Episode 98 : Razzia-ed - Audi raided, Renault in trouble, Zenos bought, Toyota invests £240m, Uber crash facts, Formula E in Mexico

The chaps start the show with some follow-up, not all of it bad either!

FOLLOW UP - AUDI RAIDED

Audi offices and senior Volkswagen employees were raided on the same day as their annual press conference. Audi said they were cooperating with prosecutors. To read more click here. Bertel Schmitt, whose articles Andrew and Alan have referred to in the past came out with an interesting piece, which those still interested in #Dieselgate may want to check out. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - RENAULT IN TROUBLE

A French government agency has accused Renault of cheating emission tests for over twenty years! The chaps do not need to remind anyone that for them to do so must mean they have some compelling evidence. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - REMINDER VOTE IN AUTOCAR’S READERS’ CHAMPION AWARD

Having previously mentioned Autocar’s Readers’ Champion list of cars, this is a quick reminder that the vote closes this week, so click on the link here to make your opinion count! The result will be announced on 23 May at their annual awards ceremony.

FOLLOW UP - LAZIROUS ZENOS

You will recall that the chaps sadly mentioned the end of Zenos Cars, but it looks as though that is all set for change. A consortium, including backers of AC Cars, have stepped in and bought the assets. To read more click here.

TOYOTA INVESTS IN BURNASTON PLANT

The Burnaston Toyota plant will get a £240 million pound investment, to enable it to build cars from their global architecture. To read more click here.

PSA TO BUY PROTON?

Geely has pulled out of buying Proton, and therefore Lotus. Geely stated that Proton management was too indecisive during negotiations. This leaves PSA as the only other option, at this time. To read more click here.

UBER CRASH NOT ALL IT WAS REPORTED

In the continuing car crash (sorry, not sorry) that is Uber’s recent PR, one of their self-driving Volvo’s was involved in a traffic accident in Arizona. The press was quick to leap on this, but most forgot to mention it was the fault of another vehicle, that was driven by one of those dangerous and pesky humans! To read more click here.

BUGATTI CHIRON

The show does not often single out a car for special mention unless the chaps have driven it, however, the Bugatti Chiron has caused them to bend that rule. To read more click here.

ØSTBERG OUT OF CORSICA

Mads Østberg will not be racing in Corsica in the WRC. Lack of testing in a suitable car is the reason given. He does not believe he will be able to push for the win as he won’t get a chance to practice with a car that has the correct suspension. That would make it a bit trickier. The rally will take place between 6 - 9 April. To read more click here.

FORMULA E IN MEXICO

The next round of Formula E takes place this weekend in Mexico City. As ever, when we get confirmation of TV listings we will tweet them out. In more good news, Formula E announced nine manufacturers who have been accepted until 2021. These include DS, BMW and Mahindra. To read more click here.

The track layout for the double-header weekend in Berlin has been announced. To read more click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 20 EMBARRASSING PUBLICITY SHOTS

Another cracking list from Gavin Braithwaite-Smith, this time excruciating publicity photos for cars. To see them all, in the cringeworthy glory click here.

AIR PURIFYING BILLBOARD

Toyota Muria billboards, in California, will act as air purifiers. These will be coated with titanium dioxide coated vinyl which will act similarly to a catalytic converter. By using sunlight, wind, and humidity the coating will remove nitrogen from nitrogen dioxide and leave the oxygen. 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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