Episode 71 : Is it a bribe - #Dieselgate woes continue, Vauxhall Corsa Recalls, New Car registration figures, Race of Remembrance reminder

This week there is an awful lot of follow up, so let's get started.

FOLLOW UP - VW CONFIRM MOTORSPORT CHANGES

Volkswagen released a press statement to confirm the changes to their motorsport activities following the exit from WRC, that was discussed last week. To read more click here.

NEW DEFEAT DEVICE FOUND IN AUDIS CLAIM

California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that they have found a new defeat device which monitors the steering wheel. The claim is that if the wheel doesn't move 15 degrees the car understands it is on a dynamo and runs at specific settings. To read more about this and other claims that senior VW execs knew about this click here.

VW ADAMANT DEFEAT DEVICE LEGAL IN EU

Volkswagen has, once again, stated the defeat device that is illegal in the US breaks no laws in the EU. Interestingly a court in Spain has found that a customer can claim against VW, but the chaps do not know why yet. At the same time, the German Transport Minister stated that was incorrect, and the device is illegal. Again what laws they are breaking has not been made clear. To read more click here.

VW CHAIRMAN POETSCH INVESTIGATED

German authorities are now investigating the Chairman of Volkswagen Hans Dieter Poetsch. To read more click here.

JLR NOT BUYING SILVERSTONE

Jaguar Land Rover have pulled out of negotiations to buy Silverstone. This is the second potential buyer to do so. To read more click here.

EU INVESTIGATES ASSURANCES GIVEN TO NISSAN

The EU has asked for more details on what assurances have been given to Nissan by the UK Government. As we are still members of the EU we still fall under their rules. To read more click here.

VAUXHALL CORSA RECALL

Vauxhall has recalled 1.4 Turbo Corsas built between 2006 - 2014 due to a potential fire risk. This is different from the ongoing issues with the Zafira B, the chaps have previously discussed. If you are affected or know someone who is please click here to read more. 

BREXIT BOOSTS SALES

Due to the strength, or lack thereof, the pound interest from abroad has increased in UK based right-hand drive cars. So finally a good news story connected with Brexit! To read more click here.

ADMIRAL BLOCKED BY FACEBOOK

The UK insurer Admiral announced they wanted to trial offering insurance prices to new drivers based on people's Facebook posts. This caused a little bit of a stir, to read more click here. Facebook has blocked this move because it contravened it's terms of service, to read more click here.

OCTOBER SMMT REGISTRATION FIGURES

Alan and Andrew discuss the October new car registration figures, using a colour coded spreadsheet and their own criteria for mentioning specific manufacturers. They ask, with no answer, how the Fiesta is so far ahead of everyone else. To read more click here.

DEWAR TROPHY AND SIMMS MEDAL WINNERS

Favourite of the show, Gordon Murray Design's OX and iStream has won the Dewar Trophy, if only Andrew could pronounce it! This is awarded for "outstanding British technical achievement". To read more click here.

The winner of the Simms Medal was Riversimple for their Rasa hydrogen fuel cell car. This is awarded for "outstanding contribution to motoring innovation". To read more click here.

SMART MOTORWAYS NAB MANY PEOPLE

Following an investigation from The One Show we now know that more people are being caught for speeding on 'Smart Motorways'. To read more click here.

MISSION MOTORSPORT RACE OF REMEMBRANCE

This weekend is the annual Race of Remembrance on the Anglesea Circuit, organised by Mission Motorsport, the wonderful armed forces charity. If you can do go watch and support all those taking part! For more details click here.

FORMULA E IS BACK THIS WEEKEND

A reminder that Formula E is back this weekend, this time from Marrakesh. For more details click here.

HUBNUT EXPLAINS CAR CHOICES

Friend of the show Ian Seabrook wrote a personal piece explaining why he chooses to buy the cars he does. Andrew thinks many who listen to the show will also appreciate the post and it will resonate with them. To read this 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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