Episode 149: Andy Murray Rules - Ex Employee jailed, New 3.0l diesel engine issue for VW, McLaren reveals the Senna, AVs still liable in an accident, Tesla shooting brake, Giugiaro wedges

The news is thin on the ground this week, but #Dieselgate is ever present. The chaps also discuss the new McLaren, manufacturers cannot dodge liability with testing AVs, a sexy Tesla, lopsided Discovery Discovery is fixed, five gorgeous wedges and Bangle's new car design.

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Episode 147: Lips Follow You - Autumn Budget 2017, Industry White Paper, Nismo Heritage, Project Elly

This week Alan and Andrew hope to avoid topics like autonomous vehicles or Tesla reveals, for the good of their health. Amazingly, there is no Follow Up, so straight into the new News.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

After the leaks and hints at what the latest Budget from the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, would hold for motorists we now know. If you want a new diesel, after April 2018, you’ll pay more unless it can meet a test that it will not be able to until 2020. Nice. Also, the Chancellor joked about someone warning that autonomous vehicles are not safe, ignored this and told us how we’re all going to have driverless cars, without drivers, from 2021. In less idiotic news he announced extra investment in EV infrastructure and incentives. To read about what is affecting the motorist click the Motoring Research article here. To read an article explaining how moronic the diesel engine tax is, click the Company Car Today article here. To read the SMMT's response click here. To read Autocar's thoughts click here.

INDUSTRY STRATEGY ANNOUNCED

In an effort to help alleviate the expectation that the motor industry will be particularly hard hit, with Brexit, the Government has announced the Industry Strategy white paper. In it, they outline how, going forward and with everyone pulling together they can be a global leader blah blah etc. etc, the motor industry will still be able to efficiently and economically work in the UK.  One of the key issues is moving manufacturing in the UK up to 50% locally sourced parts, from the current 44%. However, no mention was made of Brexit. To read more click the Autocar article here.

2016 A RECORD YEAR FOR MOTORING OFFENCES

3.06 million vehicle offences were recorded in 2016. Speeding offences increased again. Some saying cameras have caught more, others arguing the number is worse they just haven’t been caught. To read more click the Autocar article here.

DRIVING TEST CHANGES DECEMBER 4 2017

The new Driving Test comes into force Monday 4 December in England, Wales and Scotland. Be ready for the new parts, as well as the rest of it. The test will be longer, have you follow the directions of a sat nav, have a different reversing element and have you answer two safety question whilst driving. To read more click the Government article here.

FORMULA E IS BACK

This weekend the new season Formula E kicks off, from Hong Kong. More manufacturers, more variety of the tech, more interesting races to look forward to. Still no UK race though. To read more click the Formula E link here. To read about Faraday Future's separation from Dragon Racing click the Autosport article here.

NISMO HERITAGE SCHEME

Nissan has announced that they will be making official parts for the R32 Skylines, in a bid to help owners keep them alive as long as possible. Great to see another manufacturer tap into their historical side. To read more click the Top Gear article here.

PROJECT ELLY: UPDATE PART 10

Ian Seabrook has released a final update to Project Elly. There is now an MOT, just, and taken for a drive. Congratulations to Ian on getting her on the road and to everyone who supported Ian in this endeavour. Great to see cars like this get a fresh lease of life. To see the update click the YouTube link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Click the CAR Magazine article here to see the nominees for Car of the Year, which will be announced at Geneva on March 5. Surprisingly the list is, generally, unrubbish.
 

AND FINALLY: ALEX GOY'S RACE OF REMEMBRANCE FILM

Alex has created an excellent film explaining what the Race of Remembrance is really about and why people attend. To watch it, click the Motor1 UK link here.

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Episode 146 : May or May Not - Car Tax Evasion, Silly Politcians, Tesla Reveal

This week the show comes to you without the ambiance of Danes celebrating a World Cup qualifying win as Alan is not in a pub. Fear not though, the chaps discussion will make you forget about background noise as they leap into Follow Up and new News from the last week.

FOLLOW UP: JLR DID NOT INVEST IN FARADAY FUTURE

Jaguar Land Rover parent company, Tata, has denied the reports that they have invested in Faraday Future. Quite categorically. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

As a bit of background reading on the founder of Faraday Future, there is an excellent article, again from Jalopnik, which we encourage you to read by clicking here.

FOLLOW UP: ISLINGTON JOINS THE DIESEL TAX RACE

Islington Council is to charge an extra £2.00 per hour to park a diesel car in any space they control. They are making no distinction between new, cleaner engines, than more polluting vehicles. Another example of the lack of understanding politicians has with this issue. To read more click the Autocar link here.

