Episode 55 : Alan's Lounge - FCA Sales Practices, #Dieselgate Agreement, Tesla Masterplan, Hacking Talks, Safest Used Car Award, #ProjectAX

The chaps return this week and are relieved to see there isn’t as much doom and gloom as they’ve previously had to deal with!

CLASSICS AND COFFEE

The begin with Alan telling us about his trip to the Great Escapes Classics and Coffee morning. To see a quick video of the photos click here.

HONDA CR-V REVIEW

Andrew posted a review of the Honda CR-V he tested. To read and hear about it click here.

FCA US SALES REPORTING PRACTICES

Alan moves on to some follow-up, with news from FCA regarding the reporting of sales figures in the US. In a lengthy worded press release, no doubt pulled together by very expensive lawyers, they essentially say there was naughtiness going on and the “streak” should have ended in September 2013, after 40 months of continued growth. To read their statement click here.

VW LEGAL AGREEMENT

Just before the show was recorded the court hearing regarding the agreement for the steps Volkswagen will take with 2.0 diesel engined cars was concluded. The judge has given his preliminary approval to the measures but final approval will take place on 18 October 2016. To see some of the more choice snippets click here, then click here, then click here. As a reminder, the overall figure is just over $15 billion. People will still be able to sue VW if they decide the steps proposed do not meet their expectations and they reject these measures.

TESLA MASTERPLAN

In the ‘Tesla Section’, Alan runs through Elon Musk’s Masterplan Part Demux. Firstly, Alan reminds us what was in the first part of the Masterplan, which it is claimed they have nearly met. The key elements are energy generation and storage, expand into other transport forms, autonomous driving and owners sharing vehicles. To read the Tesla press release click here. To read a Bloomberg article going through the points click here - WARNING automatically starting video! To read the article that explains how the proposals for urban transport will not work click here.

OPEN KOENIGSEGG

A Koenigsegg Agera One:1 crashed at the Nürburgring much to the perverse enjoyment of Twitter. In a shocking development, Koenigsegg openly explained what the issue was and how they were going to address it. Many companies can learn from this sort of openness. To read more about this click here.

JEEP RECALL

More bad news for FCA, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee models are being ‘voluntarily’ recalled to address potential stalling issue, which is being blamed on the wiring loom and software. This affects cars built between 2012 and 2014. To read the details click here.

END OF GLASS’S GUIDE IN PRINT

August 2016 will be the last print edition of Glass’s Guide, after 925 editions. Alan is a bit surprised that they still produce a hard copy version. To read more click here.

DVLA LOSES £93 MILLION, MAYBE

Reports emerged that the DVLA has ‘lost’ £93 million following the implementation of the paperless VED system. Andrew suggests looking down the back of the couch. He then takes issue with the figure as he does not believe it takes into account the increase in the number of cars that either are exempt or pay lower amounts of VED. But that wouldn’t make the headlines as impressive. To read more about this click here.

STEELCON 2016 CAR HACKING TALKS

Recently SteelCon 2016 took place in Sheffield. Andrew spotted that there were a couple of talks about car hacking. The first that caught his eye was one by Chris Ratcliff who did a great job at explaining the ways in which you could access the control systems of your car. To watch that click here.

The next talk was by Scott Helme, who walks us through his work on hacking a Nissan Leaf. To watch that click here.

Related to this Scott found a vulnerability in Ecotricity’s charging app. Ecotricity has moved quickly and released an update, which is good to hear. To read about this click here.

US MANUFACTURERS PUBLISH CYBERSECURITY BEST PRACTICES

The Auto-ISAC, the industry’s threat info sharing group have published a guide on best practices for cybersecurity in automobiles. This has been seen as a good first step by security experts. To read more on this click here.

NEW BRISTOL

A new Bristol model has been revealed and the looks are, as Alan says, “challenging”. To see some “in the flesh” pictures click here.

MCLAREN RESULTS

McLaren Automotive released financial results and discussed their future model plans. Alan and Andrew talked, at length, about them ramping up production levels and what the implications could be. To read their statement click here.

NO NEW F1 FROM MCLAREN

The CEO of McLaren, Mike Flewitt, appeared to scotch the rumours, from Autocar, that a hyper-GT would be built by them, in homage to the F1. Autocar has responded to this by asking people to check the wording, as Flewitt didn’t actually disagree with their article. This is an excellent example of people hearing and reading what they want to read/hear. To read more click here.

YET TO BE LAUNCHED DISCOVERY - FULL REVIEW!

Alan was overtaken by a thinly disguised next-generation Discovery. He then treats us to a 10,000 word review, including the dynamic handling and material finishes. In all seriousness, he does talk through his worry for the Discovery brand and the general new looks, which he isn’t a fan of.

LIST OF THE WEEK - SAFEST USED CAR 2016

This is a new award, and one both the chaps are in favour of, which is from the Co-Op for safest used car available for £15K or under and has a 5 Star NCAP rating. To read the list of candidates and find out which one won click here.

NEW CAR PROJECT TO FOLLOW

Friend of the show @MajorGav, he of Petrol Blog, has managed to create space, find the money and pretend he has the time to tackle the Citroën AX GT restoration project. As Alan pointed out, the show seems to have an affinity for small, French car restoration projects. We will continue to watch #ProjectAX’s progress.

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