Episode 59 : Bad Taste - #Dieselgate and Bosch, Tesla extend range capability, Volvo and Uber tie-in, Recycling Carbon Fibre, Toyota Verso Song

This week Alan is unable to get the internet to work, which means Andrew is running solo! Next week all things should be back to normal though, so don't worry.

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE DRAGS IN BOSCH

Bosch is now being accused in helping Volkswagen perpetrate the deception that has become known as #Dieselgate. They are a co-defendant at legal proceedings in San Fransico. We shall have to watch this closely as the case proceeds. To read more click the link here.

FOLLOW UP - DVLA REFUTE LOSS IN REVENUE CLAIM

When the chaps discussed the sensationalist headline, that the DVLA had lost money thanks to ditching the paper tax disc, they were quite sceptical. Now the DVLA have responded saying the apparent loss isn't actually a loss as many people had moved to pay on a monthly basis. To read more click on the link here

VW PLANTS NOW RUNNING AFTER DISPUTE

Volkswagen plants, building Golfs and Passats, were at a standstill earlier this week following a dispute with suppliers. The suppliers claim that their contracts had been terminated without notice or compensation. To read more click here. However, following overnight negotiations, they will resume supplying the parts so production can begin ramping up once again. To read more about that click here.

AWFUL BANK HOLIDAY TRAFFIC CLAIM, AGAIN

Another UK Bank Holiday weekend, another claim of the worst traffic EVER, well, since the last one at any rate. More seriously, anyone having to travel over the weekend, good luck! To read more click here.

UBER AND VOLVO TIE-IN

Volvo and Uber are working together on a project to further both company's autonomous driving aims. Volvo will supply vehicles to Uber, based on their Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), who will then use their own autonomous technology they've been working on to develop it more. Another manufacturer has a tie-in with a ride-share company. But, will the fact that Volvo is owned by a Chinese company mean there is an opportunity for Uber to go back in to China in due course? To read more about the deal click here.

RECYCLING CARBON FIBRE

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a way to recycle thermoset carbon fibre. The process of making carbon fibre is costly, in large part due to the waste. If there is a way to recycle it then this could well bring down the cost thus allowing for more to be used in mainstream cars. To read more click here.

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT PLANNING

This may have passed you by, but thankfully our 'Bad Taste Reporter, Alan, spotted that Bently has collaborated with Lindley to create the perfect hamper for the Bentayga. Just when you thought bad taste couldn't get any badder-er. To read more click here.

TH!NK ANNOUNCE SOFT-TOP

The electric car company, who Andrew thought had disappeared, Th!nk tweeted a pic of their upcoming convertible. Hopefully, the small car has very impressive safety features. To see the car click here

TESLA EXTEND RANGE CAPABILITY

Tesla announced a new battery, the P100, which will allow the model S and X to do over 300 miles when fully charged. Also, the Model S becomes the quickest accelerating car, to 60mph, currently in production. Speed is fine, but range is what is needed when the car is already fast. More range means EVs become viable for more people! To read more click here.

FORD EXTENDS GT PRODUCTION RUN

Ford have announced they will be extending the production run of the GT. This is good news for those who thought they'd missed out. Ford have done a great job at building excitement over this car. To read more click here. Then go sharpen your pencil and be VERY convincing with your application.

TOYOTA VERSO SONG

The Gand Old Uke of York, ukulele band, has written a song about the Toyota Verso. To read more and see the song click here. If you are at CarFest South this weekend, do check them out on the Wigwam stage.

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