Episode 121 : Being a Chancer - #Dieselgate, Crowdfunding an OX, Driving down IQs, Festival of the Unexceptional

This week there is a lot of Follow Up, mostly of the not good variety but there is one positive item!

FOLLOW UP - #DIESELGATE - AUDI "VOLUNTARY' RECALL

Following, hot on the heels of Mercedes, has announced a "voluntary" recall 850,000 of their V6 and V8 diesel engines, worldwide. The tweak will improve the real-world emissions. This is all the result of a meeting with German regulators. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - DEREGISTER OF UNFIXED GERMAN #DIESELGATE ENGINES THREAT

The German motor vehicle regulator, the KBA, has threatened to deregister cars that have not undergone the fix that addresses the amount of NOx emitted. In Germany, this was declared mandatory as it was a safety recall, unlike in the UK. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - VW REBUTT TFL'S CLAIM OF EXTRA £2.5M CONGESTION CHARGE

THe Mayor of London, via Transport for London, has sent Volkswagen a bill for an extra £2.5 million, he claims is owed due to their cars being falsely banded. VW refute this, as even after the 'fix' their cars do not change band and therefore are still at the same rate on the congestion charge as before. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP - GERMAN CAR CARTEL IS ALLEGED

Reports started coming out of Germany, last Friday, that the VW Group, BMW and Mercedes had created a cartel. This cartel is accused of a wide range of issues including price fixing, supplier prices, AdBlue tank sizes and eventually allowing emission cheating to occur. To read more click the Autocar article here.

Andrew has had enough now. He is jolly cross about what #Dieselgate is doing to the industry and the people who work in it. The general public now has very little confidence in the industry and the people who work in it. That is unacceptable.

FOLLOW UP - CROWDFUNDING TOUR OF UK BY THE OX TRUCK

The OX flat-pack truck is touring the UK, to help raise funds so that further development can take place. The chaps are massive fans of this vehicle and what it is trying to achieve. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP - CONSULTATION ON MAYOR OF LONDON'S TRANSPORT STRATEGY

The Mayor of London has opened an online consultation to his transport strategy. Here is your chance to have your voice heard. To read about it all and take party click the Transport for London link here.

MOTORING JOURNALISTS IQ LEVELS EXPLAINED

A study has been released that appears to indicate that driving for more than two hours a day can affect your IQ level. Friends of the show please take note! To read more click the Independent article here.

SEVERN TOLL TO BE SCRAPPED

At the end of 2018, the tolls for getting across the Severn River, into Wales, is going to be scrapped. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MERCEDES TO LEAVE DTM FOR FORMULA E

Mercedes has announced that it will leave DTM and move to Formula E for Season 6. To read more, click the Autosport article here.

CITYMAPPER OPENS A BUS ROUTE

Following a brief experiment of running a bus and analysing data that users of their app have provided, Citymapper has received the license to run a bus route in London. The route has been decided upon to meet users needs, much more closely than historic bus routes which have been in place for some time. To read more click the WIRED article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - BELLES VOITURES

Telegraph Cars have released a list of the 10 best looking French cars of the 20th century. There are some contentious inclusions and omissions. But it is always fun to look at a list of French classics! To see the list click the article here

AND FINALLY...FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL

Over the weekend the Festival of the Unexceptional was held at Stowe House. Alan was there too! There was a glorious collection of the workhorse cars of yesterday. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

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