Old clunkers better than new VW diesels?

The Lithuanian Ministry of Environment last week commissioned studies to clarify the extent of the damage caused by the VW emission scandal.

A joke, the liberal daily Lietuvos rytas scoffs:

For two decades the country has been known as Europe’s car graveyard. Now our environmental minister has declared war on polluters. … He’s convinced that Volkswagen’s new diesel cars will pollute our environment far more than the 20-year-old wrecks that fill our streets. … One gets the impression that what the big conservationists prefer is what they see on our roads today: old VW Passats put together using parts from three different cars and engulfed in clouds of smoke, which will in turn stripped down to donate parts to a couple more VW Passats that are just as old.