Episode 210: Large in Tee Shirts - 9 October 2018

FOLLOW UP: FUTURE CO2 TARGETS

The EU has voted in new targets for emissions, with the fears of automakers being realised. Ministers have yet to finalise the exact nature of the targets for 2025 and 2030, but they will be much tighter than the industry hoped for. To read more click on the Motoring Research article here and then try the Automotive News Europe article here.

SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS

The new car registration figures for September have been released. As expected, after the introduction of WLTP at the start of September, the numbers are down. To read more click on the SMMT article here.

JLR CLOSING PLANT FOR TWO WEEKS

Jaguar Land Rover will close the Solihull for two weeks, later this month, as the decline in sales hits the company. Staff will continue to be paid, the company reiterated. Foreign sales are being impacted by the China trade issues and a new import duty seen as the main culprits in the drop. To read more click the Autocar article here.

TOYOTA RECALLING HYBRIDS

Toyota will be recalling 55,519 hybrid cars in the UK, which is part of 2.4 million across the world. There is an issue with software, where the car could mean the car does not enter a designated failsafe mode, associated with hybrid powertrains. This, in turn, could cause a power loss or even stalling, whilst other elements remain active. Affected cars are Auris, Prius and Prius+ cars built between October 2008 and November 2014. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LEVANDOWSKI STILL IN GOOGLE CROSS HAIRS

Even though the case between Google and Uber came to a rapid conclusion, with an out of court settlement, the search engine company is still after Levandowski and Lior Ron, for breaking their employment contract. To read more click The Register article here.

MAZDA’S ROTARY ENGINE RETURNS

Mazda is bringing back the rotary engine, this time as a range extender for their foray into hybrid vehicles. The range extender can also recharge the main power battery too. To read more click on the Mazda press release here.

DRIVE THRU DRIVERS AT RISK OF FINES

If you use your phone or smart watch to pay for a drive through meal or ticket at a toll booth you run the risk of receiving a fine and points on your license, the RAC has reminded. Touching your mobile while the engine is on can result in at £1000.00 fine. To read more click the RAC article here.

GOVERNMENT HELPING 10 COUNCILS

The Government is helping fund 10 councils with their attempts to improve the air quality in their regions. The funding will help alter traffic management systems, retrofit clean tech to older buses and campaigns to encourage people to change their behaviour and take action to reduce their impact on emissions. To read more click the Motor1UK article here.


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WRC RALLY GB: OGIER WINS DRAMATIC EVENT

Continuing the theme of attrition, that appears to be this seasons’ WRC, Ogier claimed the victory in Wales. Tanak, who had been leading for some time retired, following a damaged radiator. Neuville had earlier put himself out of contention with an error that saw him end up in a ditch. This sets up an exciting end to the season. To read more click the Autosport article here.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: RICE MOVES TO CHERY

Kevin Rice is moving to Chery, becoming their new design vice president. He left Mazda in August, declaring that he wanted to pursue his career away from the Japanese brand. Chery has announced it wants to launch in the European market. To read more click the Car Design News article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: DO NURBURGRING LAP TIMES MATTER?

Matt Prior asks, in an interesting Autocar opinion piece, if Nurburgring lap times matter. Click here to read this article.

LIST OF THE WEEK: WHAT CAR? USED CARS AWARDS 2019

To run through the lists of cars What Car? has chosen for the Used Car Awards 2019 click here.

AND FINALLY: SAAB’S HIDDEN MUSEUM

Click here to go through the Autocar slideshow on the hidden gems that are in the Saab museum.


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