Episode 149: Andy Murray Rules - Ex Employee jailed, New 3.0l diesel engine issue for VW, McLaren reveals the Senna, AVs still liable in an accident, Tesla shooting brake, Giugiaro wedges

Due to Christmas parties and the continued run on car launches, this is a shorter than usual episode. However, we can, it seems, always rely on #Dieselgate for some news items!

FOLLOW UP - BOOK THROWN AT EX VW EMPLOYEE

Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to the maximum seven years in prison and fined $400,000, for his part in deceiving US authorities over Volkswagen's defeat devices, on their engines. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

FOLLOW UP - MORE 3.0L DIESEL ENGINE ISSUES

The German transport authority has discovered another issue with VW's 3.0l diesel engines, which has the optional selective catalytic reduction system fitted. Nearly 58,000 vehicles are reported to be affected. To read more click the Autocar article here

MCLAREN REVEAL THE SENNA

McLaren has revealed the Senna, a track-focused road-legal hypercar halo model, or whatever we've all decided what the new category for such cars will be. To read more click the Motoring Research article here

CALIFORNIA REFUSES TO LIMIT MANUFACTURER LIABILITY FOR AV TEST CARS

The Californian Department of Motor Vehicles has refused a request, by General Motors, to limit the liability a manufacturer is liable for if the vehicles aren't maintained to industry written-specific standards. To read more about what GM was hoping to avoid click the Gizmodo article here and for the Associated Press article click here

TESLA SHOOTING BRAKE

Dutch-born designer Niels van Roij has revealed a shooting brake version of Tesla's Model S. This looks like a cracking piece of design from the renders. This is not the one that Fully Charged has visited, which is contrary to what the chaps mentioned during the show - that is Qwest version. Sorry for the incorrectness! To read more click the Autocar article here and to see other examples of Niels's work click his portfolio here.

DEMONISING DIESEL IS DUMB

Matt Prior has written an excellent article about how the issues over diesel are, in fact, more complicated that is being portrayed in the press and by politicians. To read more about this, which we thoroughly recommend you do, click the Autocar article here.

STARTECH FIXES THE DISCOVERY

German tuner Startech has sorted the rear number plate of the latest Discovery Discovery. They have an insert for that puts the numberplate in the middle of the rear door. To read about that click the Top Gear article here.

To read about the Gerry McGovern interview that Alan talked about click The Drive article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 5 FAVOURITE GIUGIARO WEDGES

Alan talks Andrew through Petrolicious's list of their favourite Giugiaro wedges, as he's not that educated when it comes to car designers. To view and enjoy the list click here

BANGLE'S NEW CAR

Chris Bangle revealed his first car design, for many years, at the Detroit Motor Show. The chaps talk through the design and ideas behind it. Andrew asks if this wasn't by Bangle would we have spent any time talking about it. To see more click the Jalopnik article here.

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