and were clearly not inspired by Tesla at any point during the naming process) they put up a map of Europe on screen. Said map showed the entirety of Europe highlighted in a lighter color than surrounding lands, except for one peculiar fish-shaped territory in the easternmost part of the map (check it out in the video at the 5 minutes 32 seconds mark to see the goof).

That peculiar fish-shaped territory is Romania and it seems VW does not acknowledge that it is part of Europe, even though Romanians are huge fans of the brand. Is this how Volkswagen repays their undying loyalty (exhibited by buying droves of used Golfs and Passats)? By not including Romania on the map?

Joking aside, we don’t really suspect there was any foul play at work here – we don’t think VW hates Romania so much it chose not to include it on a map of Europe, but we really wonder what the heck happened here. As a Romanian myself, this is not the first time I’ve heard of German discrimination for my people, but I don’t want to believe somebody did this on purpose. This has to be someone’s slip-up, not done on purpose, right?

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