Episode 92 : Sad Pasture - Toxicity Charge Date, Formula E result, Android App Weakness, PSA to buy Opel/Vauxhall

The chaps pile straight into some follow-up, with our ever present friend #Dieselgate starting us all off...

FOLLOW UP - DIRTY AUDI LAUNDRY AIRED

Former Audi head of powertrain development, Ulrich Weiß, has taken the company to court because he wants his job back. In doing so he has stated some pretty damning evidence against the company and CEO Rupert Stadler, in terms of when senior officials knew and what they did once they were aware. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW AND BOSCH SETTLEMENTS GET COURT APPROVAL

A preliminary settlement deal, for 3.0l diesel engines, has been reached between Volkswagen, Bosch and the court in the US. The final details and decision will be announced in May 2017. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW IN TROUBLE WITH UNIONS

After reaching an agreement with the unions over staffing levels of the dramatic cost cutting exercise Volkswagen is going through, there is now cries of foul play. The unions accuse VW of cutting further harder and faster. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - VW AT TRANSPORT COMMITTEE AGAIN

Paul Willis, head of Volkswagen in the UK, was in front of the Transport Committee once again. The Committee were less friendly, Mr. Willis was less contrite. Mr. Willis was, bravely, accused of lying after he left. As is happening more with the scandal we do not know who to believe. To read more click here

FOLLOW UP - TOXICITY CHARGE DATE

Transport for London has announced a date when the 'Toxicity Charge' will be introduced to the same area as the Congestion Charge. There is some confusion to exactly which vehicles are covered and how much they need to pay thanks to the poor TfL website. To read more from TfL click here. Sadiq Kahn was on TV over the weekend to discuss it and admitted that a Paris style ban of cars could be brought in too. Andrew and Alan expressed their disappointment in this tax of the poor due to it being the only thing they're doing regarding private cars. To read more click here

FORMULA E RESULTS

Formula E was in Buenos Aires last weekend. Another great display of close and exciting racing with Sebastian Buemi won, with Jean-Eric Vergne in second and Lucas di Grassi in third - who also was punished for an unsafe exit from the pits. To read more click here and click here.

In more good news for Formula E, additional manufacturers are asking to join the line of the 2018/19. To read more click here

CHARLES MAKES UP WITH MORGAN

In good news, Charles Morgan has reached an agreement with the Morgan company, and will once again be part of organisation. The show is a big fan of Charles on Twitter, so is happy that this unseemly episode has now been ended. To read more click here.

ANDROID SECURITY WEAKNESS

Kaspersky, the cyber security company, have released information that there are basic security weaknesses in seven Android car apps. At this time they have not named the actual apps, which the chaps hope is because this will get the positive reaction from the manufacturers so that this is taken seriously! To read more click here.

The recommended book of the week is Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. Learn how and why we behave in the ways we do when behind the wheel.

POTHOLE SPOTTING BY FORD

Ford announced how they have been developing a detection system for potholes on the roads. The chaps presume they are beefing up their cloud storage so that it can run well in the UK. This is disappointing that car manufacturers are having to develop this, rather than the highways and council departments. To read more click here.

PSA TO BUY OPEL/VAUXHALL

The news item of the week is that PSA is in advanced talks to buy Opel/Vauxhall. There is a lengthy discussion between Alan and Andrew where they try, and fail, to understand why PSA would want to do this. There are many articles worth reading, in regards to this item.

SniffPetrol's take - click here

Analysis by Bertrand Rakoto of the deal - click here

EllsemerePort safe until 2021 plus analysis from Autocar - click here 

If anyone can explain to Andrew and Alan why this makes sense and ideas for how this will be a success please do get in touch!

LIST OF THE WEEK - 39 CARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Autocar has published a list of 39 cars, they claim, have changed the world. The chaps do not agree with the entire list, but it makes interesting reading. To read more click here.

AMAZING CAR COLLECTION

Alan spotted this article from Jalopnik, which is about the most amazing car collection. Click here to see some stunning cars and in stunning numbers!

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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