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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Episode 93 : Special Edition - Subaru WRX STi Review

Subaru WRX STi

Andrew had the keys to a Subaru WRX STi 2.5i Manual, for a week. Can a performance car be practical? Listen to Alan get Andrew to expand further on his initial answers of giggling and going "weee".

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Episode 92 : Sad Pasture - Toxicity Charge Date, Formula E result, Android App Weakness, PSA to buy Opel/Vauxhall

The chaps pile straight into some follow-up, with our ever present friend #Dieselgate starting us all off...

FOLLOW UP - DIRTY AUDI LAUNDRY AIRED

Former Audi head of powertrain development, Ulrich Weiß, has taken the company to court because he wants his job back. In doing so he has stated some pretty damning evidence against the company and CEO Rupert Stadler, in terms of when senior officials knew and what they did once they were aware. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW AND BOSCH SETTLEMENTS GET COURT APPROVAL

A preliminary settlement deal, for 3.0l diesel engines, has been reached between Volkswagen, Bosch and the court in the US. The final details and decision will be announced in May 2017. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW IN TROUBLE WITH UNIONS

After reaching an agreement with the unions over staffing levels of the dramatic cost cutting exercise Volkswagen is going through, there is now cries of foul play. The unions accuse VW of cutting further harder and faster. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW AT TRANSPORT COMMITTEE AGAIN

Paul Willis, head of Volkswagen in the UK, was in front of the Transport Committee once again. The Committee were less friendly, Mr. Willis was less contrite. Mr. Willis was, bravely, accused of lying after he left. As is happening more with the scandal we do not know who to believe. To read more click here

FOLLOW UP - TOXICITY CHARGE DATE

Transport for London has announced a date when the 'Toxicity Charge' will be introduced to the same area as the Congestion Charge. There is some confusion to exactly which vehicles are covered and how much they need to pay thanks to the poor TfL website. To read more from TfL click here. Sadiq Kahn was on TV over the weekend to discuss it and admitted that a Paris style ban of cars could be brought in too. Andrew and Alan expressed their disappointment in this tax of the poor due to it being the only thing they're doing regarding private cars. To read more click here

FORMULA E RESULTS

Formula E was in Buenos Aires last weekend. Another great display of close and exciting racing with Sebastian Buemi won, with Jean-Eric Vergne in second and Lucas di Grassi in third - who also was punished for an unsafe exit from the pits. To read more click here and click here.

In more good news for Formula E, additional manufacturers are asking to join the line of the 2018/19. To read more click here

CHARLES MAKES UP WITH MORGAN

In good news, Charles Morgan has reached an agreement with the Morgan company, and will once again be part of organisation. The show is a big fan of Charles on Twitter, so is happy that this unseemly episode has now been ended. To read more click here.

ANDROID SECURITY WEAKNESS

Kaspersky, the cyber security company, have released information that there are basic security weaknesses in seven Android car apps. At this time they have not named the actual apps, which the chaps hope is because this will get the positive reaction from the manufacturers so that this is taken seriously! To read more click here.

The recommended book of the week is Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. Learn how and why we behave in the ways we do when behind the wheel.

POTHOLE SPOTTING BY FORD

Ford announced how they have been developing a detection system for potholes on the roads. The chaps presume they are beefing up their cloud storage so that it can run well in the UK. This is disappointing that car manufacturers are having to develop this, rather than the highways and council departments. To read more click here.

PSA TO BUY OPEL/VAUXHALL

The news item of the week is that PSA is in advanced talks to buy Opel/Vauxhall. There is a lengthy discussion between Alan and Andrew where they try, and fail, to understand why PSA would want to do this. There are many articles worth reading, in regards to this item.

SniffPetrol's take - click here

Analysis by Bertrand Rakoto of the deal - click here

EllsemerePort safe until 2021 plus analysis from Autocar - click here 

If anyone can explain to Andrew and Alan why this makes sense and ideas for how this will be a success please do get in touch!

LIST OF THE WEEK - 39 CARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Autocar has published a list of 39 cars, they claim, have changed the world. The chaps do not agree with the entire list, but it makes interesting reading. To read more click here.

AMAZING CAR COLLECTION

Alan spotted this article from Jalopnik, which is about the most amazing car collection. Click here to see some stunning cars and in stunning numbers!

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Episdoe 91 : Just Too Big - #Dieslegate, WRC Sweden, New Child Car Seat Rules, Alan likes an MX-5 Shock

The chaps start the week, as they do many, with #Dieselgate follow up. Thankfully it is brief this time!

FOLLOW UP - PIECH CAUSES A STIR

Former Volkswagen boss Ferdinand Piech has stated that he informed the VW board six months earlier than has been previously stated. VW aren't happy about this and deny the news. Piech's lawyer has since stated that this was discussed with Volkswagen's internal investigators, Jones Day, and not meant for the public media. To read more click here and click here.

