Episode 49 : Saab's dead, baby. Saab's dead - Paris will allow old cars in, #DieselGate, Polluting diesel report, Formula E wins award, Le Mans, Profitable Lotus, Tow Car Awards, Saab killed off

This week the chaps kick off the show with some follow-up and we start with good follow.

Paris will allow old cars in

Paris will not be banning older classic cars, registered before 1986, during the week as long as they display the correct sticker. Added bonus, we get to hear Alan's very decent French! For more information click here.

Ex-VW Board Memebers under investigation

Two former members of Volkswagen's board of directors are being investigated by German prosecutors, Martin Winterkorn and Herbert Diess. Added to that, Germany's financial watchdog BaFin, has told prosecutors that they need to investigate the entire former board for share price manipulation. To read more click here.

VW AGM runs long

Continuing on the theme of VW, at the time of recording, the AGM had been running for 11 hours! Lots of small shareholders were making their feelings known. One snippet that slipped out from those reporting on this was. That the event cost €7 million!

MINI and Rolls-Royce Concepts

Alan starts with this week's new news and BMW continuing celebration of their centenary. They revealed concepts from MINI and Rolls-Royce, which follows on from the i8 Spyder and Vision Next 100. Andrew and Alan are fans of the MINI Vision Next 100. However, they are not of the Rolls Royce Vision Next 100. To get a view yourself, click here.

Cold diesels are more polluting

Andrew continues to deliver the happy news, oh wait. The BBC reported that Emissions Analytics, a testing company, had found that diesel engines produce more pollution at lower temperatures. This is another blow to diesel engines and the testing regime they undergo. To read the article click here.

Formula E wins Award

Formula E has been awarded the Low Carbon Transport Award, at the British Renewable Energy Awards. As a reminder, the title decider will be taking place in London on July 2 and 3. Alan will be there on the Saturday, so if you're about please say 'Hi'. For more information on the award click here.

Stunning Le Mans 24 Hours

Last weekend saw one of the most amazing and heart-wrenching Le Mans 24 Hours races. Toyota was leading but ground to a halt on the Start line of the last lap. Porsche, who was second passed and went on to win. Andrew was struck, and who wouldn't be, the emotional outpouring and support for Toyota, who were obviously distraught after coming so far, yet not able to finish the job off. Andrew may say "amazing" a few times.

Ford and Ferrari resumed their battle, with Ford winning the first time they've run their new cars at Le Mans. For more information on this amazing race click here.

Faraday Future autonomous testing

Another manufacturer has been cleared to test their autonomous vehicle on the roads of California, this time Faraday Future. To read more click here.

New 5 star euro ncaps awarded

In a rare moment of good news from Andrew, he discusses the Alfa Romeo Giulia, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan which all received five stars with Euro NCAP. Having AEB, Autonomous Emergency Braking played a big part in this. For further information click here.

Profitable Lotus

Congratulations are in order for Lotus and the fact that they are "cash flow positive" for the first time in their history - which was a bit of a shock to the chaps! In three years they've turned around a £168 million loss, which hasn't been easy. Both Alan and Andrew are looking forward to seeing what the company can do now it is profitable. To learn more click here.

Tow Car Awards 2016

This week the 'Awards of the Week' segment is focused on the Tow Car Awards 2016! Alan gets to read out the very specific categories and winners. Overall the Skoda Superb Hatch 2.0 TDI 150ps SE Business was crowned Tow Car 2016! Congratulations to Skoda. For the full breakdown of categories and winners click here.

Saab finally killed off

Andrew ends the show, as he started it, with bad news. Saab is now officially no more. National Electric Vehicle Sweeden (NEVS) is the owner that had planned to sell electric 9-3s under the Saab name, but will now do so as NEVS. This allows the chaps to contemplate what could have happen if they'd had owners who allowed them to create the cars they felt they should, as Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo are doing. Click here to read more about this sad news.


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