Episode 56 : Under the Duvet - More Alpine Models, PSA in Record Profits, VW Shrugs off #Dieselgate

This week Andrew does make an appearance, as he is able to connect to the internet!

TESLA BUYS SOLARCITY

The chaps start off with some follow up on recent stories. Firstly it's the news that Tesla has indeed agreed to buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion. This wasn't in any real doubt after Elon Musk suggested it should happen. To read more click here.

TESLA MASTERPLAN REACTION

Alan came across an article written by Ed Neidermyer, on Bloomberg, that discussed Tesla's Masterplan Part Deux. To read that click here.

#PROJECTAX UPDATE

@MajorGav has now started writing about progress on the new project this show is following #ProjectAX. For more information on progress click here. Both Andrew and Alan wish Gavin lots of luck and recommend you follow along, supporting him where you can. He asks for luck and hobnobs.

BAVARIA SUES VW

In this week's #Dieselgate section Alan informs us that the State of Bavaria is now suing Volkswagen for losses to their pension fund. Andrew and Alan discuss the merits of this claim, which will probably keep legal bods fully occupied for much time and money! To see the tweet and link to the German site click here.

PASSAT GTE

Further VW news, they announced a new model, the Passat GTE a plug-in hybrid. This is one of the first steps in the electrification of the Volkswagen Group. To read more click here.

Moving on to the new news!

MORE ALPINES

Alpine are now considering releasing a convertible and more powerful models, even before the first model is released. Andrew maintains the design is dull, missing the specialness of the original. Alan desperately wants the model to be properly revealed so he can show Andrew how he is wrong (which he is not!). To read more click here.

SMMT GROWTH BUT WORRY TOO

SMMT revealed how UK motor manufacturing extended it's run of growth again. This good news was tempered by fear over the future following the Brexit vote. Click to here to read one article and here to read another on the matter.

154MPH = 56 DAY BAN

A driver was convicted for driving at 154mph, with punishment being a ban of 56 days and a fine of £365. Both the chaps feel this is a little light compared to what has been done. To read about this ridiculousness click here.

PROECT TITAN

Alan was pleased with this next item as he was able to say Project Titan in a silly voice! This is due to the news that Apple have appointed Bob Mansfield as head of the said project. He has a track record of driving forward the major releases for Apple, such as the Watch, MacBook Air etc. We still do not know what Apple are doing, in terms of cars, so we will watch with interest. To read more click here.

PSA IN RECORD PROFITS

Two years ago PSA Group had to be bailed out, this week they announce record profits. That's an amazing turnaround, which pleases both of the chaps. To read about the amazing figures please click here.

WIEDEKING CLEARED

Ex CEO of Porsche, Wendelin Wiedeking, has had an appeal by German prosecutors dropped, regarding market manipulation during the takeover battle with VW. This finally draws a line under this matter. To read more click here

VW BIGGEST CAR SELLER

Volkswagen haven't been hit in the area of new customers, following #Dieselgate, as figures reveal that they're the Number One producer and seller of cars in the world, in the first half of 2016. To read more about this astonishing new click here.

FREE FORMULA E TEST DAYS

Formaula E is holding testing days at Donnington Park, at the end of August, and are opening the gates for free. Alan strongly recommends that you go online to book free tickets as it's a cracking event. To read more and find the link where to book click here.

SCARY BRIDGE BUS IS REAL

The terrifying Chinese Bridge Bus looks like it will become a reality as testing starts now in China. This will take a lot of psychological adjustment when the bus looms over the top of your car! To see more click here.

TOP 10 OF THE WEEK

This week's list is from Petrolicious and their suggestions for classic cars that will be good daily drivers. To read their suggestions click here.

RALPH'S WARNING

@ralphhosier has written an excellent piece about autonomous cars and what it actually means and what we should be discussing. Both Alan and Andrew thoroughly recommend you do read it by clicking here.

SILLY BILLY SUES FERRARI

A silly billy has decided to sue Ferrari for not selling him one of the new LaFerrari spiders - which we don't know what the official name is yet. To read about this preposterous move click here.

NEW PROJECT

After last week's request for a non small, Frnech car project to follow @PeterGriffithss stepped up to the welding mask and announced #E30Revival. To see the first post click here. We shall be following this and adding it to our virtual restoration garage!

QUESTION FROM THE CHAPS

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