Episode 148 : Polishing it - Ex VW Employee turns, PSA wants money off Opel/Vauxhall, New Car Registrations, #Autoadvent returns

Alas, #Dieselgate rears it’s ugly head in an, erm, ugly manner in this week’s Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP: EX EMPLOYEE FEELS MISUSED BY VW

In his plea letter to Judge Sean Cox, Oliver Schmidt, who pleaded guilty to his connection with the Volkswagen emission scandal, says he felt ‘misused’ by the company. He claims he was coached in what to say, in avoiding admitting there was anything wrong when discussing the matter with US authorities. To read more about the latest revelation click the Reuters article here.

FOLLOW UP: PSA WANT HALF BACK FOR OPEL/VAUXHALL

The PSA Group is looking for about half of the agreed fee for Opel/Vauxhall back from GM as they think they weren’t told the full story on emission levels and technology. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES NOVEMBER 2017

For the eighth consecutive month the number of registrations fell. This time by 11.2%! Diesel, in particular, was heavily hit with a 30.6% drop, whilst Alternative Fuelled Vehicles rose 33.1%. To read more and look at the charts click the SMMT article here.

UBER ASKED WHY HACK WAS HUSHED UP

In the US, Congress wants to know why Uber kept the hack of user’s information quiet. 57 million accounts were compromised and this includes approximately 2.7 million UK users. To read more click the Automotive News article here. We want to remind you to change your password though, do it via the app or your account but never via an email claiming to be from Uber.

WLTP REDUCES MPGS

From the beginning of September, this year manufacturers have been required to test new vehicles under Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). Yet it is mandatory from September 2018 (whatever the difference in that is!). This is a more realistic test, whilst remaining under laboratory conditions. Funnily enough, CO2 figures have risen and fuel economy has dropped. One example of the new VW Up GTI. To read about the changes click the article here.

AUTOMAKER PLEDGE ETHICAL MINERAL SOURCING

Leading car makers have pledged to follow ethical and socially responsible standards for purchasing minerals required in making electrified vehicles. To read more click the Reuters article here.

WE WON A THING

Some of you may be aware that, last Thursday evening, we were awarded the Motoring Research Breakthrough Award at the Guild of Motoring Writers Annual Dinner and Awards.

There is fuller thanks from us on our blog section, to read that click the link here. Suffice to say we thank all of you who have supported us along the way, whether that is listening, chatting, meeting us, becoming a Patreon, inviting us to events or loaning us cars. Without all of that help, we would not be where we are today.

To see what we have won click the Motoring Research article here.

FORMULA E IS BACK

Formula E marked it’s return with two exciting and unpredictable races, from Hong Kong. To read more click the Formula E article for Race 1  here and for Race 2 here. Also, to read about Audi not appealing click the Autosport article here.

THE GRAND TOUR IS BACK

In case you missed the excellent trailers, The Grand Tour returns to Amazon this week. To get an idea of what the series will have click here for the Motoring Research article.

 LIST OF THE WEEK - NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS 2017

It is that time of year, where awards are dished out to nearly anyone! However, with the increase in alternatively fuelled vehicles, the Next Green Car Awards are quite an important one. To read the list of winners click here.

AND FINALLY - #AUTOADVENT IS BACK FOR 2017

We are delighted to see @mrjaydeeem has brought back #Autoadvent for 2017. To play along at home both follow @mrjaydeeem and the hashtag #Autoadvent.

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