This week seems filled with news. Maybe it isn't but the chaps will happily witter on about stuff, so let's get straight into it with a small amount of #Dieselgate Follow Up!
FOLLOW UP - GOOGLE KILLS THE KOALA
Google has announced that they are focusing on the technology to allow autonomous driving rather than a car as well. So their little bubble car, named Firefly officially, but Koala to most of us. They will now be adding their tech to existing vehicles to further their work. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.
FOLLOW UP - PORSCHE UNDER INVESTIGATION
Following last week’s revelation that Audi A7 and A8s were under investigation for manipulating their NOx emissions, Porsche is not being looked at. This isn’t as much of a surprise when you realise it’s the same engine. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP - OPEL CEO STEPS DOWN
Karl-Thomas Neumann has stood down as CEO of Opel/Vauxhall. He will remain part of the management board, with Michael Lhscheller taking over. Neumann will then take time deciding what he does next following the take-over. To read the Autocar article click here.
HAMMOND ESCAPES HILLCLIMB CRASH
For those living under a rock, Richard Hammond crashed whilst taking part in a hillclimb, managing to exit the damaged Rimac Concept One car before it caught fire. He has fractured his knee and he was flown to a hospital. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
NISSAN SELLS 20,000TH LEAF IN UK
Congratulations to Nissan on selling it’s 20,000th Leaf, in the UK. That is quite an achievement. All of which will help Alan with his outrageous claim for alternative fuelled vehicles to hit 10% of new car registrations for the year! To read more click the Motor1 article here.
NEW PORSCHE UNVEILED VIA FORZA MOTORSPORT
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS was unveiled as part of the reveal for the new Forza Motorsport game, at E3. This was the world unveiling. For a game. This demonstrates the power of gaming and how Porsche are now going for brand awareness, following their tie-in with EA games ending. Also, this shows how rubbish EA was at taking advantage of the brand! To read more click the EVO article here.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER INVEST IN LYFT
JLR has invested £19m in Lyft, the ride-sharing service. This partnership is intended to help them develop future technology, including autonomous driving tech. To read more click the Independent article here.
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FORMULA E DOUBLE HEADER
Last weekend saw two races at Berlin, with the first win for Mahindra Racing and Rosenqvist. This was followed up on Sunday with Buena being awarded the win after Rosenqvist was penalised for an unsafe release in the pits. To read more click the Autosport articles here and here.
RALLY OF ITALY RESULTS
After another grueling rally, Tanak wins for the first time for the M-Sport Rally Team. Toyota with Latvala was second and Neuville for Hyundai third. To read about the rally results click the Autosport article here.
Ogier remains in the overall lead of the championship, with Neuville, Tanak, and Latvala following.
Following another bad weekend, Meeke has been dropped for the Portuguese rally. To read more about this click the Autosport article here.
DESIGNER’S MOOD BOARD - MELVILLE HEAD OF DESIGN FOR MCLAREN
Rob Melville has been promoted to replace Frank Stephenson as design director at McLaren. To read more click the Automotive News article here.
LIST OF THE WEEK - BEST AND WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE
JD Power has published their annual Customer Service Index. All 22 carmakers are listed in order of worst performing to best. To read the full list click the Motoring Research article here.
LIST OF THE WEEK - SUPPLEMENTAL
Thank you to Ian Wright, from Both Hand Drive, for providing this list, following Andrew complaining about a particularly poor list on Twitter. Click here to read a list of the cars always in car lists.
Here is the link to the Both Hand Drive episode Alan was on recently, it's a good one, so go listen.
AND FINALLY - SPOTTER GUIDE TO THE 2017 LE MANS
Andy Blackmore has once again produced a Spotter Guide to the 2017 Dunlop Le Mans race. To find out what livery is on which car click the link to the site here.
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