Episode 124 : Uncle Alan - FCA want a buyer, Autotrader scraps £1000 sale fee, Subaru Outback Long Term Review Update, Coolest car from your birth year

This week is again mercifully short on Follow Up AND there is no mention of #Dieselgate. Oh, blast!

FOLLOW UP - PSA TAKEOVER OF OPEL FINANCIAL SERVICES APPROVED

The EU authorities have given the go ahead to the PSA Group taking control of the Opel/Vauxhall financial services. The final deal is expected later in the year. To read more click the PSA article here.

FCA LOOKING FOR SUITORS

FCA are on the hunt for someone to buy them. However, it's not quite all of group. Ferrari(who has already been spun off), Alfa and Maserati. Marchionne is looking to China to help out. To read more click the Europe AutoNews article here.

GERMAN TRADE-IN SCHEMES LAUNCHED

In Germany, Opel, FCA and Mercedes-Benz have launched trade-in schemes on older diesels. This is being portrayed as an environmentally beneficial act. To read more click the Autocar article here.

AUTOTRADER SCRAPS SUB-£1000 FEES

Autotrader has announced that they are scrapping fees for cars sold up to £1000. Now we all have even more reason to peruse the online feast! Andrew Brady has looked in, what we presume is, his saved searches and selected 25 cracking cars that won't have extra fees, to read this click the MSN Cars article here.

IMPROVED LOTUS FINANCIAL RESULTS

Lotus has announced greatly improved financial results for 2016/17. Hopefully, this gives Geely some confidence that company can receive investment and this will be well managed. TO read more click the CAR article here.

REAL-TIME EMISSION SOFTWARE TESTED

Leeds will be trialing emission monitoring, in what could be the first step to controlling air quality in real-time. Some ideas being expressed are authorities controlling a car's environmental driving modes. To read more click the Businesscar article here.

HOW TO GET A TESLA MODEL 3 QUICKER

Until Tesla reach the top of the curve on their wonderfully vague production chart, you will have to wait to receive a Model 3. However, there are ways you can make it happen a tad quicker. To see what they are click the WIRED article here.

ARE DRIVER ASSISTS MAKING US WORSE BEHIND THE WHEEL

Since the advent of the original cruise control, the debate has been going on that driver aides are making us worse behind the wheel. There are some who feel this is even worse with recent introductions. To read the MIT Technology Review article click here.

DEATH OF THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

The Economist published an interesting article on the demise of the internal combustion engine and what that will mean. We thoroughly recommend reading this. To do so click the link here.

LONG-TERM TEST UPDATE - SUBARU OUTBACK

Week 3's report concentrates on the driving aspects of the Outback. Andrew gets a little bit giddy about the fact that other Outback drivers acknowledge each other on the road. He likes to feel exclusive!

MAZDA MX-5 RESTORATION SCHEME LAUNCHED

Mazda announced that they will be launching a restoration service for Mk1 MX-5 cars. However, there is a tiny snag, as it will only be in Japan. And it only starts in 2018. Hopefully, there is enough of a clamor for this that Mazda open more around the world. To read more click the Mazda article here, this is in Japanese so use the translate option on your search engine of choice.

LIST OF THE WEEK - COOLEST CAR FROM YOUR YEAR OF BIRTH

Gavin Braithewaite-Smith has returned to List of the Week with a cracker. He's selected the coolest car from the year of your birth. To read through this wonderful list click the Motoring Research article here.

AND FINALLY - OFFICIAL FORMULA E CRASH COMPILATION FOR SEASON 3

Formula E has officially released a compilation of accidents, from Season 3, all set to music. To watch this click the link here.

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Episode 123 : Not Sellers - Tesla need cash, Vehicle Cyber Security, Charging Round Britain, Subaru Outback Update

The chaps have quite a bit to discuss this week, but thankfully only a small amount of Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - SCHMIDT PLEADS GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES

Oliver Schmidt, the former Volkswagen executive, has pleaded guilty in a plea deal to lesser charges following his arrest in January. He now only faces 84 months in prison, as opposed to the 169 years he could've been sentenced to. To read more click the AutoNews article here.

