Episode 103 : Slap Marketing - #Dieselgate fixes, Tesla Recalls, New Speeding Fines, Shanghai Motor Show Roundup and Awful Motorsport Special Editions

This week Andrew is on his own, Alan was unable to find an internet. Luckily, you won't have to listen to him for long as there was minimal news this week. But, as seemingly there always is, #Dieselgate Follow Up was here to "help".

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE FIXES

The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (VDCF) has claimed that the fix for the EA189 diesel engine causes breakdowns, less mpg and less power. VW deny this. The chaps will keep an eye on how the story develops as much testing and use of lawyers will probably be the only way this is sorted. To read more click here.

TESLA RECALLS

About 53,000 Model S and X's have been "voluntarily recalled" by Tesla, due to a fault where the parking brake may stick in the engaged position. To read more click here.

NEW SPEEDING FINES

New, income based speeding fines have come into effect. Depending on the zone and how much one is over the limit will dictate to severity of the fine. Andrew feels there should be a higher fine in urban areas, due to risk to pedestrians. To read more click here.

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SHANGHAI MOTOR SHOW ROUND-UP

To see some of the cars on show, in Shanghai, click the links below.

EVO's coverage - click here

Autocar's coverage - click here

Car magazine's coverage - click here

LIST OF THE WEEK - TOP NINE WORST MOTORSPORT SPECIAL EDITIONS

This week's list is thanks to Top Gear, where they have compiled the worst motorsport special edition tie-ins. There are some crackers in there too. To "enjoy" click here.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CAR BADGES?

Carfection has released a short video challenging you to name 60 badges in 60 seconds. Click here to see if you can!

Also, if you want to watch Alex Goy be very happy in a Porsche, but be disappointingly dry, click here.

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Episode 102 - Special Edition : Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi '3' Review

Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi '3'

Andrew was loaned a Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi '3' for a week. Listen to Andrew explain what he and the Cracked Windscreen horde thought of the first Kia the podcast has tried out.

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Episode 101 : Meant to be Fun - Proton Sale, F-Pace win #WCOTY, New York Motorshow, Alan drives a car, #ProjectSwarm

This week there is only one small piece of Follow Up, which Andrew get straight into.

FOLLOW UP - PROTON SALE DECISION

As Geely have pulled out of bidding for Proton, leaving only the PSA Group, mean a decision is due by the end of June. To read more click here.

JAGUAR F-PACE WINS WCOTY

Congratulations to Jaguar as the F-Pace has won World Car Design of the Year and World Car of the Year. Andrew and Alan do discuss some of the runners up and question why they were in the running. To read more about the other category winners click here.

NEW YORK MOTORSHOW

Andrew is, perhaps, a touch harsh on the New York Motor Show's exhibitors with his introduction, the chaps discuss what was on display. To run through some of the highlights click here.

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ALAN DRIVES A CAR

Alan's parents now own a new BMW 530D and he got a go behind the wheel. Alan explains that there have been significant changes over the last generation. Andrew gets the opportunity to rant about useless technology that doesn't actually enhance our lives or solve a problem we actually have.

EVO RACE OF REMEMBRANCE FILM

EVO have released a video about Mission Motorsport's Race of Remembrance, held in November on Anglesea. As ever, it is beautifully shot and helps to show the chaps what they will (hopefully) witness when they attend the event later this year. To see the video click here. To visit Mission Motorsport's website click here.

PROJECT SWARM

Tom Ford, TV presenter and Top Gear writer, has embarked on a new project. He has decided to customise a Mitsubishi L200 into a more extreme vehicle. He has roped in Ralph Hosier and crew to help with this. Think big wheels, flared arches, a drone launchpad and you'll be along the right lines. To read more about this wonderful and fun project click here.

AND FINALLY....PETROLBLOG NEW YORK MOTORSHOW AWARDS

Friend of the show, Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, published a wonderful counterbalance to the flood of recent PR-speak press releases that use an awful lot of words, that occasionally mean something. To read more click here and enjoy.

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Episode 100 : Crowdfunding - #Dieselgate, Ultra Low Emission Zone, Riversimple Success, WRC Corsica, Win an Aston

This may be Episode 100 but #Dieselgate continues to be part of the show. The chaps immediately crack on with the Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - VW SETTLES WITH 10 US STATES

Volkswagen has reached an agreement with 10 states in America, to the tune of $157m, as part of the penalties for their deception. To read more click here.

