The show starts out with a bit of follow up. By a bit, we mean a lot. Right....
FOLLOW UP - VW SETTLEMENT APPROVED
A judge has approved the $14.7 billion settlement that has been reached between Volkswagen and Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, State of California and vehicle owners. To read more click here.
FOLLOW UP - AUDI 3.0 DIESELS
Audi will have to buy back all 3.0 diesel cars impacted by the #DieselGate scandal as they cannot fix them to the satisfaction of regulators. Obviously, this will expand to VW and Porsche, which is a financial blow to Volkswagen. To read more click here.
FOLLOW UP - NISSAN OWNS MITSUBISHI
Nissan has now acquired Mitsubishi, for about £1.5 billion. Carlos Ghosn has also assumed the mantle of CEO - how many jobs does the man want? We still wait to see what it actually means to us, the consumer, as lots of talk has been about “regaining trust”. To read more click here.
FOLLOW UP - SUNDERLAND DECISION
Sticking with Nissan, they will announce the decision of where to build the new Qashqai next month. The importance to Sunderland is obvious, but it will also send a signal to the country on manufacturer’s confidence following the Brexit vote. To read more click here.
FOLLOW UP - FIAT 500X EMISSIONS
FIAT defended itself at a European Parliament inquiry committee, over the claim it uses unauthorised software during emission testing. Apparently, Harald Wester, chief technical officer at FCA, said it uses “control strategies which modulate the emissions control system”. FIAT has been asked to further clarify that! To read more click here.
FOLLOW UP - EU EMISSION LEGISLATION
Draft EU emission legislation has been put forward which will allow, due to alleged loopholes, for petrol engines to emit up to 50% more than the limit of toxic particulates in the Euro 6 regulation. To read more click here.
Tesla announced that all new cars produced at the factory will come fully autonomous hardware that will allow for Level 5 autonomy - not that it has been fully tested or is legal. You’d be a tad annoyed if you’d just had delivery of your Tesla, wouldn’t you? Residuals? To read more click here.
But, what seems to have been missed by many, is that the new cars will NOT come with “some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control”. Ouch! To read more click here.
Tesla also announced, via the small print, that if you own one of their cars you cannot use it in a ride-sharing manner, for profit, unless via their own network due in the future. So, don’t expect to be picked up in a Tesla Uber. To read more click here.
In a media Q&A, held after the announcements, Musk accused those reporting on accidents involving Teslas of “killing people” because it may dissuade people from using an autonomous vehicle (hang on, we thought they weren’t autonomous, Tesla keep telling us they aren’t when issues about the name 'AutoPilot' come up). He also said that they would not follow other’s suit and won’t fully insure the vehicle when it’s in ‘autonomous’ mode. To read more click here.
LYNK & Co HAVE LANDED
Geely, who owns Volvo and The London Taxi Company, launched a new company called Lynk & Co and it’s first model, the 01. The 01 is a premium sector aiming SUV. There will be combustion engines to power them, along with some sort of electrification. A lot of noise was made about connectivity, from the car itself to beginning the process of buying. As a result, there will be no discounts, the price is the price. But they are looking at a subscription-based model or shared membership. To read more click here.
NEW PODCAST TO TRY - AUTONOCAST
As you might expect from a podcast, we are always interested in new podcasts. Autonocast, with Damon Lavrinc, Alex Roy and Ed Niedermeyer, discuss transport technology. This is interesting because they don’t always agree with each other. But they know a lot about autonomous vehicles and the technology out there. Go try it as so far it has been very good. To hear more click the iTunes link here, or click here for the site.
PETROLBLOG’S CONNECTEDCAM USE
During the launch of the new C3, one aspect was missed by us here at Motoring Podcast Towers, the ConnectedCAM. This is a 120º wide angle HD camera fitted behind the rear-view mirror. Petrolblog showed us a genius use for this, as a car spotter! There are more grown up uses for the camera, but we like this one. To read more click here.
LIST OF THE WEEK - BEST USED CARS FOR £1000
Friend of the show, Andrew Brady, has created a list of what he thinks are the best car buys for under £1000. There are some ‘individual’ choices, but it does get one thinking and maybe wandering off to AutoTrader for a little look. To read more click here.
£21K BENTLEY GT ANYONE?
We’re not sure what first attracted Alan to the headline “Bentley GT for £21K”! Apparently, that is what some are going for now. Andrew agrees with Alan that these have grown more attractive looking over time, but he’s not sure selling one of his kids to fix it would be worth it. Hang on…. To read more 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.