FOLLOW UP - WAYMO V UBER GETS MURKIER

With the release of court papers, there is some suggestion that Uber discussed Levandowski's yet to be started company Otto, before he downloaded the massive amount of information from Waymo. The whole event is even murkier than it first appeared. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

FOLLOW UP - KALANICK WON'T RETURN AS CEO

Current Uber Chairman, Garrett Camp, has stated that Kalanick will not return as Chief Executive Officer. He may return, but what his position will be who knows. To read more click the Wall Street Journal article here.

TESLA NEED CASH

Tesla has announced that it will go about raising $1.5 billion, in order to enable the Model 3 production. To read more click the BBC News article here.

TOYOTA AND MAZDA ENTER A BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Toyota and Mazda have announced that they will be entering into a business and capital alliance. They will be working together on technology, connectivity and model sharing in specific markets. To read more click the Mazda article here.

MAZDA TO SELL EFFICIENT PETROL ENGINE

Mazda has announced how they will be selling a petrol engine, with the efficiencies of a diesel, in 2019. They have worked out how to get the engine to ignite the petrol with compression rather than via spark plugs. They claim an increase in efficiency of 20 to 30 percent, bringing petrol in line with diesel. To read more click the Reuters article here

CYBER SECURITY GUIDANCE FOR VEHICLES

In a stunning move, the UK Government has released guidance on cyber security for vehicles, and it looks quite sensible. The chaps thoroughly encourage you to read the guidance because it is well written, in simple language. To read more click the link here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS FOR JULY

July's New Car Registration figures have been released. Once again it is not great news overall and for specific brands. To read more click the SMMT article here. To read the Richard Aucock's Vauxhall article mentioned click here.

LONDON TO GET NEW RESIDENTIAL CHARGING POINTS

The Mayor of London has announced funding that will allow 1500 new residential charging points across London. For once, the chaps think this is a good move by the Mayor's Office. To read more click the Autocar article.

CHARGING ROUND BRITAIN - MORE DETAILS

Last week Alan and Andrew announced the first ever road trip for the show. They'll be taking a Hyundai IONIQ electric around as much of the mainland of Great Britain as they can in six days. They will be finding out how good the current infrastructure is around the country. More information will be released nearer the start date of 28 August 2017.

LONG-TERM TEST UPDATE - SUBARU OUTBACK

Now into Week 2 of the test of a Subaru Outback, which continues to impress overall. Andrew discusses the external and internal elements of the car. He also informs us that he has been approached by a couple of people interested in the car. There will be another update next week.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD - STEFANI TO HEAD UP SKODA DESIGN

Oliver Stefani will be filling the gap left by Kaban, and head up the design team at Skoda. He is a long time employee of Volkswagen, most recently has been looking after the exterior design of the Group. To read more click the Form Trends article here.

LEHTINEN LEAVES TOYOTA WRC

Jarmo Lehtinen will leave the Toyota WRC team, as Sporting Director, following the German rally later this month. To read more click the WRC article here.

AND FINALLY - DRIVERLESS VAN IN VIRGINIA

An experiment by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was spotted as their 'driverless' van drove around. There actually was a driver, but he was in a "car seat suit" so it looked as though there wasn't anyone in the seat. In the back there were cameras capturing people's reactions to driverless vehicles. To read more click the CNBC News4 article here, BUT be warned it has an auto start video!

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Episode 122 : Two Firsts - PSA owns Opel/Vauxhall, End of Days, Road-Trip Announcement, Subaru Outback Long-Term Test First Report

For a change, the Follow Up is not negative! 

