For the first recording of the show, the chaps have a small amount of follow up to kick the new year off with.
FOLLOW UP - FCA DIESEL EMISSION SETTLEMENT TALKS
In May 2017 FCA was accused of using software to affect the emissions of 104,000 vehicles, in the US. Talks were underway, at the end of last year, to bring legal proceedings to a close. To read more click the Reuters article here.
FOLLOW UP - GM AND DRIVERLESS CAR LIABILITY IN CALIFORNIA
Mitch Turck reached out to the show to point out that we had only discussed the issue of GM asking for liability to be removed from the rules of testing driverless cars on Californian roads. He also, kindly, pointed out exactly what GM had asked for and what that meant. To read Mitch's twitter stream click the link here. To read the proposed amended wording click the link here.
FOLLOW UP - MORE VAUXHALL JOB LOSSES
In a move that surprises no one, Vauxhall announced that a further 250 jobs are to go at their Ellesmere Port plant. To read the BBC News article click here.
DECEMBER AND 2017 NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES
Whilst December has been almost universally not good, overall 2017 wasn't as bad as the last few months indicated for most manufacturers. To read more click the SMMT link here.
To read the interesting article, from Professor David Bailey, on how the market 2018 could well look click here.
KENICHI YAMAMOTO HAS DIED
Kenichi Yamamoto, the designer of the rotary engine, has passed away, aged 95. To read about his life and achievements click the Road and Track article here.
REMOTE PARKING A STEP CLOSER
The Department of Transport has released a consultation about allowing remote parking of cars and relaxing rules on motorway assisting technology. To read more click the Motoring Research article here. To access the consultation click the link here.
FORMULA E IN MARRAKESH
Formula E returns to TV screens this weekend, with the race series moving to Marrakesh. There has been some disappointing news for Dragon Racing, as they've agreed to part ways with Neel Jani, as the hoped tie-in with Porsche has not taken place. To read more click the Autosport article here.
In a step opposite to most racing series, Formula E has announced their costings, which are aimed at making it sustainable and accessible to independent teams, not just those with manufacturer backing. To read more about this click the Autosport article here.
NATHALIE MCGLOIN PRESIDENT OF FIA DISABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY COMMISSION
Nathalie McGloin has been revealed as the President of FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission. This is wonderful news and we at the podcast send our heartfelt congratulations to Nathalie. To read more click her article here.
HISTORY OF ROAD TAX IN THE UK
Andy Masson, a former guest on Rear View, has written an excellent and thorough piece on the history of UK road tax leading up to the changes in the VED rates, back in April 2017. We strongly recommend you read this as it is very well written and researched. To read the post click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: 50 MUST VISIT EVENTS OF 2018
Andrew Brady has compiled a large list of the highlights in 2018 for the petrolheads. To run through the Motoring Research list click here.
AND FINALLY: GM TO ADD PODCASTS TO CARS
Radio and Internet News has reported that General Motors is proposing to install podcasts from eight selected partners on to some of their cars. Neither the full list of partners nor the cars to receive this gift are known. However, the chaps like that more people will get exposed to podcasts, but don't like 'partnering' element. To read more click the link here.
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