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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Episode 135 : Special Edition - Subaru Outback Long Term Review

Regular listeners will know that we had a series of weekly updates on our first ever long-term loan, the Subaru Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic. We decided to make a compilation episode, for those who want to hear about the Outback, without having to wade through the news of the weeks we recorded.

Thank you, to Subaru UK, for the allowing us to have a car on long-term loan and helping the show achieve another first in our history!

We hope you enjoy the show and would love to hear your feedback. Do you want to hear more of this type of review? Did we tell you everything you wanted to know? Are there particular cars you want to hear about? Do get in touch with us, using one of the many ways highlighted below!

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Episode 134 : Imaginary Car - MOT Exemption, Nissan Renault Mitsubishi Alliance 6-year Plan, New UK Driving Test Question, Kitsch Adverts

FOLLOW UP - MOT EXEMPTION

In a move that baffles most, the Government has ignored the majority of those who responded to their survey on exempting cars over 40 years from being legally required to undertake an annual MOT. To read the Great Escape Car Hire article click here. Also, you can click the excellent FreeCarMag article here too.

However, an article on LinkedIn, from Stuart Brown of 3D Engineers Ltd, brought to our attention that the DVLA is investigating “substantially changed” classics. The keeper will have to go through the MOT process. To read more about this click here.

FOLLOW UP - INEOS GRENADIER

The Defender that can’t be called a Defender as Land Rover will be using that is back in the news. Apparently it is still going to happen, however, they do want the public’s help. To read the Autocar article click here.

REBEL ALLIANCE 6-YEAR PLAN

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Renault Nissan Alliance, a new plan has been drafted by Carlos Ghosn. Amazingly it does not say “take over ALL car companies on the planet”. There is much talk of synergy, revenue, shared platforms and sales. To read the official statement click here.

NISSAN’S 150 MILLIONTH VEHICLE

Nissan celebrated the production of their 150 millionth vehicle. Congratulations to Nissan on that amazing achievement. To read about it click here.

NEW UK DRIVING TEST QUESTIONS

When the new test comes into force, on 4 December 2017, there will be new ‘show me, tell me’ type questions new drivers will have to answer. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

WHY THE CAR INDUSTRY IS WORRIED

A lengthy, but worthwhile read, about why the car industry is currently worried about the situation with Brexit. To read more click the Sky News link here.

AND FINALLY - KITSCH ADVERTS

Autocar has released an article with some of the kitschiest ads the motoring industry has released. To revel in the glory click the article here.

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Episode 133 : Living in a Box - Tesla crash verdict, 'Dutch Reach' request, Aston financials and HubNut Fleet update

FOLLOW UP - FLORIDA TESLA CRASH

The report on the cause of the fatal Florida Tesla crash is now out. The blame is shared between the driver and Tesla for the occurrence. To read the full report click the link here. To read an interesting Bloomberg article, discussing wider aspects that this accident has brought up, written by Ed Niedermeyer click here.  

FOLLOW UP - REPORTING NEWS SEEMS TOO HARD FOR MANY

Jaguar Land Rover announced electrified cars across its range from 2020. However, this fact seemed too hard for most to report correctly. Do you think this is lazy or bad journalism? To read an Autocrat article on this stupidity click here.

TESLA UPDATES CARS FOR HURRICANE IRMA

Tesla updated Model S60 cars, in the path of Hurricane Irma, to help the owners evacuate the area. This update removed the imposed limitations to the battery pack, allowing for a longer range. This has caused some to now consider what we are being offered as buyers and what ‘Over the Air’ (OTA) updates will actually mean to us. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

Alan, in a rare moment of consumer journalism for this show, asked Tesla about this action. He got a response, and not in the form of thunder and lightning! In a scoop and we think one of the few sites that have asked for the facts from Tesla.

TESLA STOCK PRICE CALLED OUT AGAIN FOR BEING OVER-PRICED

Another analyst has called out Tesla stock for being over-priced. For a change, Elon Musk didn’t take to Twitter to denounce this. To read more click the Autonews article here.

