Episode 173: Lack of Focus - VW to swap CEO, March 2018 New Car Registration figures, Shell release a surprising report, Car ads from yesterday

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FOLLOW UP: VW CONSIDER CEO CHANGES

Volkswagen are to remove Matthias Muller as CEO, and replace with an internal appointment. Alan and Andrew mull over why VW would want to get rid of Mr Muller. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR MARCH 2018

The chaps delve into yet another drop in new car registrations. They also discuss the possibilities of why the fall is continuing. To read the figures click the SMMT article here. Also to see the EV figures, now that SMMT has split them out, click here.

EARLIER BAN OF ICE COULD HELP CLIMATE TARGETS

This may sound like an obvious statement, which it is, but this report comes from Shell, which made the chaps sit up and take note. To read more click the Motor1 UK here.

REMINDER: FORMULA E IS BACK THIS WEEKEND

The Formula E season moves, for the first time, to Rome this weekend. Just a note the coverage in the UK will be on 5Spike instead of Channel 5, as well as Eurosport. 5Spike can be found on Ch160 Sky, Ch152 Virgin, Ch54 Freeview, CH133 Freesat.

AUDI CONCEPT AT FORMULA E

Audi will have their superb e-tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept giving taxi rides on track. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

WRC TOUR DE CORSE

Once again Sebastian Ogier comfortably won the Corsica rally. Ott Tanak was second, 36.1 seconds behind. Thierry Neuville was third, 1m07.5 seconds behind. Loeb crashed out, Meek crashed out, so Citroen had a rough weekend. To read more click the Autosport article here.

FIA WEC PREVIEW

The new WEC season will be starting soon, and EVO has helpfully written a great primer for what to expect and when. To read more click the EVO article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: RANDOM AUTONOMOUS THOUGHTS

Designer Matteo Licata has turned his sights on Autonomous Vehicles, but not for the usual reasons Andrew does, don’t worry! Matteo talks about the design. To read this fascinating article click the Roadster-Life article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: CONGESTION CHARGE EMBASSY OUTSTANDING DEBT

After Alan came across the French Ambassador’s Peugeot, he wondered about embassies paying their Congestion Charge fees. Not all play along, click here to see the list of those who owe money.

AND FINALLY: CAR ADS FROM YESTERDAY

Friend of the show, Richard Gooding, has written an excellent article showcasing some of the car ads from days gone by. This is a great glimpse into a “different time”. To read the Influx article click here.

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