VW have also been approached by the UK Government to pay £1m, for upgrades required due to the new testing regime. Funnily enough, Volkswagen has said "No". To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - UBER V WAYMO CASE

Uber has stated that they have not copied Waymo's design, as their LIDAR is different. More interestingly is the comments that have been leaked of the judge's comments. He doesn't seem to give Uber much of a chance. To read more click here

FOLLOW UP - ULTRA LOW EMISSION ZONE

The date has been announced for the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London, 8 April 2019. Andrew tries really hard not to rant too much about this. However, regular listeners will know the chap's feelings on this matter. To read more click here.

Amidst all the hysteria of how dreadful diesel engines are, Steve Cropley has written an article that answers many of the commonly asked questions should you own or be considering owning a diesel engined vehicle. Well worth a read, which you can do by clicking here.

FOLLOW UP - GERMANY STILL HATES FIAT

German authorities claim to have found another defeat device, this time in the FIAT 500X. FIAT denies this. The information will be passed on to the European Commission. To read more click here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS FOR MARCH

Beginning of the month can mean only one thing! That's right, get ready to play along as the chaps dissect a spreadsheet and nerd out on numbers. To read more about the figures click here.

The huge spike in registrations was due to changes in VED rates, to read more click here. Alan mentioned that Mitsubishi are, rightly, unhappy with the changes, to read more click here.click here.

RIVERSIMPLE CROWDFUNDING SUCCESS

Riversimple, the hydrogen car manufacturer, has just completed a round of crowdfunding. The target was £1 million, they ended up at £1,138,000. Congratulations to everyone! To read more click here.

LAUNCHING A PATREON SUBSCRIPTION

The chaps have decided to ulitise Pateron, a popular crowdfunding site, as a way to generate income to help pay for everything they've been to date. In order for the Motoring Podcast to improve, both in terms of quality and what is covered, the chaps need additional financial help.

So far there is only one Level, which has been set at the price of a pint for both Andrew and Alan. Imaginatively, this is called the Pint Level. If you do fund the chaps to this amount, when they meet you they will buy you a drink as a small token of their thanks! However, you can sign up and subscribe at any amount you wish, so do not view the Pint Level as mandatory.

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GREAT ESCAPES DRIVING DAY

A couple of weeks ago Alan was lucky enough to spend the day driving a selection of Great Escapes's fleet. Despite the weather he had a cracking day. To see a montage of the day click here. Thanks, once again to Graham and the Team for putting up with Alan! 

WRC CORSICA RESULT

The fourth event of the season and the fourth winner! This time Hyundai and Neuville took the top step of the podium. Meeke's luck deserted him once again after he was leading by nearly 17 seconds. To read more click here.

CLOSED ROADS MOTORSPORT ALLOWED

Motorsport can now take place on closed public roads in the UK. To read more click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - ONLY ONE LEFT ON THE ROAD

Check out the list of cars that only have a really small number left on the roads. To read more click here.

AND FINALLY...HOW TO WIN AN ASTON

Aston Cambridge is offering the chance for you to win an Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Car. If the opportunity to win this car for £20 interests you click here. This is to aid the RAF Benevolent Fund, which helps current and past RAF personnel and their families.

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Episode 99 : Mellow Yellow - Uber and Waymo, Yellow Car Rally, New London Taxi, Tesla worth more than Ford

This week's show is "Alan Only" so it's a short one...

Follow Up - Uber vs. Waymo, the stand-off continues

Files are still missing and the director of Uber's self-driving vehicle programme is "Pleading The Fifth". Will Uber be forced to halt work? More from Jalopnik and Bloomberg.

Follow Up - Maddox Yellow is now "a thing"

100 yellow cars paraded through the village of Bibury in the Cotswolds at the weekend in support of 84-year-old retired dentist Peter Maddox, who's yellow Corsa was vandalised for "ruining" tourist's photos when parked outside his house. Vauxhall has shown their support by renaming the colour to "Maddox Yellow". More from Autoblog.

London Taxi Company build new Warwickshire Factory

The first new U.K. Vehicle factory for over a decade has been built for London Taxi Company via parent company Geely. More from Autocar.

Tesla more Valuable Than Ford

Street Smart
By Schwartz, Rosen

Tesla’s market cap valuation exceeded that of Ford today following a 7% rise in share value brought about by the announcement that Tesla had delivered 25,000 cars in Q1 of 2017. More from BBC News.

