Episode 212: Produces Unicorns - 16 October 2018

FOLLOW UP: GOVERNMENT PULLS PLUG-IN GRANT

The Government, just a few weeks after announcing it’s Road to Zero roadmap, has declared it is removing the grant for plug-in hybrid cars, unless they emit less than 50g/km AND have a range over 70 miles for electric only running. Oh, and they are doing this on 9 November 2018. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

More information on this subject can be found by clicking the links below;

Fleet needs are not being met

Government extension of grant into next decade

Details of changes to grants from 9 November 2018

FOLLOW UP: AUDI ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY

Audi has been fined €800 million after admitting to “deviations from regulatory requirements” to Munich prosecutors. This follows a €1 billion fine imposed on VW Group by Brunswick prosecutors, in June. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: OPEL RAIDED

Opel were raided by prosecutors following the discovery of a fifth software device earlier this year, which the German Transport Ministry, KBA, has found to be illegal. Opel continue to stress that their vehicle meet the applicable regulations and rejects accusations of illegal defeat devices. KBA is now looking at whether a recall of up to 100,000 vehicles is required. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

BREXIT IN FOCUS

The UK car industry has felt compelled to wade in on the possible Brexit options as negotiations continue between the UK and EU. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has created an information package to help firms if there is a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit. Ford’s European boss, is the latest from a manufacturer, who has explained how serious a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit would be to his company. To read more about the SMMT package click the Autocar article here. To read what Steven Armstrong had to say click the Autocar article here.

FORD GT RECALLED

The Ford GT is being recalled due to the risk of fire, as a suspected result of a hydraulic system leak, for the rear spoiler and suspension. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

CHINA SALES SLUMP

Sales in China fell 11.6% in September, a third consecutive month with decline. The slow down in the economy is the blame for this. However, no longer can China be seen as the cash rich market it once was. To read more click the BBC News article here.

ELECTRIC MORGAN 3 WHEELER CANNED

Morgan has announced that the EV3, an electric 3 wheeler, has been shelved. Morgan put the blame on their supplier Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, who said there were a number of contractual issues. To read more click the Autocar article here.

BLOODHOUND PROJECT NEEDS CASH INJECTION

The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle project has announced it requires £25 million funding to complete the build and break the 1,000mph target. The administrators are talking to potential interested parties, but if funding isn’t found it will be wound up in the next few weeks. To read more click the BBC News article here and the Bloodhound press release here.


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FORMULA E: TEAMS ALL BUT DECIDED

Formula E testing is underway in Valencia, and all but one seat has been confirmed across all the teams. To see the drivers click on the Formula E Drivers Standing list here.

WRC RALLY: MEEKE TO RETURN

After the recent speculation on the show, Kris Meeke is confirmed as a Toyota driver for 2019. We will get to see if the problems at Citroën were down to him or the car. Meeke has a seat because Lappi is moving to Citroën. To read more click the Autosport article here.

MAZDA ANNOUNCE NEW EUROPEAN R&D VP

Hajime Seikaku is the new Vice President of Mazda’s European Research and Development Center. He started on 1 October. To read more click on the Mazda press release here.

LUNCHTIME READ: COMMERCIAL VIABILITY PARADOX

Friend of the show, Nir Kahn has written an article about investment into R&D and development costs. This gives us an insight into what companies must accept and balance when pushing forward with new technology. To read more, as we strongly suggest you do, click on the LinkedIn link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: ULTIMATE GT CARS

Jonny Edge, previous Rear View guest and one third of Smooth Traffic, has given us a list of the best GT cars from each decade. To run through the list click the Influx article here.

AND FINALLY: REBUILDING THE MAZDA 787B

Mazda has released a video showing how they’ve rebuilt the Mazda 787B Le Mans winning car. This shows from within the factory to firing it up. What a glorious thing to do, well done Mazda. Click on the Goodwood Road and Racing link here.


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