Episode 223: Swallowed a positivity pill - 4 December 2018

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN TO BE HELD LONGER

Japanese authorities extended Ghosn’s detention again, for another 10 days, on Friday 30 November, meaning they have to file charges by December 10 or let him go. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

Rumoured, in the last day or so, is that Ghosn will now be arrested in connection with a different time frame. He is under investigation into the 2009-14 period, this would be for 2016/17. This would allow for him to be held longer. To read more click the Bloomberg article here.

FOLLOW UP: MADRID BANNING CERTAIN CARS

Madrid will be bringing in the toughest restrictions on older cars, to date, from the Mayors Summit in Mexico City, that announced their intention to do so, in 2016. Pre-2006 diesel and pre-2000 petrol powered vehicles will have to prove they have access to private parking to be allowed to enter a new low emission zone. This will become tougher in 2020 with older cars banned entirely. To read more click the Autocar article here.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO TEMPORARILY LAY OFF MORE WORKERS

A reduction in 500 members of the workforce will be occur at the Wolverhampton plant, in what is described as a temporary move. The staff will receive full pay during that time. To read more click here for the Automotive News Europe article.

NEW PUBLIC CHARGING POINTS INSTALLATIONS ANNOUNCED

Marston’s Inns and Taverns is partnering with Engenie, to install a network of rapid chargers at their sites across the UK. 400 rapid chargers will be installed. Engenie charge points will work with contactless payment rather than a membership or connection fee. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

Tesco and Volkswagen also announced a partnership resulting in 2400 charging bays being installed in the next three years. These will be fitted to Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks, by Pod Point, the U’s largest independent public charging network. To read more click the BBC News article here.

KIA AND HYUNDAI AMEND OFFICIAL E-NIRO AND KONA RANGES

Due to inconsistencies in the WLTP test cycles both Kia and Hyundai have been forced to reduce the official range of the e-Niro and Kona. The independent testing company is being blamed for this error. To read more click the Autocar article here for the e-Niro and click here for the Kona information.

FCA MEETING TRADE UNIONS IN ITALY

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles intend to partially lay off 2445 workers on Jaguar 1 2019 with a further 800 following by March 4 all at the Mirafiori Plant in Turin. This will allow the factory to be retooled so that it can build electric and hybrid vehicles. The work is expected to finish by December 31. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL TO MOVE

The 2019 Festival of the Unexceptional will be held at the Claydon Estate. The event will remain free to enter, as long as your car or light commercial vehicle was built between 1966 and 1996. Registration runs between 1 January 2019 and 31 May 2019. To read more click on the Motoring Research article here.

HYUNDAI BOSS TO STEP DOWN

Tony Whitehorn is leaving his post as Hyundai UK president and CEO, with immediate effect. In his time Hyundai has moved from obscure Korean import into the ninth best-selling brand in the UK, with models like the i30N and Kona electric gaining universal praise. He also brought innovation to the industry with use of pop-up stores and online ordering. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E: ATTACK MODE AND A RETURN TO THE UK

Formula E announced the introduction of Attack Mode, which will allow for a temporary increase in power available.

Motorsport UK have met with ABB FIA Formula E to discuss how to bring Formula E back to the UK. Options are being considered, including a move away from London. To read more click the Autosport article here.

NEW TVR HELD UP BY INVESTMENT

Questions are being asked as to how the new TVR factory will be funded. Following EU rules, once the local government invested in TVR, means that the tender process must be open across Europe and take place over seven months. To read more click the CAR Magazine article here.

ALAN DID NOT BUY A CAR ON SUNDAY

Alan attended the auction for the new TV project we discussed last week, involving Tom Ford, Jonny Smith and Tim Glover.

LUNCHTIME READ: IT MAY BE TIME TO ADMIT THE PONTIAC AZTEK WAS RIGHT

This Jalopnik article puts forward the hypothesis that the Pontiac Aztec was, whilst ruined thanks to design by committee, ahead of its time. Look at it and look at all the SUVs. To read more click the article here.

AND FINALLY: #AUTOADVENT IS BACK

Jon Male is once again bringing a bit of Christmas magic to us car nerds in the form of not one but two hashtags, follow the #AutoAdvent for the full on hard clues and the #AutoAdventLite for us mere mortals. Which means Nir Kahn, Darragh McKenna and Ian Dale are #AutoAdvent only!


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