Episode 219: You are part of the problem - 13 November 2018

FOLLOW UP: AUDI CLEARED TO START FIRST OF EIGHT RECALLS

Audi has been told it can start the first of eight recalls, in Germany, involving the V6 and V8 diesel engines. This affects around 151,000 vehicles where new engine, and gearbox software is required. Added to that, some vehicles will need a new NOx lamda sensor fitting. To read more click here for Christiaan Hetzner’s tweet.

FOLLOW UP: VW AND DAIMLER TO RETROFIT DIESELS

Again in Germany, Volkswagen and Daimler have agreed to fit hardware retrofits to older diesels, to help clean them up. BMW has refused this step but joined them in offering incentives to trade-in and buy newer, cleaner models. To read more click on the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: VW STILL WORKING ON COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES

Volkswagen’s auditor has stated the company still has “a lot of work to do” before their compliance procedures can be certified. An independent compliance auditor, Larry Thompson, was appointed as part of the criminal plea with the US Justice Department. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: GOVERNMENT REPORT INDICATES MANY PHEVS NOT CHARGED

A report from the UK Government backs up anecdotal reports that most PHEV vehicles are never charged, implying they were only bought as a tax dodge. To read more click the BBC News article here. The future of PHEVs in the UK is discussed in an interesting Autocar article, which you can read by clicking here.

FOLLOW UP: PARIS TO BAN PRE-2001 DIESEL CARS

In the footsteps of several other cities around Europe, Paris has declared pre-2001 registered diesel vehicles will be banned from July 2019. To read more click The Connexion article here.

Stuttgart failed to get a ban overturned, it had appealed. This follows the news that Cologne and Bonn must also introduce bans in localised areas, which they have appealed too. Click here to read more from Automotive News Europe.

POLICE TARGETING SMART MOTORWAYS

An RAC article has warned motorists to follow the rules of Smart Motorways or risk punishment. For ignoring the lane closure signs a driver was given three point penalty, fined £1000 and a six-month driving ban. To read more click on the article here.

LAW COMMISSION LAUNCHES AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONSULTATION

The first legal consultation has been launched by the Law Commission to see if laws need to be adapted, created or are appropriate as they are for autonomous vehicles to be allowed on UK roads. To read the Motoring Research article click here. To go straight to the Law Commission consultation click here.


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WRC RALLY AUSTRALIA

Reminder that the deciding event of the season takes place this weekend, where both the driver and manufacturer championships will be won.

FORMULA E: BBC TO AIR EVERY RACE FOR 2018/19 SEASON

Announced today, the BBC will be airing every race of the Formula E calendar in the 2018/19 season. This is on the back of last week’s announcement that there will be a YouTube livestream in the UK headed up by some prominent YouTube personalities. To read more click the Formula E article here.

RACE OF REMEMBRANCE 2018

Both Alan and Andrew were at this years Race of Remembrance, unfortunately the team they were helping failed to finish the race due to mechanical failure. However, the event was about so much more than just racing.

LIST OF THE WEEK: TOP 10 CITROËN INNOVATIONS

CAR Magazine has compiled a list of the Top 10 Citroën innovations. Click here to run through them.

AND FINALLY: THE WORLD’S COOLEST VOLVOS ARE FOR SALE

M-Sport runs a fleet of Volvo S60s for the recces of each rally. After 17 years they’ve decided they are to be sold. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.


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