This week Andrew is joined by Alan. Both the poor ickle soldiers are feeling better. There is plenty to talk about with a smidgen of Follow Up and plenty of other fresh items to pique your interest.
FOLLOW UP: MORE PORSCHES RECALLED
Across Europe Porsche is recalling Mecans, with the 3.0l V6 diesel, and Cayennes, with the 4.2l V8 diesels, following the discovery of a defeat device connected with a software update. Neither of these models are on sale currently. Porsche confirms it is fully cooperating with authorities on this matter. To read more click the Autocar article here.
Meanwhile, Porsche order books are shut whilst they undertake the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) for the entire range. Those wanting a custom model will have to wait until the WLTP approval has been granted. To read more click the article here.
FOLLOW UP: LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY DIESEL WORK WINS AUTOCAR AWARD
At last week’s Autocar Awards the team from Loughborough University, who developed the clever diesel tech to reduce NOx emissions, won the Sturmey Award. Good to see it is not just us who thinks this is very clever. To read more click the link here.
FOLLOW UP: BOSCH ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
Talking of clever diesel technology, Bosch has created a webpage to answer the many questions they’ve had following the announcement of their development. To read more about it click the Bosch link here.
FOLLOW UP: ALAN CAN STOP HATING ED SHEERAN
As a bit of Follow Up to the last episode, 180: Special Edition - Toyota Yaris GRMN First Report, a kind listener sent Alan a link that is a solution to his hating of Ed Sheeran. Go buy Samir Mezrahi’s song titled A a a a a Very Good Song from iTunes. This 10-minute silent masterpiece gives you more than enough time to pick the track you want without hearing the same song over and over and over again! To read more click on the Independent article here.
FOLLOW UP: BMW EXPANDS UK CAR RECALL
BMW has added an additional 88,000 3 Series to the latest battery connector recall, however, this isn’t as serious as the engine won’t cut out. To read more click on the Autocar article here.
10% OF MCLAREN GROUP BOUGHT
A Canadian businessman has invested almost £204m in McLaren Group, which has resulted in him being the third largest shareholder. This includes the Racing and Applied Technologies arms of the Group. To read more click on the Autocar article here.
FIAT ABANDONS MASS-MARKET PRODUCTION IN ITALY
Fiat is to stop producing cars in Italy, with the Panda moving to Poland, joining the 500, Abarth 595 and Lancia Ypsilon. The factory will be retooled to produce Maserati and Jeep, models. The Punto will cease to be completely, after 13 years in production. To read more click on the Autocar article here.
UPS TRIALLING ELECTRIC VANS IN LONDON
UPS will be trailing some interesting looking electric vans in London, after this year. They will be finding out how they work in the real world, as delivery vehicles. Paris will also be a test location. Alan, following some research, tempers our enthusiasm as to the project starting as announced. To read more and see these decent looking vehicles click the Motor1UK link here.
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FORMULA E BERLIN
Audi had a great weekend in their home race, the team coming in 1-2, with Daniel Abt winning from pole. Di Grassi was second and Techeetah’s Vergne third. Vergne’s result means he has extended his championship lead, aided by Sam Bird coming in seventh. To read more click on the Autosport article here.
In other news for Formula E, Felipe Massa is confirmed as a driver for next season, with Venturi. To read more click on the Top Gear article here.
Neuville kept it clean in Portugal to benefit from others mistakes and take the victory. There was a high attrition rate on this event with Tanak retiring on the first stage, Latvala on the second, Ogier crashed on Friday afternoon, Paddon crashed whilst leading, Sordo lost time after cracking a rim, Breen had to change a tyre, Mikkelsen stopped, Meeke had a puncture which cost him time, however, his race ended after a huge crash on Saturday. Evans came second, with teammate Teemu Sunienen snatching third for his first WRC podium. To read more click on the Autosport article. To see the damage to Meeke’s car click the link here.
DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: NEW ASTON MARTIN HIRE
Aston Martin has hired Tobias Suehlmann, formerly of Bugatti, to be their new chief exterior designer. He fills the gap created by Miles Nurnberger being promoted to design director. To read more click the Form Trends link here.
LUNCHTIME READ: CARS AND OUR CONNECTION
Friend of the show Dr Jonathan Kershaw has written a piece on the Not Two Grand site, to discuss why we get so attached to our cars or the yellow Saab in Chris Pollitt’s case. To read this excellent article click the link here.
ALAN WRITES FOR MOTORING RESEARCH
Alan has written an opinion piece on the idea of mobility solutions, following Toyota’s recent announcement that they are changing from a car company to a mobility company. To read more, and get an understanding of what mobility can actually mean, click the link here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: CARS AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
Once again Gavin Braithwaite-Smith comes up trumps with our List of the Week. He has compiled a selection of vehicles he is suggesting were unappreciated in their time because they were ahead of it. To see this wonderful selection of motoring oddities click the Motoring Research article here.
AND FINALLY: SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH SUBARU IMPREZAS
Petrolicious tell us about a fantastic trip from China to Thailand in five Subaru Imprezas, over 23 days. To see more about this brilliant/insane journey click the link here.
EPISODE 180: SPECIAL EDITION: TOYOTA YARIS GRMN FIRST REPORT
To listen to the latest Special Edition click on the link here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
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