Episode 96 : Excited - #Dieselgate, Spring 2017 Budget, Naughty Touchscreens, Geneva Motor Show Summary, #RedditchClassics Next Meet

This week #Dieselgate makes a return to the Follow Up.

FOLLOW UP - VW ADMITS GUILT

Last week, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US. Their lawyer stated they pleaded guilty because they were. This sounded like a change in tact and language from VW. To read more click here

FOLLOW UP - VW THREATENS EUROPEAN OWNERS

In a move that seems at odds with Volkswagen's change to a more apologetic and contrite stance, they have threatened European owners. Some owners have stated that their car, following the 'fix', has less power and poorer fuel economy. VW are adamant that the fix doesn't affect the cars negatively. To read more click here.

JOHN SURTEES PASSES AWAY

The sad news was announced, that John Surtees CBE, died last week. Of course, he was famous for being the only person to be champion, in both F1 and motorcycle world championship. To read more about John Surtees click here.

SPRING 2017 BUDGET

In the UK, we are lucky to be getting two Budgets this year. The first was announced last week and there was a little bit that car owners need to pay attention to. Fuel Duty will remain frozen again. £650 million is pledged to improve local transport networks. Money is being provided for autonomous and connected vehicle research. There is no mention of a diesel scrappage scheme, but the chaps fully expect the anti-diesel wave to hit in the autumn announcement. To read more click here.

ADVERTISING REGULATOR SAYS NO TO TOUCH SCREENS

The Advertising Regulator has told Jaguar off for focusing on their touch screen technology whilst the car is being driven. Andrew is struck by the fact that this has not been raised by automotive safety organisations. Whilst a touch screen has the inherent issue of requiring the user to look at it to make sure the correct portion is being touched. Also, the need to look away from the road is not good. To read more click here.

GENEVA MOTOR SHOW SUMMARY

Alan was at Geneva at the weekend, so keep an eye out the podcast's Instagram for some of his many, many, many pics. The chaps have a brief run down of some of the highlights however, there will be a Special Edition coming out soon which discusses it more in depth. To read more click here.

NISSAN CHIEF DESIGNER TO RETIRE

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief designer, announced his intention to retire. He will be replaced by Alfonso Albaisa, who head's up Infiniti's design. Karim Habib, ex-BMW, will fill the vacant slot at Infiniti. To read more click here.

MEEK WINS RALLY MEXICO

After two rounds of bad luck, Meek used a lot of the good variety up in winning the Rally Mexico. In another incredibly exciting event, that TV covered wonderfully, we were kept gripped right up to the finish. Thierry Neuville also finished a rally for the first time this year, ending up third. Another race, another different winning car. To read more click here.

FORMULA E DOUBLE-HEADER IN BERLIN

After the Belgium race was canceled organisers have been working on ensuring there are 12 races this season. Berlin will now host a double-header weekend. To read more click here

COFFEE AND CARS SEASON OPENER

Great Escape Cars announced the opening of the Coffee and Cars season, for this year. On 26 March their first event will be held at their site in Redditch. To read more click here.

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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