Episode 86 : Suitably Challenging - #Dieselgate still, Renault diesels, FCA diesels, Detroit Snoozefest, Motorsport

This week the chaps start with follow-up, and it’s not good news for Volkswagen.

FOLLOW UP - FBI ARREST VW EXEC

Oliver Schmidt was arrested in Florida last week, accused of conspiring to prevent US regulators from finding out about the defeat devices. More executives have also been charged. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW EXECUTIVES CHOSE TO CONCEAL DEFEAT DEVICE

The case against Schmidt revealed that the Volkswagen executive management knew about the devices but decided to continue to conceal them. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - DRAFT SETTLEMENT AGREED IN US

Volkswagen has reached a draft agreement over a settlement with US regulators. This includes $4.3 billion fine, pleading guilty to breaking US laws. This will mean costs will exceed the $19bn set aside. To read more click here (it's a Bloomberg article so watch the auto-playing video!) and click here.

FOLLOW UP - RENAULT INVESTIGATION GOES FURTHER

A year after the RAIDS on their headquarter, Renault has learned that findings have been passed on for judicial review. Renault maintains their vehicles meet all French and European regulations. To read more click here.

FCA EMISSIONS INVESTIGATED

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is accused of using defeat devices. FCA denies any wrongdoing. Approximately 100,000 vehicles in the US and 600,000 in Europe are thought to be fitted with emission cheating software. To read more click here. This has resulted in news that the Department for Transport will carry out tests on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as it did with VWs. To read more click here.

DETROIT MOTOR SHOW

The chaps are a bit underwhelmed by the offerings of the show, this year. Only a small number of cars are worthy of a mention.

Motoring Research’s review - click here

carwow’s video review - click here

Autocar’s review - click here

FORMULA E SIM RACE

Formula E held their first Visa Vegas eRace where Formula E drivers and sim racers took to the stage at CES. The winner walked away with $200,000 and $25,000 for pole. This is brilliant for eSports as well as Bono Huis, the Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim racer. To read more click here.

PEUGEOT WIN DAKAR RALLY 2017

Peugeot finished an amazing Dakar Rally in 1, 2, 3 style! Stephane Peterhansel claiming the top prize with Sebastien Loeb in second. Andrew is now waiting for back seats to be fitted to the cars so he can demonstrate how they are practical family cars. To read more click here.

WRC RETURNS THIS WEEK

The World Rally Championship’s new season starts this week in Monte Carlo. There are new manufacturers involved this year with some cracking looking cars. This may well mean another motorsport is to be followed by the podcast. To read more click here.

20 CARS THAT ROCKED A VINYL ROOF

Friend of the show @MajorGav created a cracking list of cars that look brilliant with a vinyl roof. As Alan said this is a bit tricky to discuss so click here to look through the Motoring Research list.

WHAT CAR? CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2017

Last week What Car? held their annual awards ceremony. For the full breakdown of the many awards click here.

CARFECTION COMMENTARIES

Carfection has released some older films with commentaries giving us some background details of what it took to shoot them and a glimpse of how it’s not always as wonderful as we may think it is. To see the Crazy Cart Toy Store Break-In click here.

REAR VIEW PODCAST

Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on iTunes click here.

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