FOLLOW UP - PSA NOW OWNS OPEL/VAUXHALL

The ownership of the car elements of Opel/Vauxhall has now been confirmed, as was rumored, it would occur, at the end of July. The financial element of General Motors is still being worked through. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - LEVC TX LONDON CAB PRICE

The London Electric Vehicle Company has announced the price for the TX, which starts from £55,599. This will equate to £179 per week for five years. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW PETROL AND DIESEL ONLY ENGINED CARS BANNED IN UK FROM 2040

In the aftermath of the news, that new ICE only engined cars will be banned from 2040, which was part of the UK Government's environmental paper. There was, as seems to be the norm these days, hysteria and silliness for something that will happen in 23 years. One would think, it was going to come into force tomorrow and the Government was going to take our cars away from us.

To read the Autocar article click here.

To read Autocar's reporting on Aston Martin's CEO sensible comments click here.

To read an article free from hysteria regarding electrical supply demands click here.

ANNOUNCEMENT - ROAD TRIP

In a first for the Motoring Podcast, the chaps announce a road-trip. They will be using a regular priced electrical car to see how far they can drive around Great Britain in six days. The road-trip will take place from 28 August until 2 September 2017. More information will be released as we get closer to the date!

POSSIBLE DIESEL VEHICLE TAX RISE

As part of the information in the DEFRA paper that outlined the 2040 news, there was another section that implies a change in the tax for diesel cars. Let's be honest, the change won't be down. To see the paragraph mentioned see @alexgrantuk's tweet here.

FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDED

Formula E's season came to a thrilling end in Montreal last weekend, with Di Grasisnatching victory from Buemi over the weekend. To read the first race results click the Autosport article here. To watch Buemi get a tad cross watch the video click here. To read the second race results click the Autosport article here. To read Alan's LinkedIn post mentioned click here.

LONG TERM CAR REVIEW - SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D SE PREMIUM LINEATRONIC

The second first for the show is the loan of a long term car for review. We thank Subaru for allowing us to evaluate a Subaru Outback. This is the first weekly report whilst Andrew gets to grips with the car. To see the official demonstration of a lineartronic continuously variable transmission click here for the video.

UNOFFICIAL TEST - OPEL MOKKA X 1.4T NAVI

Following Alan playing 'hire-car roulette,' he ended up with an Opel Mokka. In orange. And he didn't think it was dreadful.

LIST OF THE WEEK - CARS WITH THE SHORTEST PRODUCTION RUN

This week's list is from Autocar, where Richard Bremner has listed the cars sold in the UK with the shortest productions runs. You'll see some that you understand exactly why they had a short run. There are others we have more of a fond feeling for too. To read the list click here.

AND FINALLY, GORDON MURRAY RETROSPECTIVE

A retrospective of Gordon Murray's work will be held soon, thanks to the Gordon Murray Design company. Alas, you probably won't be going, as it is an 'invite-only' event. We are not jealous of those who do attend and we hope they have a great time (said through gritted teeth). To read more click the CAR article here.

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Episode 121 : Being a Chancer - #Dieselgate, Crowdfunding an OX, Driving down IQs, Festival of the Unexceptional

This week there is a lot of Follow Up, mostly of the not good variety but there is one positive item!

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE - AUDI "VOLUNTARY' RECALL

Following, hot on the heels of Mercedes, has announced a "voluntary" recall 850,000 of their V6 and V8 diesel engines, worldwide. The tweak will improve the real-world emissions. This is all the result of a meeting with German regulators. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - DEGESISTER OF UNFIXED GERMAN #DIESELGATE ENGINES THREAT

The German motor vehicle regulator, the KBA, has threatened to deregister cars that have not undergone the fix that addresses the amount of NOx emitted. In Germany, this was declared mandatory as it was a safety recall, unlike in the UK. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - VW REBUTT TFL'S CLAIM OF EXTRA £2.5M CONGESTION CHARGE

THe Mayor of London, via Transport for London, has sent Volkswagen a bill for an extra £2.5 million, he claims is owed due to their cars being falsely banded. VW refute this, as even after the 'fix' their cars do not change band and therefore are still at the same rate on the congestion charge as before. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP - GERMAN CAR CARTEL IS ALLEGED

Reports started coming out of Germany, last Friday, that the VW Group, BMW and Mercedes had created a cartel. This cartel is accused of a wide range of issues including price fixing, supplier prices, AdBlue tank sizes and eventually allowing emission cheating to occur. To read more click the Autocar article here.