DUTCH REACH DOOR OPENING

Cycling UK, a charity, has encouraged people to open their cars doors in the ‘dutch Reach’ style. This is where you reach across to the door handle with the hand furthest away, so you must turn slightly and thus have a better chance of seeing a bicycle before you open on them. To read the Guardian article click here.

ALAN USES THE COUNTRY'S SMALLEST CAR SHOWROOM

Alan is using Peugeot's Russel Square showroom to record this episode. This is a converted red phone box! Taking advantage of the wifi and electricity Alan is able to beam to the world! Our thanks go to Peugeot for allowing us to use their site to bring this show to you! To read more about this click the Car Dealer article here

GOOD FINANCIAL NEWS FROM ASTON MARTIN

Aston Martin announced very encouraging financial results for the first half of the year. To read more click the Autocar here.

MARGARET CALVERT - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

Margaret Calvert, who helped design road signs amongst many other projects, has received the Lifetime Achievement Medal at the London Design Festival. To read more click the article here.

HUBNUT FLEET UPDATE

For too long we have not mentioned Ian Seabrook’s fleet. Well, to help us out he has released an update. To see more click here.

AND FINALLY - HOW TO PRONOUNCE GERMAN CAR NAMES

Alan is helping us all out, by bringing to our attention this wonderful video, which will mean we no longer need to speak incorrectly again. To see it click here.

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Episode 132 : Nicely Phrased - Charging Round Britain Roundup, August New Car Registrations, Goodwood Revival Primer

After last week's road trip, the chaps are back to the usual show. We start off with the ever present #Dieselgate Follow Up!

FOLLOW UP - VW ENGINEER SENTENCED

The first Volkswagen engineer has been sentenced. James Lang pleaded guilty, helped the prosecution and has been handed a 40-month sentence. To read the Autocar article click here.

FOLLOW UP - AUDI BOARD RESHUFFLE

Four of the seven senior members of the board have been replaced. This has been put down to the scandal. We’ve already heard about other parts of the VW Group blame Audi for the problems they are in. To read the Autocar article click here.

FOLLOW UP - PLATOONING LORRIES IN THE UK

The Government has now stated that ‘self-driving’ trucks will be tested on UK roads in 2018. Alan does explain a few facts about all of this, that seems to have been missed by more mainstream reporting. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS AUGUST 2017

SMMT has released the New Car Registration figures for August 2017. A typically quiet month, due to the new plate in September and holiday period. However, is this more than expected? To read the SMMT information click here.

WORLDWIDE HARMONISED LIGHT VEHICLE TEST PROCEDURE

As of September 1, the new snappily titled fuel efficiency and emission test, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) came into force. This is meant to address the deficiencies of the previous testing regime. Hopefully, drivers will see closer results to what they achieve from the longer and more intricate test. To read CAR’s explanation click here.

BRAKE CALLS FOR RURAL ROAD PRACTICE

The safety organisation, Brake, has called for rural road driving to be part of driving lessons. Following five weeks of driving in the countryside Andrew, surprisingly, finds himself agreeing with Brake on this matter. To read the BBC News article click here.

CHARGING ROUND BRITAIN - ROUND UP

Following the six days driving around Britain, the chaps have had a chance to collect their thoughts on what they’ve learned from the experience.Also we hear about Alan's nightmare journey home on Sunday.

Thanks to Hyundai as well as Chargemaster and POLAR for supporting our trip and investigation into what it is like to drive an electric car around Britain.

SCRAPPAGE SCHEMES 2017

Recently it appears as though everyone has leapt on the latest sales craze, having a scrapple scheme. Alan and Andrew have already expressed their disbelief in the environmental claims. To read the current list of who has such a scheme click the Autocar article here.

AND FINALLY - GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2017

The wonderful Goodwood Revival is being held over the weekend of 8 to the 10 September. To know what to look out for click the Motoring Research article here.

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