FOLLOW UP - NISSAN FOUND GUILTY IN SOUTH KOREA

Nissan has been found guilty of using a cheat device in South Korea, on their 1.6-litre diesel engine. Nissan deny this very strongly. They are currently taking the South Korean government's environmental department for the £300,00 fine they were slapped with last year. To read more click here.

WRC SWEDEN RESULT

Congratulations to Toyota on their first win, since returning to competition, in the second race! Jari-Matti Latvala brought the Yaris in first, ahead of M-Sport's Tanak and Ogier. Bad luck hit Meeke and Neuville once again. To read more about the rally click here.

Volkswagen, having missed the January 1 deadline, are not going to be allowed to enter the WRC this year. To read more click here.

DRIVER BLAMES QASHQAI

A driver has been cleared of dangerous driving, for an incident where a pedestrian was killed. The claim is that the Qashqai accelerated, on by itself. Nissan has investigated the car and can find nothing that would have caused this to happen. To read more click here.

NEW CHILD CAR SEAT RULES

As of March 1 2017, there will be new child car seat rules that mean backless booster seats will no longer be allowed. Car seat rules are quite confusing, if you need a seat or think your child needs a seat please click here to find out more.

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MCLAREN TO OPEN NEW FACILITY IN SHEFFIELD

McLaren announced they will be opening a £50M facility to produce carbon fibre chassis. The facility will create approximately 200 jobs. To read more click here.

ALAN TESTS THE MX-5 RF

Alan spent some time with the new Mazda MX-5 RF and was impressed. Andrew laments the lack of a full coupe body-style version. To see more click here.

KABAN HEADS UP BMW DESIGN

Jozef Kaban will head up design for BMW, replacing Karim Habib, after moving from Skoda. Andrew and Alan then ponder BMW's future look and mention VW's lack of design difference in the Group. To read more click here.

FORMULA E IS BACK

Formula E is back this week, in Buenos Aires. Channel 5 will be covering it in the UK, the chaps will tweet out coverage times when they find them.

MOST GOOGLED CAR BRANDS

Quickco, a UK parts retailer, has compiled a map of the most Googled brands across the world. We also listen to Alan and Andrew struggle to name countries when looking at a map! To read more click here.

RIDICULOUS G WAGON REVEALED

Do you feel the G Wagon is not opulent enough? Well, worry no longer, there is a new version the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, a stretched long-wheel base with two seats right at the back under an electrically operated soft-top. To read more click here.

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Episode 90 : Smarty Pants - #Dieselgate, Zafira fires, New Car Registrations, Stolen Engines, Euro NCAP, WRC Sweden

After Alan alienating yet another section of the population the chaps move into follow up, with, yes you guessed it, #Dieselgate!

FOLLOW UP - 3.0L AGREEMENT

Volkswagen has reached an agreement which means they must fix and compensate owners, which will run to approximately $1.2 billion in costs. Also, it has been revealed that they will face additional fines, in the region of $4.04 billion if they cannot reach agreement on a fix for certain aged engines. So much for $19 billion provision set aside by VW. The chaps think that would now be in the region of $26 billion. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW SUED IN GERMANY AGAIN

After discussing the case being brought by an individual, in Germany, due to the way their legal system is structured, this week there is another seeking compensation. However, this time it is a company, Deutsche See, a fish distributor. They have leased 500 cars, due to the promise of how environmentally friendly they were. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - ITALY TESTS FCA MODELS

We knew certain FCA models were going to be retested, due to suspicions that defeat devices were fitted. However, in order to do this, the specific testing elements that would show if any were fitted need to be undertaken. This did not happen. We know this because their own report stated they did not do this! To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - ZAFIRA FIRES

The chaps start by congratulating Andrew Brady for “Headline of the Day” with his piece on GM’s appearance in front of the House of Commons Transport Committee. To read more click here. The representatives from GM didn’t have a comfortable time. To read more click here.

 FOLLOW UP - FORD’S BRIDGEND PLANT

The Unite union has, in a courageous move, given Ford an “ultimatum” of two weeks, to produce a five-year plan for their Bridgend engine plant. Following Brexit Ford announced that they will make decisions based on what’s best for the business. As they have historically proved, Ford will make difficult decisions. The chaps think this is a foolish move by the unions. To read more click here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS JANUARY 2017

New car registrations rose, again, in January 2017. If the alternatively fuelled vehicle rise continues for the rest of the year, Alan could hit his prediction! To read more click here.

ENGINES STOLEN FROM JLR PLANT

A stolen lorry has been used to steal approximately £3 million worth of engines from a Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull. Twice. The chaps discuss how this seems very suspicious due to the levels of security in place for gaining access to the site. To read more click here.