Mexico E-Prix Summary

The Mexico City E-Prix was a chaotic display of skills, spills and overtaking, with Lucas di Grassi working his way from last on the grid to first. Also, Sergio Marchionne has said some stuff. Race report from Motorsport.com, Sergio statements from Jalopnik.

Daily Diesel Toxin Tax

The UK Government is expected to announce a £20 charge on drivers of older diesel vehicles to enter up to 35 sites in the UK. Hooray. More from Autocar.

April Fools

Alan’s Top 5 Motoring April Fools

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Episode 98 : Razzia-ed - Audi raided, Renault in trouble, Zenos bought, Toyota invests £240m, Uber crash facts, Formula E in Mexico

The chaps start the show with some follow-up, not all of it bad either!

FOLLOW UP - AUDI RAIDED

Audi offices and senior Volkswagen employees were raided on the same day as their annual press conference. Audi said they were cooperating with prosecutors. To read more click here. Bertel Schmitt, whose articles Andrew and Alan have referred to in the past came out with an interesting piece, which those still interested in #Dieselgate may want to check out. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - RENAULT IN TROUBLE

A French government agency has accused Renault of cheating emission tests for over twenty years! The chaps do not need to remind anyone that for them to do so must mean they have some compelling evidence. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - REMINDER VOTE IN AUTOCAR’S READERS’ CHAMPION AWARD

Having previously mentioned Autocar’s Readers’ Champion list of cars, this is a quick reminder that the vote closes this week, so click on the link here to make your opinion count! The result will be announced on 23 May at their annual awards ceremony.

FOLLOW UP - LAZIROUS ZENOS

You will recall that the chaps sadly mentioned the end of Zenos Cars, but it looks as though that is all set for change. A consortium, including backers of AC Cars, have stepped in and bought the assets. To read more click here.

TOYOTA INVESTS IN BURNASTON PLANT

The Burnaston Toyota plant will get a £240 million pound investment, to enable it to build cars from their global architecture. To read more click here.

PSA TO BUY PROTON?

Geely has pulled out of buying Proton, and therefore Lotus. Geely stated that Proton management was too indecisive during negotiations. This leaves PSA as the only other option, at this time. To read more click here.

UBER CRASH NOT ALL IT WAS REPORTED

In the continuing car crash (sorry, not sorry) that is Uber’s recent PR, one of their self-driving Volvo’s was involved in a traffic accident in Arizona. The press was quick to leap on this, but most forgot to mention it was the fault of another vehicle, that was driven by one of those dangerous and pesky humans! To read more click here.

BUGATTI CHIRON

The show does not often single out a car for special mention unless the chaps have driven it, however, the Bugatti Chiron has caused them to bend that rule. To read more click here.

ØSTBERG OUT OF CORSICA

Mads Østberg will not be racing in Corsica in the WRC. Lack of testing in a suitable car is the reason given. He does not believe he will be able to push for the win as he won’t get a chance to practice with a car that has the correct suspension. That would make it a bit trickier. The rally will take place between 6 - 9 April. To read more click here.

FORMULA E IN MEXICO

The next round of Formula E takes place this weekend in Mexico City. As ever, when we get confirmation of TV listings we will tweet them out. In more good news, Formula E announced nine manufacturers who have been accepted until 2021. These include DS, BMW and Mahindra. To read more click here.

The track layout for the double-header weekend in Berlin has been announced. To read more click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 20 EMBARRASSING PUBLICITY SHOTS

Another cracking list from Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, this time excruciating publicity photos for cars. To see them all, in the cringeworthy glory click here.

AIR PURIFYING BILLBOARD

Toyota Muria billboards, in California, will act as air purifiers. These will be coated with titanium dioxide coated vinyl which will act similarly to a catalytic converter. By using sunlight, wind, and humidity the coating will remove nitrogen from nitrogen dioxide and leave the oxygen. To read more click here.

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Episode 97 - Special Edition : Geneva Motor Show Round-table Discussion

Another first for the Motoring Podcast, a 'round-table' where we discuss our highs, lows, and surprises from the Geneva Motor Show!

Happily, it's not just Alan and Andrew on this, they're joined by Richard Gooding, Green Fleet's Features and Road Test Editor, and Andrew Brady, Motoring Research's Web Editor. If you wish to get in touch with them click the links below for their Twitter profiles.

