Episode 174: Transparency - OX is off to India, Tesla and NTSB argue, VW has a new CEO, JLR cuts production, Vauxhall to revise dealerships, Formula E Rome

This week technology does not seem to have thwarted the chaps in some way or another. So listen in as the chaps talk about the Gordon Murray OX prototype going to India, Tesla and NTSB arguing over how they should complete a safety investigation, Herbert Diess is the new CEO of VW, JLR is cutting agency workers and production thanks to a reduction in new car sales, Vauxhall will terminate all dealership contracts, John Miles is remembered, the Formula E result from Rome, Sweeden deploys an electric car charging road, Uber looking at all mobility options, Wyoming's most popular cars and what the Highway Code should actually contain. 

FOLLOW UP: OX PROTOTYPE IS OFF TO INDIA

The Gordon Murray OX flat-pack light commercial vehicle will go to India, thanks to a tie-in with Shell. This should be a perfect testing ground for the capabilities of this brilliant vehicle. To read more click the Autocar article here.

TESLA AND NTSB ARGUE

Last week, Tesla, whilst claiming to be all about transparency, announced it would be leaving as "a party" of the investigation into the fatal Model X crash. The next morning the National Transport Safety Board announced that, in fact, Tesla was removed as they were not following procedure. Tesla attempted to hold the moral high ground, whilst pre-empting the announcement from NTSB. To read more click the Bloomberg article here. As ever, with Bloomberg, be warned there is an autoplay video!

HERBERT DIESS IS NEW VW GROUP CEO

As we discussed last week, Volkswagen has now officially announced that Matthias Müller is to be replaced, as CEO, by Herbert Diess. The chaps were curious as to why this move has happened now, Jim Holder, Editorial Director at Haymarket, suggested that it was because now was the time for someone younger to move the company forward, which all makes sense. To read more click the Autocar article here.

JLR TO CUT STAFF AND PRODUCTION

Jaguar Land Rover is to cut agency staff and production, due to the continuing new car market difficulties, thanks to diesel confusion and Brexit uncertainty. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

VAUXHALL TO TERMINATE DEALERSHIP CONTRACTS

Vauxhall will give all their dealers two years notice that they are terminating their contracts. Vauxhall are then to reevaluate which ones they wish to strike a new deal with. To read more click the Autocar article here.

OBITUARY: JOHN MILES

John Miles, the former racer, racing engineer, automotive journalist and engineer has passed away aged 74. He helped develop the chassis and suspension of many cars, notably the Lotus Elan II. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORMULA E ROME

The race was awash with British motoring journalists, as it was staged for the first time in Rome. There was plenty of drama on the track with DS Virgin's Sam Bird winning after a retirement by Felix Rosenqvist. Lucas di Grassi was second and Andre Lotterer third. To read more click the Autosport article here

STOCKHOLM INSTALLS ELECTRIC CHARGING ROAD

The world's first electric vehicle charging road has been installed in a two-kilometre section. Whilst it is not the induction style charging we keep hearing about, it is the first step towards this. To read more click the Inhabitat article here.

UBER LOOKING AT ALL MOBILITY

Uber announced that they are trying to partner more closely with the city councils and local governments and become part of the multi-mobility offerings in towns and cities. The chaps discuss this and how it sounds a lot like the Transport for London plan. To read more click the Tech Crunch article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: WYOMING'S TOP 10 CARS

Bear with the chaps as they run through the Top 10 Cars of Wyoming, which has a few surprises. To play along at home click the Fremont Motors article here.

AND FINALLY: HIGHWAY CODE SUGGESTIONS

After being prompted by MrsCW_S, Andrew checked out the hashtag, #AwfullyBritishHighwayCode. To read some of the excellent suggestion click the link here.

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