CAR VANDALISED IN MIDDLE ENGLAND

A bright yellow Corsa has been vandalised in the Cotswolds, apparently due to it spoiling visitor’s pictures of seemingly idilic, picture postcard scenes. Both Alan and Andrew get quite cross about this. To read more click here.

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INSURANCE COSTS MORE

Insurance premiums have risen again, which is being attributed to two factors. Firstly, that the Government has slapped another increase in tax on insurance. Secondly, cars are increasingly more complex, therefore fixing them is increasingly more costly. To read more click here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EURO NCAP

In the last twenty years Euro NCAP has helped to drive improvements to car, passenger and pedestrian safety. To help demonstrate the improvements made a 1997 Rover 100 and a current Honda Jazz were tested. To read more and watch the video click here.

WRC IN SWEDEN

Now the chaps, well Andrew, has a renewed interest in the World Rally Championship he is happy to see it is back this weekend, this time in Sweden. M-Sport, Toyota and Hyundai will be happier going into the weekend, with Citroen having much to do. Coverage will be on BT Sport and highlights on Channel 5 next Monday.

MOBILE DRIVING GAME

Andrew has been trying out a mobile driving game, called Gear.Club. He’s quite impressed. To see more and try it out click here.

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Episode 89 : Say Disruption - #Dieselgate, 2 Star Mustang, Paint Tax, EV Chargers at Petrol Stations

The chaps start the show, as they do nearly every week, with #Dieselgate follow up.

FOLLOW UP - GERMAN PROSECUTORS NAME WINTERKORN

After investigations and raids on properties in the last week, German prosecutors feel Winterkorn may have known about the defeat device software sooner than his declared timescale. He is now being investigated for fraud. This raises the number of people being investigated from 21 to 37. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR CHIEF VW

Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who was poached from Daimler, shortly after the scandal broke. There appears to be a difference in opinion in what her role actually meant. Again, this is not a good headline for Volkswagen, as they keep going to great lengths to say how the culture is changing. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - MORE CLAIM COMPENSATION IN THE UK

A further 15,000 claimants have joined the compensation claim against VW, in the UK. The basis for their argument is that Volkswagen have misled over their environmental impact. The High Court proceedings will swing into action in October. To read more click here.

#BOOSTEDMANCHESTER

At the weekend, Alan and Andrew were in the same place at the same time, without a rift being torn in the space time continuum! They went to the inaugural #BoostedManchester event organised by, friend of the show, @AutoBant and Stadt Thechnik, in Manchester. Around 30 cars showed up, along with Instagramers, and was good fun. Much noise and smoke was produced. @Autobant has said that it was a good start and basis for future events. We will be keeping an eye out for developments.

MUSTANG GETS 2 STARS FROM EURO NCAP

The current Ford Mustang only received 2 Stars from Euro NCAP during safety testing. Which is a bit of a shock as cars generally get four to five. However, as Ford pointed out, there is more to this than that headline. In the US it has done well in similar testing. There are some obvious reasons, such as a lack of active safety features like Forward Collision Warning etc. But front airbags not inflating fully enough is harder to explain. Ford will be making improvements and adding features soon. To read more click here.

PAINT TAX

Parkers have investigated paint options for new cars, pointing out something we have noticed, which is that most companies only give one “free” colour option. Everything else costs extra. To read more click here.

SHOULD LORRIES USE HGV-ONLY SAT-NAVS

The Local Government Association has demanded that lorries only use sat-navs designed specifically for them so low bridges can be avoided. As Alan points out it will be difficult to police and is ultimately the responsibility of the driver to know their height and pay attention to sign posts. To read more click here.

SHELL TO INSTALL ELECTRIC CHARGERS AT PETROL STATIONS

Shell announced that they will be installing charging points across Europe and the UK. This allowed Andrew and Alan to discuss more general business advantages for installing different types of charging points in different locations. To read more click here.

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UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF AUTONOMOUS CARS

Andrew came across this long read article that discussed a few points that hadn’t been discussed yet, the probable behaviour of owners and pedestrians. There is also a section about how silly the ‘moral dilemma’ discussion is. Of further note is the call not to refer to the story-telling device used by Asimov to help the plot of his novel which is the 3-Laws of Robotics. Please stop, it is silly and irrelevant as it is FICTIONAL! To read more click here.

SELF-PROMOTION SPOT

We noticed that Autocar is starting a long term test of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. On this show, it is not often that we get in there slightly ahead of the bigger outlets. If you remember, Alan spent a weekend with it, to hear more click on this link. He also had a quick drive at the SMMT Test Day, which is where he got the urge to try it for longer, to hear about that click here. To read Jim Holder’s article click here.