Richard on Twitter - @richgoodingcom

Andrew on Twitter - @MR_AndrewBrady

As this is the first time we've tried this, we would love to get your feedback on the show. Do you like this format? Should we do more? What topics would you like us to explore in this way? Please get in touch by any of the means below to let us know!

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Episode 96 : Excited - #Dieselgate, Spring 2017 Budget, Naughty Touchscreens, Geneva Motor Show Summary, #RedditchClassics Next Meet

This week #Dieselgate makes a return to the Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - VW ADMITS GUILT

Last week, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US. Their lawyer stated they pleaded guilty because they were. This sounded like a change in tact and language from VW. To read more click here

FOLLOW UP - VW THREATENS EUROPEAN OWNERS

In a move that seems at odds with Volkswagen's change to a more apologetic and contrite stance, they have threatened European owners. Some owners have stated that their car, following the 'fix', has less power and poorer fuel economy. VW are adamant that the fix doesn't affect the cars negatively. To read more click here.

JOHN SURTEES PASSES AWAY

The sad news was announced, that John Surtees CBE, died last week. Of course, he was famous for being the only person to be champion, in both F1 and motorcycle world championship. To read more about John Surtees click here.

SPRING 2017 BUDGET

In the UK, we are lucky to be getting two Budgets this year. The first was announced last week and there was a little bit that car owners need to pay attention to. Fuel Duty will remain frozen again. £650 million is pledged to improve local transport networks. Money is being provided for autonomous and connected vehicle research. There is no mention of a diesel scrappage scheme, but the chaps fully expect the anti-diesel wave to hit in the autumn announcement. To read more click here.

ADVERTISING REGULATOR SAYS NO TO TOUCH SCREENS

The Advertising Regulator has told Jaguar off for focusing on their touch screen technology whilst the car is being driven. Andrew is struck by the fact that this has not been raised by automotive safety organisations. Whilst a touch screen has the inherent issue of requiring the user to look at it to make sure the correct portion is being touched. Also, the need to look away from the road is not good. To read more click here.

GENEVA MOTOR SHOW SUMMARY

Alan was at Geneva at the weekend, so keep an eye out the podcast's Instagram for some of his many, many, many pics. The chaps have a brief run down of some of the highlights however, there will be a Special Edition coming out soon which discusses it more in depth. To read more click here.

NISSAN CHIEF DESIGNER TO RETIRE

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief designer, announced his intention to retire. He will be replaced by Alfonso Albaisa, who head's up Infiniti's design. Karim Habib, ex-BMW, will fill the vacant slot at Infiniti. To read more click here.

MEEK WINS RALLY MEXICO

After two rounds of bad luck, Meek used a lot of the good variety up in winning the Rally Mexico. In another incredibly exciting event, that TV covered wonderfully, we were kept gripped right up to the finish. Thierry Neuville also finished a rally for the first time this year, ending up third. Another race, another different winning car. To read more click here.

FORMULA E DOUBLE-HEADER IN BERLIN

After the Belgium race was canceled organisers have been working on ensuring there are 12 races this season. Berlin will now host a double-header weekend. To read more click here

COFFEE AND CARS SEASON OPENER

Great Escape Cars announced the opening of the Coffee and Cars season, for this year. On 26 March their first event will be held at their site in Redditch. To read more click here.

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Episode 95 : Nerd Maths - PSA and GM Deal, Feb New Car Reg Figures, Mission Motorsport turns 5

There is only one news item for Follow Up, but it's a big one! The chaps move straight into discussing PSA agrees a deal with General Motors.

FOLLOW UP - GM PSA DEAL

Today, as of recording, there was a joint press conference announcing the deal where PSA buys Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors. The short answer is GM were clearly desperate to get rid of Opel/Vauxhall. To read more click here and click here.

There has, finally, been much discussion in the motoring press as to why PSA might be interested and why GM might want to sell. To read more click here and click here.

Rumours persist the way is now clear for GM to merge with FSA. The chaps imagine Marchionne has been blocked by Barrie now, due to the constant calling!

FEBRUARY NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

Start of the month means SMMT's new car registration figures are out. February sees a slight drop in numbers. However, alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to rise. Will Alan be proved right, by the end of the year? To read more click here.

