Episode 220: Rare Serious Moment - 20 November 2018

GHOSN ARRESTED

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has been arrested in Japan, following claims he and Greg Kelly (HR Director) have been involved in “significants acts of misconduct”. Reports claim that Ghosn has underreported his salary to the tune of £34 million over five years, as one example of the “numerous” acts. To read more click on the Autocar article here. Also we are linking to Nissan’s own statement here. To read the Daily Kanban article Alan mentioned click here.

MICHELIN TO CLOSE DUNDEE PLANT

Michelin has announced they will close their Dundee factory in mid-2020. They have decided that the factory is “unsuitable” in the current climate. To read more click the BBC News article here.

AMAZON PRIME TEST DRIVES FOR ALFA ROMEO

Amazon Prime members can, for a short while, organise a test drive of the Stelvio, if they live in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. The idea is to allow potential customers use the car in their familiar surroundings, giving it a test of their normal driving requirements. To read more click the FleetWorld article here.

£57 MILLION SPENT ON FAILED DRIVING TESTS

Around 54% of people failed their driving test last year, according to data from The AA Driving School. Some clever maths has been undertaken (not by us!) and that equates to roughly £57 million in test fees. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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WRC AUSTRALIA RESULTS

Ogier has won his sixth World Rally Championship title. Tanak and Neuville crashed, handing the title to Ogier, with Jari-Matti Latvala winning the event. The results of the weekend also mean that Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed the manufacturers title. To read more click the Autosport article here.

FORMULA E: TESTING IN SAUDI ARABIA

Following the upcoming Ad Diriyah race Formula E will be staying a bit longer so that testing can be undertaken by the teams. Extra slots will be handed to the teams that use a female driver, as well as the regular drivers. The race promoter has requested this be organised. Only Audi and Jaguar are not running a double car entry. To read more click the Autosport article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: MY £100 CAR IS THE BEST THING I’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Friend of the show, Gavin Braithewaite-Smith, discusses his £100 Laguna. We strongly recommend you read this, as this is an exploration into how cars can mean so much more than the amalgamation of metal and plastic might suggest, Click here for the link.

AND FINALLY: DRIVEN - THE BILLY MONGER STORY

The BBC iPlayer has an excellent documentary about Billy Monger, which was shown on BBC2, at 21:00 on Monday 19 November 2018. This tells his story and gives us a glimpse at a truly remarkable human being. To watch click the link here.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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