FOLLOW UP - NISSAN MITSUBISHI DEAL APPROVED BY EU
The EU Competitions Commission has approved the proposed deal between Nissan and Mitsubishi, which the podcast first discussed in Episode 42. This will see 34% ownership by Nissan. To read more click here.
FCA IN US COURT
A legal action, brought by some shareholders, has been partially approved to proceed by a judge in the US. The accusation is that US shareholders were defrauded by FCA making false and misleading statements regarding their compliance with vehicle safety laws. The judge did throw out “fraud by hindsight” where the value of recalls was underestimated because “misguided optimism is not a cause of action”. To read more click here.
BREXIT FALL OUT
Nissan announced that the newly revealed Micra would replace the Note, in their model range. This will be built in Flins, France, which is a Renault factory. This is a blow to Sunderland, which will stop producing the car in the spring. To read more click here.
There was an interesting article, by Nick Gibbs, for Automotive News Europe, discussing the EU-Japan trade deal, that is being negotiated at the moment. Significant production in the UK is from Japanese-owned factories, so the implications could be dramatic if Japan changes to exporting to Europe from home factories rather than the UK. Honda has already stated CR-V production is returning to Japan, with the new model. To read more click here.
TESLA TOLD TO STOP USING AUTOPILOT
Californian regulators have told Tesla to stop using the name ’Autopilot’ for its semi-autonomous driving assistance, as the car needs to be classified as Level 3 or above under SAE guidelines, click here to access those.
In Germany, they are also under pressure, regarding the feature, with claims it is inadequate. One example is that drivers are not informed if the computer can’t solve a situation. This is refuted by Tesla and others though. To read more click here.
Tesla has stopped offering the Model X 60D as the intro to the range, now the 75D is the starter. That has added £12,400 to the introductory price as the 75D starts at £76,500. To read more click here.
CANNONBALL RUN LEGEND DIES
Brock Yates, the founder of the Cannonball Run, has died aged 82. He is credited with being the most important man in American car culture, who never ran a car company. To read more click here.
GERMANY CLOSER TO BANNING ICE
Germany’s Bundesrat showed the rare phenomenon of cross-party cooperation, which resulted in support for new cars with internal combustion engines to be banned from sale by 2030. Some commentators argue unless this happens the Paris agreement cannot be met. To read more click here.
NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER
In September there was a 1.6% increase in new car registrations, with Fleet buyers driving this with a 7.3% increase. Private was down 1.7% and Business down 14.9%, although Business is only 4.9% of total registrations. To read more and see the best sellers, click here. To read more about the questions about September registration practices click here.
Buemi won the first race of the season, on Sunday, in an action packed race. Di Grassi deserves special mention, ending up second after having a new nose fitted part way through the race! To see more click here.
For many, though, the race was marred by a lack of live streaming options. Hopefully, this was a glitch for the first race as cutting off access to the race seems very counter productive, especially in a series so young.
Alan found an interesting article on how the cars have changed over the seasons, to read more click here.
Fife police force have been using cutout life-sized police officers to act as a visual reminder to obey the speed limits. Now Tayside is considering introducing them. To read more click here.
CARS THAT MAKE MOTORING RESEARCH SMILE
Motoring Research released a list of cars that make them smile, to commemorate World Smile Day - yes, that is a thing. To read the list click here.
ITALIAN JOB DRIVE RECREATED
Lamborghini has recreated the iconic drive to the start of the Italian Job, to help celebrate 50 years of the Miura. To read more of this fantastic idea 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.