MISSION MOTORSPORT TURNS 5

Congratulations from the Motoring Podcast to all involved with Mission Motorsport, who turned 5 last week. To read more click here.

Details were also announced about the Race for Remembrance, held at the Anglesey Race Track. This year it will be a 12 hour endurance race. To read more click here.

RALLY MEXICO

Quick reminder that the Rally of Mexico starts this Friday. Andrew is looking forward to the special stage being held in the same square as that used in Spectre. Hyundai and Citroën will be hoping for some good luck. Toyota is talking down their chances. We will be watching with interest to see how the M-Sport Ford does too. To read more click here.

NEW TOP GEAR SERIES

Sunday 5 March saw the first episode in the new series of Top Gear. This time Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Read are leading the show. The test track is back, for the celebrity guests to try in the new reasonably fast car, a Toyota GT86. Both Alan and Andrew saw a vast improvement on the last series and have higher hopes. As always, though, they're just happy that a motoring show is on TV. To watch it via the BBC iPlayer click here.

EUROPEAN COTY

The European Car of the Year has been announced. Congratulations to Peugeot for winning with the 3008. Social media did seem perplexed at the decision. To read more click here.

ALAN'S GENEVA SHOW HIT LIST

Alan runs through a quick list of vehicles he wants to see at the Geneva Motor Show this week. He also has a rant about the layout. To see Alan's guide to Geneva video, click here.

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Episode 94 : GCSE Maths - Zero Tolerance Laws, Insurance Premiums, EVO Appoint Editor, Alex Goy in Velvet

For a change, there is limited follow-up, and none of it is #Dieselgate, for which we are thankful!

FOLLOW UP - NORWAY TO PENALISE COMBUSTION ENGINES FROM 2025

The Norwegian government is confident that penalising buyers of petrol and diesel engined cars will encourage people to buy low and zero emission vehicles. They are confident that they could see 100% low and zero emission sales by 2025. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - ZERO TOLERANCE LAWS IN EFFECT 1 MARCH 2017

A reminder that the laws, with heavier penalties, came into force on 1 March 2017. This includes penalties for using a phone when driving. To read more click here.

INSURANCE PREMIUMS TO SOAR

Due to a change in the way money is allocated to accident victims car insurance is expected to rise, on average, by £75 a year. This seems like another tax on the motorist, coming so soon after the extra tax being levied on insurance anyway. To read more click here.

GOOGLE SUES UBER

Waymo, the autonomous driving business arm of Google, has filed papers against Uber and their ex-employee who went there, Anthony Levandowski. The claim is that Levandowski stole proprietary information about the LiDAR system they had developed. This is at very early stages, but seems it will run the distance. To read more click here and click here.

CARLOS RUINS ANDREW’S PREDICTIONS

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Rebel Alliance, has announced he will be stepping down from Nissan, to allow him to concentrate on Renault and Mitsubishi. To read more click here.

EVO APPOINT STUART GALLAGHER AS EDITOR

evo announced that their new editor will be Stuart Gallagher. Congratulations, from the chaps, go to Stuart. To read more click here.

ROBORACE CAR REVEALED

The Roborace car has been revealed. Imaginatively called Robocar. Roborace will be a support race for Formula E. To read more click here.

SEARCH FOR BEST BRITISH WOMEN IN THE CAR INDUSTRY

Autocar and SMMT have launched, for the second year, their quest to compile a list of the best British Women in the car industry. The chaps fully endorse this, as you’ll remember, they discussed the list last year. To read more click here.

ROLLS-ROYCE REVEAL NEW MODEL

Rolls-Royce has revealed the smallest model in their current range. The SHR is a bespoke vehicle, which has been designed and crafted for children at the St Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit, in Chichester, West Sussex. The idea is for children to be able to drive themselves to surgery, obeying the installed traffic signals, and hopefully reduce stress for them. The chaps applaud Rolls-Royce for this and think it's a brilliant idea. To read more click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - UK CAR OF THE YEAR

To read the final winners of the UK Car of the Year click here. Congratulations to Mercedes for being announced the overall winner! Oops, sorry, should have warned you of spoilers!

AND FINALLY - ALEX GOY IN VELVET

Watch Alex Goy teach us about the original Bright Young Things as he wears velvet. Oh, there’s also the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge too. But Mr Goy is spoiling us in his velvet! To see this click here. Thanks to Chris Ratcliffe for pointing it out!

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