Episode 145 : Dieselo Petrolium - Audi recalls A8s, French Gov sells Renault shares, Race of Remembrance, NEC Classic Car Show

After two weeks of solo shows, the chaps are back together. Please note that there is some background noise as Alan had to go to a pub to find the internet this week.

FOLLOW UP: VW REACHES AGREEMENT WITH NEW JERSEY

Volkswagen has agreed to pay $69 million to the State of New Jersey, to finally conclude the legal action with all the states in the US. To read more click the Autonews link here.

FOLLOW UP: AUDI RECALLING SOME A8 MODELS

Audi is recalling V8 4.2l diesel A8s built between September 2013 and August 2017, as there are concerns that these have emission manipulation software. The fix is a software-only solution. To read more click the Automotive News Europe link here.

FOLLOW UP: AUDI TO PRODUCE E-DIESEL

Audi has been working on creating an almost neutral CO2 diesel. Using renewably produced electricity, electrolysis and 'chemical synthesis' the diesel will be produced. To read more click the Top Gear link here.

FOLLOW UP: LCV GET IN ON THE SCRAPPAGE ACTION

Mercedes Vans has announced a scrappage scheme, which has prompted some to query if the automotive industry is panicking. That is probably a bit strong, however, if you are offering a scrappage scheme for environmental reasons then vans need to be included. To read more click the Motor1 link here.

TATA INVESTS IN FARADAY FUTURE, MAYBE

Tata has apparently invested $900 million into Faraday Future, although they are refusing to comment on the matter. Alan and Andrew are not convinced it is true and wonder how Faraday is worth the $9 billion it is claimed. To read more click the Autocar link here.

FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFLOADS SHARES IN RENAULT

President Macron, in a stunning move for a politician, keeps a promise and sells 4.7% of the shares the French Government owns in Renault. They remain the largest shareholder. To read more click the Motor1 link here

AUTOLIB CARS GETTING TRASHED

Autolib are experiencing issues with their fleet of cars, in Paris, that all ride-hailing, car sharing businesses need to consider, people do not treat the cars well. In this instance, homeless people are gaining access to the cars to sleep or use as a temporary home. But this brings up the issue that people will not treat these things with any respect. To read more click the LeParisianlink here. Note it is in French but some browsers will offer to translate. 

GARBAGE NEWS ITEM OF THE WEEK

Many outlets have reported that Uber is going to produce a flying car in 2020. This is of course nonsense. Alan clarifies that flying cars are a misnomer. Andrew tells people off for reporting this (and other recent claims by companies) without calling them out or even questioning the validity. To read more, and we really do not suggest you do, click the WIRED link here

GEELY BUYS A COMPANY

Geely has bought Terrafugia, a company that claims it has a flying car in development. To read more click the Geely link here.

RACE OF REMEMBRANCE

Andrew went to the Race of Remembrance, at the Anglesey International Circuit, and ended up in PT Sportscar garage for the race. Occasionally he was nearly useful to the team. To see the results click the TSL link here. Thank you to the Team of Car No.5 for putting up with Andrew. And to prove he did something @chrisratcliffe posted some pics he took, thank you Chris, you can see them by clicking the link here.

Congratulations to Mission Motorsport for holding such a fantastic event!

NEC CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Alan went to the NEC Classic Car show this weekend. He had a great time seeing the cars and meeting up with friends of the show. To see some of his brief highlights click the YouTube link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 10 UNLIKELY NEC STARS

Kieth Adams has produced a list of his 10 favourite cars from the show. To see click the CAR magazine link here.

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