PARKING IN WESTMINSTER COUNCIL WILL COST MORE

From 1st April 2017 Westminster Council will charge 50% more to park a diesel car on their roads. To read more click here.

#PROJECT2CV UPDATE

@Dollywobbler has now fitted the rear seats in his 2CV. Ian keeps marching forward!

LIST OF THE WEEK - BEST MOTORING EVENTS OF 2017

Andrew Brady has compiled an excellent list of the best motoring events to attend in 2017. To read more click here. Then go add some to your calendar and hopefully the chaps will see you at them!

UNSEEN MCLAREN F1 RECORD ATTEMPT

To see unseen footage of the record run of the McLaren F1 242mph run click here.

 

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Episode 88 : No Defence - #Dieselgate, WRC, Oslo Ban, Paris Stickers, Nissan Awards, Goodwood Theme, #BoostedManchester

This week starts, once again, with Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - NISSAN TO REVIEW SUNDERLAND POST BREXIT

Following Prime Minister May’s speech regarding Britain’s stance for Brexit negotiations, Nissan announced it would be reviewing Sunderland in the post-Brexit era. To read more click here. To read more about Toyota considering it's future in the UK click here.

FOLLOW UP - WINTERKORN FACED GERMAN MPs

Former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn appeared in front of German parliamentary enquiry into the #Dieselgate scandal. Apart from declaring he had no early knowledge of the issue not a lot was said due to ongoing legal investigations. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - AUTOCAR SUMMARY OF SCANDAL

Jim Holder, Autocar Editor, has written an opinion piece on the #Dieselgate scandal, which is well worth a read. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW TO REIMBURSE FULL PRICE IN GERMANY

Volkswagen has lost a civil case, in Germany, and been ordered to pay back the full price for a Skoda Yeti. Their defence that the individual(s) who were responsible could not be identified yet was not sufficient. VW are confident their appeal will overturn this. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - MONTE CARLO RALLY

Over the weekend the Monte Carlo Rally took place. Unfortunately, it got off to a dreadful start with the death of a spectator. However, the racing itself was fascinating and full of drama. In the end Sebastien Ogier won in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta. Toyota taking second with Jari-Matti Latvala bringing the Yaris in home second. Third was clung on to by Ott Tanak in the other M-Sport Ford. Amazing achievement by the independent team. Hyundai and Citroën were beset by mechanical issues and bad luck. To read more click here and to read Ben Oliver’s piece on being a new fan click here.

PAOLO STANZANI HAS DIED

Paolo Stanzani, the creator of the Lamborghini Miura, has died. He was one of a team of young employees who are credited with saving the company. To read more click here.

OSLO BANS DIESELS

Oslo has temporarily banned cars from it’s roads in an effort to tackle pollution. This has not been met with uniform acceptance as in 2006 the government encouraged people to buy diesel cars. Similar to the UK, drivers feel they are being unfairly targeted. To read more click here.

ZENOS GOES BUST

Zenos Cars have gone into receivership. The company put the reason as a downturn in orders. People on social media was busy trying to work out what went wrong. The general sentiment was sadness though as, by all accounts, they made a cracking car. Maybe a buyer can be found. To read more click here.

CRIT’AIR STICKERS ARE GO

To drive in Paris now you must display the correct colour coded sticker which will indicate you are permitted to do so. Higher polluting vehicles are banned between specific times or completely from the streets of Paris. Failure to do so will result in a €68 fine. To read more click here.

NISSAN LOOKS INWARDS

Nissan revealed the first winners of their initiative for employees to suggest ways for the company to improve and offer customers more. To read more click here.

FOUR YEARS FOR FIRST MOT

The Government is mooting the idea of increasing the timescale of the first MOT, for new cars, to four years. The podcast does not agree with this. To read more click here.

GOODWOOD THEME ANNOUNCED

Goodwood has announced the theme for the Festival of Speed, which will be ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Cars to be featured include Group B rally cars and turbocharged F1 cars, amongst others. The chaps are quite upset, as it looks as though they cannot make the event. To read more click here.

MOBILE PHONE CLAMPDOWN

During one week, nearly 8000 drivers were stopped over mobile phone use. Unfortunately, for this to happen the police had to make a special effort, as they are so constrained by lack of resources. To read more click here. Related to this, speeding fines will be increased for the most serious cases. To read more click here.

#BOOSTEDMANCHESTER EVENT

Friend of the show, @AutoBant is heavily involved in organising this new car event which will be in Manchester on Saturday 28 January 2017, starting at 18:00. The show will be attending so if you see Alan and Andrew do say hello! To see more details click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - COOLEST ALLOYS EVER

Once again @MajorGav has produced a cracking list, this time of the 20 coolest alloys ever made. To see the list click here.

REAR VIEW PODCAST

Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on iTunes click here.

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