Andrew has had enough now. He is jolly cross about what #Dieselgate is doing to the industry and the people who work in it. The general public now has very little confidence in the industry and the people who work in it. That is unacceptable.

FOLLOW UP - CROWDFUNDING TOUR OF UK BY THE OX TRUCK

The OX flat-pack truck is touring the UK, to help raise funds so that further development can take place. The chaps are massive fans of this vehicle and what it is trying to achieve. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - CONSULTATION ON MAYOR OF LONDON'S TRANSPORT STRATEGY

The Mayor of London has opened an online consultation to his transport strategy. Here is your chance to have your voice heard. To read about it all and take party click the Transport for London link here.

MOTORING JOURNALISTS IQ LEVELS EXPLAINED

A study has been released that appears to indicate that driving for more than two hours a day can affect your IQ level. Friends of the show please take note! To read more click the Independent article here.

SEVERN TOLL TO BE SCRAPPED

At the end of 2018, the tolls for getting across the Severn River, into Wales, is going to be scrapped. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MERCEDES TO LEAVE DTM FOR FORMULA E

Mercedes has announced that it will leave DTM and move to Formula E for Season 6. To read more, click the Autosport article here.

CITYMAPPER OPENS A BUS ROUTE

Following a brief experiment of running a bus and analysing data that users of their app have provided, Citymapper has received the license to run a bus route in London. The route has been decided upon to meet users needs, much more closely than historic bus routes which have been in place for some time. To read more click the WIRED article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - BELLES VOITURES

Telegraph Cars have released a list of the 10 best looking French cars of the 20th century. There are some contentious inclusions and omissions. But it is always fun to look at a list of French classics! To see the list click the article here

AND FINALLY...FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL

Over the weekend the Festival of the Unexceptional was held at Stowe House. Alan was there too! There was a glorious collection of the workhorse cars of yesterday. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

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Episode 120 : Special Edition - Hyundai i30 Twin Review

Hyundai i30 Twin Review

In another first for the show, the chaps were very lucky to get two versions of the same specification - except the colour and power plant. This allowed the chaps to compare and contrast!

 

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Episode 119 : Very Competent - Future predicted, Sensible car taxing system proposed, Slow news day in Malaysia

This week Alan and Andrew are able to get straight on with the news, without any Follow Up! Amazing.

MUSK PREDICTS THE FUTURE

Elon Musk has declared that almost all cars will be sold will be autonomous in 10 years. This allows Alan and Andrew to make it clear that any statement of a vehicle's autonomous level is self-declared by the manufacturer. Remember that when you read anything that mentions an AV Level. To read more click the Autocar article here

NEW TESLA DIRECTORS

Tesla has announced they have appointed two new directors to the board. One is James Murdock, the other being Linda Johnson Rice. Both of these have media backgrounds. How Tesla's message is put out, from now on, will be interesting. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

LUCID MOTORS SEEKS BUYER

Lucid Motos is seeking a buyer, in order to progress as a company as they wish to. Currently, they are in discussions with Ford, who has suggested they are not that interested. To read more click the Bloomberg article here.

