Episode 58 : Bread Related Products - Camera Mirrors, #Dieselgate, GT-86 Recall, EQ Trademark, Infiniti Engine

This week Andrew has working internet, so Alan does not have to forge on alone!

FOLLOW UP: CAMERAS FOR WING MIRRORS

Alan’s comments, in last week’s show regarding the news that Japan has approved the use of cameras for wing mirrors, caused Andrew to seek out a reliable enough internet connection so he could make his feelings known. Alan puts forward a good argument for why they will be good on lorries. Andrew is not swayed on their need with cars and believes this just panders to designers whims!

Click here to read the article on the Autech Stelvio Zagato that Alan mentioned.

FOLLOW UP: VW 1.2L DIESEL FIX APPROVED IN EUROPE

Volkswagen has gained approval for changes to their 1.2l diesel engines. This now means there is a total of 3.3 million cars can be “fixed” in Europe following this additional 460,000 vehicles, with only 5.5 million left to get approval for. To read more on this click here.

FOLLOW UP: INVESTORS CLEARED TO SUE VW

A judge in Germany has approved the application for 170 investors to pursue Volkswagen over losses they’ve incurred following the actions of staff at the company. £3.4 billion is being sought. To read about this click here.

TOYOTA GT-86 RECALL

4500 GT-86’s are being recalled due to a potential loss of power steering. There have been no accidents as a result of this and maybe the more enthusiastic drivers may like this but Toyota will be contacting owners to organise the fix. For more information click here.

HOME-MADE TRACKERS USED TO STEAL CARS FROM SHOWS

Desirable cars displayed at shows around the UK are being targeted by thieves, who are fitting home-made trackers to then steal them later. To read more on this worrying news click here.

PSA FIRST RAISE CAR PRICES

PSA Group is the first manufacturer to raise their prices following the Brexit result. FCA and RenaultNissan have also said there will be price rises from them too. To read the article mentioned click here.

VOLKSWAGEN KEYS HAVE VULNERABILITY

In more bad news for VW, which causes Alan to nearly choke to death, researchers have shown that keys from 1995 through to 2016 are vulnerable to being accessed by car thieves. To read more click here. Somehow Alan ranges to get his MX-5 into this piece! Been a few shows since he has crowbarred it into something unrelated.

MERCEDES TRADEMARKS

Mercedes has supposedly trademarked EQ for their electric vehicles and MEQ for the brand. Yes, you can hear Alan’s scrolling mouse in the background just before he educates Andrew in what trademarks actually cover! To read more on this click here.

CONNECTED CAR RISKS

Andrew came across an article from Connected Car Blog, which is a great explanation of the aspects of what needs to be appreciated by us consumers, dealers and manufacturers. This is a non tin-foil hat article so please go read it by clicking here.

NEW INFINITI ENGINE

As much as the chaps are loath to ever talk about “what you can see in the upcoming motor show” type stuff, they break their rule this week because the new Infiniti engine is very important. Alan, eventually, explains the cleverness in what has been achieved in a petrol engine, sometimes with the help of hand movements. To read more click here. Alan’s interpretive dance moves were not captured, so we cannot bring you those unfortunately.

HUBNUT FLEET INCREASES - AGAIN

Normally Andrew and Alan mention Ian Seabrook with regards to his #Project2CV, however he is a busy man when it comes to buying cars to add to his fleet. Now he has added a Rover 600. Alan talks about the attractiveness of the 600 but has to stop before he ventures onto eBay and makes a rash purchase! To read more click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: TOP 25 CARS FOR CORNERS

This article from Motoring Research, written by @timpitt, listing the Top 25 Cars to go around corners. Of particular note is the Honda Accord 4WS and the MX-5, as Alan happily mentions his car. AGAIN. To read the list click here.

KARMA IS BACK. ISH.

Fisker is no more but the Karma is! The Karma Revero, which looks almost identical to the Fisker version, will be coming soon with solar panels on the roof which can add some power to this hybrid car. To read more click here. To see the Jalopnik video click here.    

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