This week the show reaches the milestone of 50 episodes. Thank you to all who’ve listened, chatted with and supported Alan, Andrew and the show up to now.
Naturally, on such a momentous episode one of the team is missing! Alan is away, Richard Gooding has graciously stepped into the void and not left Andrew feeling all alone.
VOLKSWAGEN US COMPENSATION
Andrew starts with follow-up, #Dieselgate, which has been a constant companion to the show since it started. Volkswagen is reported to have reached an agreement in the US for compensation to the US Government and customers. This deal only concerns the 2.0 diesel engine and is worth $14.7 billion. With fixes to cars, buy-back offers, direct compensation. For more information click here.
We have to mention it. We don’t want to, but we have to. The UK has voted to leave the EU, so now there is a period of uncertainty as what the full ramifications are for the car industry as we do not know how ‘out’ of the EU we will actually be. But we’ve already seen some politicians worried about things, for example, the First Minister of Wales requesting an urgent meeting with Ford following their statement which included "Ford will take whatever action is needed to ensure that our European business remains competitive and keeps to the path toward sustainable profitability”. To read more reaction click here.
LEAVE CAMPAIGN SUED
Toyota and Nissan are reported to be suing the Leave Campaign for misuse of their logos in leaflets, implying the car makers were pro exit. Click here to read more on that.
TESLA OFFER TO BUY SOLAR CITY
Tesla has offered to buy Solar City, the solar energy company. Elon Musk is involved with both these companies and expert’s reactions haven’t been very favourable to the idea. To learn more click here, click here and click here.
SWEDEN OPENS FIRST eHIGHWAY
In Sweden Siemens has opened an eHighway, which runs electric lorries via overhead lines, similar to trains in appearance. For more information click here.
500,000 PEVs SOLD IN EUROPE
In May the 500,000th Plug in Electrified Vehicle (PEV) sold in Europe. That’s a great achievement. The more that sell, the quicker the infrastructure will improve, particularly outside cities. To read more click here.
ALFA ROMEO GIULIA QUADRIFOGLIO PRICING
Alfa Romeo has announced the pricing for the new Giulia Cloverleaf, starting at £59K! That’s more than the BMW M3 but less than the C63 AMG. That is tough competition. The car will need to be very good and change people’s expectations of Alfa, at that price, in that company, to sell many. Both Andrew and Richard really hope it is good, at all trim levels. Click here to see more.
NISSAN LEAF No.3 SELLING CAR IN NORWAY
In a further nod to Alan, it was announced that the Nissan Leaf is the third best selling car in Norway. What a great achievement and congratulations to the Nissan and the Norwegian government. For more information click here.
BMW ENERGY STORAGE PLANS
BMW have announced plans to use i3 batteries as back-up or main use for residential and commercial properties. This sounds an interesting diversification for their business. To learn more click here and click here.
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016
Another excellent Festival of Speed was held at Goodwood last weekend. The weather wasn't the kindest at the start, resulting in plenty of mud. ITV4 will be showing highlights, so check out your planners to make sure you don't miss them! Of particular note was Honda’s stand, which was inspired by a Fisher Price garage. To see more about the weekend click here, here, the WRC Polo that Richard was searching for can be seen here and to see the winning drive up the hill click here.
SUNSETS ON CONGESTION CHARGE SUNSET
In 2013 a new, reduced, level for cars to be exempt from congestion charge in London was announced. The new figure is 75g/km CO2, down from 100g/km CO2. Residents within the catchment area were given three years to either buy a cleaner vehicle of pay at the new rate. This sunset ended last Friday. For further information click here.
ASTON MARTIN LOSSES
Following the excellent news that Lotus were profitable for the first time in their history, Aston Martin announced losses on last year. This is the fifth year that Aston have had losses. However, they have invested heavily in expansion via a new plant planned for South Wales. To read more about this click here.
Richard has been watching a series of videos from the German motor magazine GRIP, where they get access to the warehouses of manufacturer's historic collections. There is a way to get a translation, with occasionally quite humorous results. This is a great series and we recommend you go and watch it by clicking here.
'CHRIS HARRIS DRIVES' LAUNCHES ONLINE
Chris Harris promised us that he would be trying to release videos similar to those he did from his old YouTube channel and he is doing so via the new Chris Harris Drives vids. This looks another excellent layer in the content being produced by the new Top Gear. To watch, click here.