FARADAY FUTURE STOPS DIGGING

Faraday Future's Nevada plant has been halted due to a lack of cash. In the complete opposite approach to Lucid, Faraday didn't secure extra funding before starting their factory. As their CEO, Jia Yueting, has money problems. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

SENSIBLE CAR TAX PROPOSED

The Wolfson Economics Prize has been awarded to the proposal of charging owners for the amount of mileage they drive, instead of the current vehicle excise duty and fuel duty. The only slight issue the chaps have with this is how the mileage is confirmed. Another way, rather than via insurers needs to be found. To read more click the BBC News article here.

MERCEDES TO RECALL 3 MILLION DIESELS

Mercedes announced a 'voluntary recall' of 3 million diesel cars, following meetings with German Transport Ministry officials. They make it very clear they have not used an illegal emissions device, this move is only to "strengthen confidence" in customers. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORMULA E HITS NEW YORK

New York hosted a doubleheader of races this past weekend. To read about the Saturday race click the Autosport article here. To read about the Sunday race click the Autosport article here. Congratulations to DS Virgin Racing and Sam Bird for two wins!

WILL THE FUTURE BE AS PREDICTED?

@SafeSelfDrive posted an interesting article from the Guardian, which discusses the future of transportation we have been told. This balanced piece broaches the question will mass AVs actually provide the benefits we have been promised. Do go read it, by clicking the Guardian article here.

EMERGENCY AREAS FOR SMART MOTORWAYS

 

To try and solve the issue of where a driver is to safely go in the event of an emergency, whilst driving on a Smart Motorway, as there are no hard shoulders, there is a trial on the M3. What looks like a lay-by, has been painted orange just outside Camberley. Alan may get a bit of anger off his chest with this one! To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 10 BEST JAGUARS OF ALL TIME

EVO, with wonderful photography once again, has listed their suggestions on the Top 10 Jaguars of all time. Click the article here to run through it.

AND FINALLY - SLOW NEWS DAY IN MALAYSIA

Friend of the show, Ian Seabrook, has hit the news in Malaysia after posting a piece about his purchase of 1987 Proton Saga Aeroback for £50. The Sun Daily, Malaysian news site, picked this up and now he is one of the top news items of the day. To see more click the link here.

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Episode 118 : Special Edition - Goodwood Round-up Roundtable

For this episode Alan and Andrew are joined by Chris Pickering and Mr The Jonny "The Trousers of Truth" Edge, to discuss the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017.

Chris on Twitter - @Chris_Pickering

Chris's webiste - Chris Pickering Website

Jonny on Twitter - @thejonnyedge

Smooth Traffic Podcast website - Smooth Traffic Website

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Episode 117 : A Typo - EU approves PSA/Opel, 3-Star Mustangs, New car registrations, Mission Motorsport Fundraising

Alan returns, following last week's show, where Adam Tudor-Lane did an excellent job in his place!

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE

Audi engineer, Giovanni Pamio, has been arrested by Munich prosecutors over fraud and false advertising. Reports have been made that he is being extradited to the US to face charges. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP - PSA / OPEL SALE APPROVED BY EU

European Union antitrust authorities have approved the PSA take-over of Open/Vauxhall. This leads many to believe the deal will be done by the end of the month. To read more, click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - CAR STRADDLING BUS CON JOB

The Chinese car-straddling bus has been shown to be a con, with 32 people being arrested. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

FOLLOW UP - MUSTANG NOW HAS 3 NCAP STARS

The previous NCAP test of the Ford Mustang, in Europe, resulted in only 2 Stars. Ford has now added extra safety equipment, including fixing the issue with the airbag they had. Now the Mustang gets 3 Stars from NCAP. Still not great. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR JUNE 2017

Another month, another decline in new cars registered. There is a shock on the cards too, with a new car being the most registered! To read more click the SMMT article here.

LEVC REVEALS NEW TAXI

What was the London Taxi Company is now the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC). The LEVC TX has a claimed range of 400 miles, with 70 miles by electric power only. Alan will soon, no longer be choking as he leaves Euston, REJOICE! To read more, click the Autocar article here.