MOTOR INDUSTRY EDUCATES POLITICIANS

Representatives of the motor industry spoke to Business Select Committee to explain what a hard Brexit would mean. In essence, it would add delays, costs, and complications. However, they are unable to make any plans due to the lack of information from the Government about what will happen. To read more click the BBC News article here.

PAPERS REVEAL DASH TO DIESEL

In 2001 the British public we encouraged to buy diesel cars to try and reduce CO2 emissions. Papers obtained by the BBC reveal what compromises were taken on the policy by Gordon Brown. To see more click the article link here.

CAR TAX EVASION

Since moving to a digital-only car tax system, it has been calculated that the Government has lost £100 million, instead of saving £10 million as estimated prior to implementation. The chaps discuss why this may be the case, whilst understanding there will be a lot of deliberate evasions, there could also be accidental amounts. Added to that, there is the new element of as soon as you pass on a car the tax stops, so maybe there is some of this happening whilst a car moves through the motor trade. To read more click yet another BBC News article here.

TESLA REVEAL

Tesla, too much fanfare, and ceremony, revealed their lorry cab and new roadster models. We here wish they were more focused on fixing issues within the business rather than trying to distract us. To read more questions about the lorry click the Autoblog article here. To hear about the reveal click the link to the latest Autonocast here.

VOLVO SUPPLYING CARS TO UBER

The partnership between Volvo and Uber seems to be getting closer after a framework agreement was signed. This may result in 24,000 autonomous driving compatible base vehicles being sold to Uber between 2019 and 2021. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MORE CLAIMS OF AUTONOMOUS CARS ON UK ROADS

Another week, another claim that autonomous cars will be running on UK roads in 2021. As you can imagine, Andrew scoffs at this. A hat tip to Ken Tindell as he makes it clear why they should not be allowed on the road due to the software not being compatible with existing safety-critical software standards. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - FAVOURITE CLASSICS OF 2017

Great Escape Cars has revealed the Top 5 most popular cars from their fleet of 2017. The mileage shows just how hard their cars do work! To read more click their article here.

AND FINALLY - WHATCAR? RELIABILITY SURVEY RESULTS

The 2017 reliability survey results were announced by WHATCAR?. There are some surprises in the Brand chart, for example how well Alfa Romeo has done - which is good news! To run through the full list and categories click the link here.

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Episode 142 : Humorous Measurements - 3.0l engine fix approval, New Bill for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles, Silly AV reporting

This week Alan and Andrew talk about recent motoring news including VW finally getting approval for their fix of the 3.0l diesels in the US, EU gets busy RAIDING, questionable autonomous vehicle journalism strikes again and the joys of receiving yet another 5-Star rating and review.  

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Episode 140 : Still Raw - Weiss and Audi settle, September New Car Registrations, London wants German money, Project Lorry

FOLLOW UP: WEISS AND AUDI REACH AGREEMENT

Ulrich Weiss, who was a former engineer Audi sacked in the wake of #Dieselgate, have both stated that the working relationship “has been terminated by mutual consent”. No further details have been released due to data protection, apparently. To read the Automotive News Europe article click here.

SEPTEMBER NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

Alan and Andrew have been waiting for September's figures, as they felt this would give a true reflection of the state of the new car market. Oh dear, it does. To read more click the SMMT article here.

LONDON DEMANDS GERMAN CAR MONEY

Sadiq Khan has demanded money for clean air initiatives in London, following them doing so in Germany and the US. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW PROJECT TO FOLLOW - PROJECT LORRY

James Ruppert has embarked on a restoration project for his 1984 Series 3 Land Rover. Well, he has a tame mechanic that is doing this. To follow along with us, click the FreeCarMag link here.

ALEX ROY INVESTIGATES NORWAY’S EV MOVE

Alex Roy has written an in-depth article for The Drive, investigating the extent of Norway’s electric car “miracle”. Where the finances come from to pay for incentives, the reality of the free charging network, the culture of Norway and the reality of owning an EV are all explained. To read this fascinating article click here.

CHRIS BANGLE ON PERCEPTION PODCAST

Friend of the show, Lee Walton, brought this podcast episode to our attention. Click the iTunes link here to listen to Chris Bangle discuss his history and his approach to design. To listen via SoundCloud click here. An incredibly fascinating listen.

AND FINALLY - 1987 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG HAMMER WAGON

Petrolicious has released another wonderful video, this time of about an AMG Hammer Estate. Fantastic E-Class shape with an awful lot of power, sounds like an almost perfect car for Andrew. To see this click the link here.

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