Episode 142 : Humorous Measurements - 3.0l engine fix approval, New Bill for Autonomous and Electric Vehicles, Silly AV reporting

FOLLOW UP: VW FINALLY GET 3.0L ENGINE FIX APPROVAL

Regulators in the US and California have finally approved the proposed fix for Volkswagen’s 3.0l diesel engines. Some are suggesting the cost will be around $1 billion. However, it means they don’t have to buy back the Cayenne, Touareg and Q7s affected. To read the Automotive News article click here.

There is an interesting Jalopnik article about the students who uncovered VW’s cheating, in the first place. Click here to read more.

For the Der Spiegel article attributed by Jalopnik click here.

FOLLOW UP: WHY ASTRA PLANT IS AXING JOBS

Nick Gibbs, who we mentioned last week, has continued to investigate why PSA are letting jobs go at the Ellesmere Port plant as the sales figures don’t appear to match the story we’ve been given. The short answer is efficiency. PSA plants run at a higher efficiency that Opel and Vauxhall one, apparently. To read more click the Automotive News Europe link here.

FOLLOW UP: EU RAID THOSE ACCUSED OF COLLUSION

We haven’t been able to say RAIDED in a ridiculous manner for some time, but we can once more! BWM, followed by Daimler and VW. To read more click the Bloomberg article here and the Automotive News Europe link here.

FOLLOW UP: FCA ACCUSED OF OBSTRUCTION

French authorities are investigating  FCA’s diesel engines, in connection with their emissions. Authorities are unhappy with the level of assistance they are receiving. FCA deny any obstruction. To read the Automotive News Europe article click here.

NEW BILL FOR AUTONOMOUS AND ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES

The Government has released an astonishingly short “Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill” covers insurance of AVs and provisions for EVs. That’s it. You can imagine how impressed Andrew is with all of this. To read the Autocar article click the link here.

WHICH IS MORE TOXIC INVESTIGATION

BBC News had an interesting article where one of their reporters wanted to find out if his old car or his father’s 2009 diesel polluted more. To read this interesting article click here.

VW GROUP MUSICAL CHAIRS

Head of Bentley, Wolfgang Dürheimer, is retiring. Jaguar Land Rover’s global strategy director Adrian Hallmark will take over. Stephan Winkelmann, ex Lamborghini boss, takes over Bugatti. To read about this and other appointments click the Autocar link here.

NISSAN IN AS RENAULT LEAVES FORMULA E

Nissan will take over Renault’s entry in the Formal E championship from 2018/19 season. To read more click the Autocar article here.

DUMB REPORTING CLAIMS V90S ARE AUTONOMOUS

In another example of truly stupid reporting, that autonomous vehicles seems particularly hit by, the New York Times talks about driving a Volvo V90. This sort of reporting has to stop. AVs and driver assistance tech needs to be reported responsibly and safely or people will do stupid things behind the wheel. To read more click The Drive’s takedown here.

To read the excellent Jalopnik article, which shows us how we really should be talking about this technology, click here.

GORDON MURRAY LAUNCHES LOW-VOLUME CAR COMPANY

Gordan Murray will be making his own low-volume cars, following his iStream production process. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 13 REASONS WE AREN’T READY FOR THE FUTURE

CAR Magazine released an interesting article discussing the hot future topics in the motoring world, explaining why they are not around the corner. To read more click the link here.

AND FINALLY: 5,000-YEAR-OLD TOY CAR FOUND

A 5,000-year-old toy chariot with wheels has been found in the ancient city of Sogmatar, in southeastern Turkey. Now if only they’d kept it in the original packaging it would be worth so much more! To read more click the Archaeology News Network article here.

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