PANDA CAR INTERFACE

Comma.ai has released an interface that plugs into a car’s OBDII port and will collect the data that is available. This is only a $88 item too. To read more click the Tech Crunch article here.

WUNDER DIESEL

Greg Kable tweeted about a collaboration between Audi and Nordic Blue Crude, which shows the possibility of synthetic diesel, which can reduce carbon emissions by 85%. To see that click here. For more in depth information click the Green Car Report article here.

BMW JOINING FORMULA E

For the 2018/19 season, BMW will be an official manufacturer. More good news for the popularity of this race series! To read more click here for the FIA Formula E article.

MISSION MOTORSPORT PIXEL PAGE

Mission Motorsport is giving you the opportunity to help support them, by buying space on the side of their race truck in single squares at £10 per square. If you want to do this or know someone who might click the link here to go through to their page.

WORLD’S CHEAPEST NEW CAR TACKLES INDIAN ROADS

Alex Roy and Ed Niedermeyer took up the challenge of driving across part of India, in the cheapest new car, in the World. They recount their eye-opening journey in this article on The Daily Beast. For more in depth information click here to go to listen to the Autonocast episode

AND FINALLY - CITROËN'S SECRET CAR COLLECTION

The lucky so and so, Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, was given access to Citroën's car collection. If only they had picked someone who liked older Citroëns! Click here to see the Motoring Research article.


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Episode 116 : Being Alan - Call for accuracy, Dennis sells up, Diesels charged to park, WRC Poland

This week Andrew is delighted to be joined by Adam Tudor-Lane, whilst Alan attempts to find the internet, any internet!

FOLLOW UP - ACCURACY

Andrew begins the show apologising for not picking last week's article about how long it takes an electric battery to overtake an internal combustion engined vehicle, in terms of CO2 emitted. There were inconsistencies within the article and we did not point those out well enough.

Plenty of articles pointed out the questionable areas. However, these didn't help, other than to point out problems in writing about such matters. The rebuttal articles also were inconsistent. One example is an article from Green Car Reports, which you can click here.

RON DENNIS SELLS MCLAREN SHARES

Ron Dennis has cut his links with McLaren by selling all of his shares, netting an estimated £275 million. So endeth 37 years of involvement in the company.To read more click the Autocar article here.

DIESEL CARS CHARGED TO PARK

Westminster Council is going to charge £2.45 extra if the car is a pre-2015 diesel. Once again, we repeat, that this type of tactic will only impact on poorer people. Again we ask where the clever thinking, where are the other initiatives to encourage people not to use their vehicles? To read more click on the Motor1UK article here.

TESLA 3 GETS MANUFACTURING PERMITS

Tesla, via Elon Musk, has announced that they will begin manufacturing their Model 3 this month, growing the capacity to an estimated 20,000 by December. This is another stretch target and will be interesting to see how close they get. To read more click the Autocar article here.

WRC POLAND

Leading up to the race the weather was wonderful. The actual event was different as torrential rain turned the stages into mudbaths. In pretty horrific conditions the drivers did an amazing job of driving, even though there were many cars which didn't make the end of the race or were badly damaged. To read more click the Autosport article here.

RALLY GB CHANGES

Thanks to changes in the rules, made by WRC, Rally GB will be opening up the event to more types of cars. That means we may get to see classic Escorts on the same stages as the current crop of cars. To read more, with fingers crossed it happens, click the Autosport article here.

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

There will be a Special Edition soon, covering the FoS so Adam and Andrew do not delve too deeply into the fantastic event. However, they do chat about the wonderful vehicles you can find in the car parks. To see some examples click the Autocar article here

To catch it on TV check out the times and channels in this Goodwood article by clicking here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 25 IMPORTANT AMERICAN CARS

As this show was recorded on American Independence Day the List of the Week celebrates some of the most iconic US metal. To see the Motoring Research article click here.

