Episode 88 : No Defence - #Dieselgate, WRC, Oslo Ban, Paris Stickers, Nissan Awards, Goodwood Theme, #BoostedManchester

This week starts, once again, with Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - NISSAN TO REVIEW SUNDERLAND POST BREXIT

Following Prime Minister May’s speech regarding Britain’s stance for Brexit negotiations, Nissan announced it would be reviewing Sunderland in the post-Brexit era. To read more click here. To read more about Toyota considering it's future in the UK click here.

FOLLOW UP - WINTERKORN FACED GERMAN MPs

Former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn appeared in front of German parliamentary enquiry into the #Dieselgate scandal. Apart from declaring he had no early knowledge of the issue not a lot was said due to ongoing legal investigations. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - AUTOCAR SUMMARY OF SCANDAL

Jim Holder, Autocar Editor, has written an opinion piece on the #Dieselgate scandal, which is well worth a read. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW TO REIMBURSE FULL PRICE IN GERMANY

Volkswagen has lost a civil case, in Germany, and been ordered to pay back the full price for a Skoda Yeti. Their defence that the individual(s) who were responsible could not be identified yet was not sufficient. VW are confident their appeal will overturn this. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - MONTE CARLO RALLY

Over the weekend the Monte Carlo Rally took place. Unfortunately, it got off to a dreadful start with the death of a spectator. However, the racing itself was fascinating and full of drama. In the end Sebastien Ogier won in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta. Toyota taking second with Jari-Matti Latvala bringing the Yaris in home second. Third was clung on to by Ott Tanak in the other M-Sport Ford. Amazing achievement by the independent team. Hyundai and Citroën were beset by mechanical issues and bad luck. To read more click here and to read Ben Oliver’s piece on being a new fan click here.

PAOLO STANZANI HAS DIED

Paolo Stanzani, the creator of the Lamborghini Miura, has died. He was one of a team of young employees who are credited with saving the company. To read more click here.

OSLO BANS DIESELS

Oslo has temporarily banned cars from it’s roads in an effort to tackle pollution. This has not been met with uniform acceptance as in 2006 the government encouraged people to buy diesel cars. Similar to the UK, drivers feel they are being unfairly targeted. To read more click here.

ZENOS GOES BUST

Zenos Cars have gone into receivership. The company put the reason as a downturn in orders. People on social media was busy trying to work out what went wrong. The general sentiment was sadness though as, by all accounts, they made a cracking car. Maybe a buyer can be found. To read more click here.

CRIT’AIR STICKERS ARE GO

To drive in Paris now you must display the correct colour coded sticker which will indicate you are permitted to do so. Higher polluting vehicles are banned between specific times or completely from the streets of Paris. Failure to do so will result in a €68 fine. To read more click here.

NISSAN LOOKS INWARDS

Nissan revealed the first winners of their initiative for employees to suggest ways for the company to improve and offer customers more. To read more click here.

FOUR YEARS FOR FIRST MOT

The Government is mooting the idea of increasing the timescale of the first MOT, for new cars, to four years. The podcast does not agree with this. To read more click here.

GOODWOOD THEME ANNOUNCED

Goodwood has announced the theme for the Festival of Speed, which will be ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Cars to be featured include Group B rally cars and turbocharged F1 cars, amongst others. The chaps are quite upset, as it looks as though they cannot make the event. To read more click here.

MOBILE PHONE CLAMPDOWN

During one week, nearly 8000 drivers were stopped over mobile phone use. Unfortunately, for this to happen the police had to make a special effort, as they are so constrained by lack of resources. To read more click here. Related to this, speeding fines will be increased for the most serious cases. To read more click here.

#BOOSTEDMANCHESTER EVENT

Friend of the show, @AutoBant is heavily involved in organising this new car event which will be in Manchester on Saturday 28 January 2017, starting at 18:00. The show will be attending so if you see Alan and Andrew do say hello! To see more details click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - COOLEST ALLOYS EVER

Once again @MajorGav has produced a cracking list, this time of the 20 coolest alloys ever made. To see the list 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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