Episode 115 : Ducking Stupid - #Dieselgate, Levandowski's Contract, Great British Women 2017

After last week’s lack of #Dieselgate, it is back! Woohoo!

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE

Volkswagen has stopped two court proceedings, in Germany, early by agreeing to compensate owners in Arnsberg and Bayreuth. To read more click the Autocar article here.

VW is claiming these are exceptions and they maintain their stance that they’ve broken no laws in the EU so they don’t need to pay compensation in the EU. Volkswagen has also agreed to extend warranties for two years to EU owners though. To read more click the Motor1 article here.

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, former development head of VW, has been told if he will be arrested if he visits the US. There is an international arrest warrant out for him. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

The German Government is making moves to restore customer confidence in the motor industry by looking at developing a plan to cut national pollution. Ideas include a new test organisation, stricter diesel emission standards and creating a ‘diesel forum’. To read more click the Reuters article here.

The effect of #Dieselgate is now being felt by all of the industry as sales have weakened and new investigation shows many considering avoiding diesel for the next purchase. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - LEVANDOWSKI’S CONTRACT WITH UBER

In the latest information, from the Way v Uber case, we have learned that Levandowski’s contract included coverage of legal costs for previous “bad acts”. To read more click the Washington Post article here.

The news that Kalanick has left his position as CEO of Uber, was released last week. Interestingly it was some of the angle investors who forced this move, due to their power. To read more click the Car and Driver article here.

STRESSFUL CAR HORNS

Research in South Korea has indicated that the traditional car horn is too stressful and that we may need to change the sound. Amazingly a duck’s quack is seen as the right balance between attention-grabbing and low-stress. To read a pun-tastic article click the motoring Research article here.

ELECTRIC BATTERY PRODUCTION

Investigation into the cost of producing batteries for electric cars has been compared to internal combustion engined (ICE) vehicles. Tesla and Nissan Leaf batteries were used in the comparison. But the Tesla 100kWh battery was equivalent to eight years of driving an ICE before the levels of CO2 matched those emitted in producing the battery. To read more click the Principia Scientific International article here.

LYFT INVENTS A BUS

Left has announced their new shuttle service, which, when you wade through the marketing language is basically a bus. After mocking the style of passing on the information the chaps do discuss how it is actually something that will be needed, even after the AV utopia is with us. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

WRC POLAND THIS WEEK

Quick reminder that the Polish round of the World Rally Championship is being held this week.

CIRCUIT OF WALES FUNDING REJECTED

The Welsh Government has rejected the call for funding of the Circuit of Wales venue, following their due diligence. To read more click the Autosport article here.

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Alan will be Goodwood this Thursday, so do say ‘Hi” if you see a sad, lonely, lost-looking man. Just to clarify, Andrew isn’t jealous either. Not at all.

To help Alan on his first visit, Andrew has found Carwitter’s Survival Guide, which you can read by clicking here.

LAST WEEK’S LIST OF THE WEEK

Alan tries to convince Andrew that the Proton, in last week’s List of the Week is in fact excellent. Andrew is not convinced.

LIST OF THE WEEK - GREAT BRITISH WOMEN 2017

For the second year running, Autocar and SMMT have joined forces to help celebrate the women who are part of the motoring industry in this country. To read the list click the Autocar article here.

For the video and more information about Amy Rimmer, the overall winner click the Autocar article here.

AND FINALLY - ALFA ROMEO MUSEUM

Tim Pitt from Motoring Research visited the Alfa Romeo museum near Milan, click here for the article that includes some wonderful cars.

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