AND FINALLY - 1981 TWO-DOOR RANGE ROVER

Click here to watch a fantastically shot film from Petrolicous about a wonderful Range Rover and the owner. To watch the film click here.

THANK YOU ADAM....

Thank you, Adam, for joining Andrew, and saving him from feeling all lonely! If you enjoyed listening to Adam there are a couple of ways to keep up to date with what he's up to, either via Car Witter or his personal Twitter accounts.

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Episode 115 : Ducking Stupid - #Dieselgate, Levandowski's Contract, Great British Women 2017

After last week’s lack of #Dieselgate, it is back! Woohoo!

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE

Volkswagen has stopped two court proceedings, in Germany, early by agreeing to compensate owners in Arnsberg and Bayreuth. To read more click the Autocar article here.

VW is claiming these are exceptions and they maintain their stance that they’ve broken no laws in the EU so they don’t need to pay compensation in the EU. Volkswagen has also agreed to extend warranties for two years to EU owners though. To read more click the Motor1 article here.

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, former development head of VW, has been told if he will be arrested if he visits the US. There is an international arrest warrant out for him. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

The German Government is making moves to restore customer confidence in the motor industry by looking at developing a plan to cut national pollution. Ideas include a new test organisation, stricter diesel emission standards and creating a ‘diesel forum’. To read more click the Reuters article here.

The effect of #Dieselgate is now being felt by all of the industry as sales have weakened and new investigation shows many considering avoiding diesel for the next purchase. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - LEVANDOWSKI’S CONTRACT WITH UBER

In the latest information, from the Way v Uber case, we have learned that Levandowski’s contract included coverage of legal costs for previous “bad acts”. To read more click the Washington Post article here.

The news that Kalanick has left his position as CEO of Uber, was released last week. Interestingly it was some of the angle investors who forced this move, due to their power. To read more click the Car and Driver article here.

STRESSFUL CAR HORNS

Research in South Korea has indicated that the traditional car horn is too stressful and that we may need to change the sound. Amazingly a duck’s quack is seen as the right balance between attention-grabbing and low-stress. To read a pun-tastic article click the motoring Research article here.

ELECTRIC BATTERY PRODUCTION

Investigation into the cost of producing batteries for electric cars has been compared to internal combustion engined (ICE) vehicles. Tesla and Nissan Leaf batteries were used in the comparison. But the Tesla 100kWh battery was equivalent to eight years of driving an ICE before the levels of CO2 matched those emitted in producing the battery. To read more click the Principia Scientific International article here.

LYFT INVENTS A BUS

Left has announced their new shuttle service, which, when you wade through the marketing language is basically a bus. After mocking the style of passing on the information the chaps do discuss how it is actually something that will be needed, even after the AV utopia is with us. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

WRC POLAND THIS WEEK

Quick reminder that the Polish round of the World Rally Championship is being held this week.

CIRCUIT OF WALES FUNDING REJECTED

The Welsh Government has rejected the call for funding of the Circuit of Wales venue, following their due diligence. To read more click the Autosport article here.

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Alan will be Goodwood this Thursday, so do say ‘Hi” if you see a sad, lonely, lost-looking man. Just to clarify, Andrew isn’t jealous either. Not at all.

To help Alan on his first visit, Andrew has found Carwitter’s Survival Guide, which you can read by clicking here.

LAST WEEK’S LIST OF THE WEEK

Alan tries to convince Andrew that the Proton, in last week’s List of the Week is in fact excellent. Andrew is not convinced.

LIST OF THE WEEK - GREAT BRITISH WOMEN 2017

For the second year running, Autocar and SMMT have joined forces to help celebrate the women who are part of the motoring industry in this country. To read the list click the Autocar article here.

For the video and more information about Amy Rimmer, the overall winner click the Autocar article here.

AND FINALLY - ALFA ROMEO MUSEUM

Tim Pitt from Motoring Research visited the Alfa Romeo museum near Milan, click here for the article that includes some wonderful cars.

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