Episode 222: Going to finish this point - 27 November 2018

FOLLOW UP: VW SEATBELT RECALL

Volkswagen will recall around 75,000 Polo, Ibiza and Arona cars, following investigation into an issue that could cause the rear centre seatbelt to open accidentally. VW continued to sell the vehicles whilst a solution was developed. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP: CARLOS GHOSN FALL-OUT

In the week following the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, there have been many ‘thought-pieces’ written, with plenty echoing our thoughts on how odd this whole matter is. To read more click the Autonews article here and The Guardian article here.

Mitsubishi Motors has confirmed that they too have removed Ghosn as chairman of the company. A move that was to be expected following Nissan’s action. To read more click the BBC News article here.

France’s Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire informed the press that as of Sunday the French government had not seen any of the evidence into the allegations against Ghosn. To read more click the Reuters article here.

CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR VAUXHALL PLANT

PSA has announced that a consultation period has begun at the Ellesmere Port factory of Vauxhall, with another cut in jobs. To read more click the Autocar article here.

GM CLOSING DOWN NORTH AMERICAN SITES

General Motors, who left Europe not so long ago, have continued on their downsizing moves. The announced that they will be closing 14 plants in North America, or “unallocating” them. Along with this there will be cut in salaried staff of up to 15%. To read more click here for the Jalopnik article.

GOVERNMENT REPORT INTO 20MPH ROADS

The Government has published a report into the effectiveness of 20mph road speed limits. The quick version is there is no real proof they have actually reduced the number of collisions nor casualties. However, most support them. To read more click the .Gov article here.

DOT INVESTS £100,000 IN ROAD SAFETY

In order to boost road safety, the Department of Transport is investing £100,000 in a raft of road safety measures. The proposal is that dash cam film can be submitted and used to report dangerous drivers, review of the Highway Code, evaluation into wider use of 20mph zones, cycle safety initiatives. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW MOT EMISSION STANDARDS WORK

Emission test failures, during MOTs has almost doubled since their introduction in May 2018. If smoke of any colour is seen, or evidence of diesel particulate filter being tampered with are immediate ‘major faults’. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

DRIVERLESS BUSES WITH DRIVERS TRIALING ACROSS FORTH ROAD BRIDGE

Scotland will be testing autonomous bus technology in 2019, it was announced. Five single-decker buses will be fitted out with technology to allow the vehicle to be run with a back up safety driver monitoring. They will run across the Forth Road Bridge. To read more click the BBC News article here.


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FORMULA E: MORE UK TV NEWS

The BBC has released a calendar of Formula E races, with their coverage information. Added to the BBC and YouTube, we in the UK will also be able to watch the races on Quest TV. To read the BBC article click here. To read the Formula E article about Quest TV click here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: BEST BRITISH CARS

EVO has compiled a list of, what they consider, the best sports and performance cars from Britain, both past and present. To read more click the article here.

INFLUX MAGAZINE EVENT

Alan went to Shoreditch last week, to attend the excellent Influx Magazine event combining car culture and skinny jeans!

AND FINALLY: TV SHOW CAR AUCTION THIS SUNDAY

Jonny Smith, Tom Ford (no, not that one) and Tim Glover are filming a new TV series where they buy up old cars and either fix or rest mod them. As part of the show they will be auctioning off the cars on Sunday 2 December at Stamford Auctions. To see more click the link to Jonny Smith explaining here. To go directly to Stamford Auctions for more info click here.


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