This week there is Follow Up, but worry ye not, for it is good. Initially.
GEELY SNAPS UP PROTON AND LOTUS
After seemingly ruling themselves out of the race for Proton, Geely now own Proton and Lotus. PSA seemed the only bidder in a one-horse race, so this news came as a surprise to everyone. To read more and cheer for Lotus click Car’s article here.
#DIESELGATE CODE FOUND
Researchers have finally found the software code that allowed Volkswagen to perpetrate the deception with their diesel engines have been identified. The story gets murkier as the Fiat 500X was tested because it used the same Bosch control unit as VW and Audi. The code isn’t called the same but it does control how long NOx emissions are regulated. To read more about the “acoustic control” code and the lengths that had to be gone too, in order to establish it click the Ars Technica article here.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION INVESTIGATES JLR SLOVAKIAN DEAL
The European Commission is investigating the grant and loans issued to Jaguar Land Rover to help them open their new plant. This is in order to make sure these payments don’t step into subsidy areas. The EC is worried that a ‘subsidy races’ will open up. Investigations will also check that things like the land deal don’t contravene their rules. To read more click here for the Autocar article.
ECOTRICITY CHANGES MOTORWAY CHARGING COSTS
Ecotricity is going to change their charging rate at motorway services. Soon you will have to pay a £3.00 connection fee and then be charged at £0.17 per unit thereafter. There will still be the 45-minute time limit. They state that this change is coming in as they’ve monitored usage and are adapting to fit better with customers use. To read more click here for the Motoring Research article.
ENGINE DOWNSIZING TO END
Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's brand boss, has confirmed what others manufacturers had stated, that to meet tighter emission limits they will need to go back to larger engines and away from downsizing. This backs Mazda’s approach as they haven’t gone down this route and have never released a diesel engine in the US. To read more click the Autocar article here.
INNOVATIVE ENGINE VALVE DEVELOPMENT
Talking of engines, there is a company in the UK who have revealed, via an article in Autocar, their incredibly clever engine valve system. This is an electronic control system, which can adjust to run in such a flexible manner that diesel-like performance will come from petrol engines. The show is a big fan of clever engineering and this is right up there! To read more and see the video click the article here.
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This weekend, June 3 and 4, is Coventry MotoFest. The show will be attending, which looks once again to be a cracking event. If you are going and wish to meet up with the chaps please do get in touch with them, via Twitter, as they’d love the say hello and talk all things motoring! To read more about the event click here for the details from the official site.
FRIEND OF THE SHOW UPDATE
Ian Seabrook’s fleet updates have been absent from this show for far too long. Well, this is now rectified! We have included links to only three of his videos so for Fleet Update No. 1 click here, for Fleet Update No. 2 click here and for his Bluebird vid click here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: GREATEST HOT RENAULTS
AND FINALLY - ONE-OFF COACHBUILT ROLLS-ROYCE
Rolls-Royce unveiled a ‘sweptail' coach built customer collaboration at the weekend. Whether you like the styling or not marvel in the wonderful effort and project this has been to bring this to life. To listen to the Rear View episode with James Warren click here. To read more about this fascinating car click the Top Gear article 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.