Episode 184: No one to talk to - Audi CEO raided, Expansion to London's ULEZ already, Mercedes to recall cars in Germany, Le Mans Spotter Guide

FOLLOW UP: #DIESELGATE

Audi’s boss, Stadler, has his house raided and is accused of fraud and false advertising. This is part of the expansion of the investigation into #Dieselgate. Testimonies have been ordered from 28 witnesses, including past and present VW executives, government officials and a Bosch executive.

To read more about the raid on Stadler click here for the Greg Kable article in Autocar.

To read more about the testimonies click here.  

In a brief moment of what could be considered good news, Volkswagen has reached a settlement with Oklahoma. The relatively small amount of $8.5 million will be paid as compensation for false advertising. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

FOLLOW UP: LONDON ULEZ EXPANDS

The Mayor of London has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will expand, in 2021, and be everything inside the North Circular and South Circular roads. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: BMW RECALL INQUEST

Following the inquest into the accident where the driver of a vehicle who crashed taking evasive action to avoid a stricken BMW, there is insufficient evidence to bring the claim of corporate manslaughter. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: NTSB MODEL X CRASH STATEMENT

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary statement for the fatal accident of the Model X car, earlier this year, in America. To read more click on the NTSB’s article here.

MERCEDES INSTRUCTED TO RECALL DIESEL MODELS

Mercedes-Benz has been instructed to recall up to 774,00 models due to an emission ‘defeat device’, by the German transport ministry. Mercedes indicate they do not believe their software has such a device and will argue this at a later hearing. To read more click on the Autocar article here.

TRUE INITIATIVE STATES DIESEL IS FAR MORE POLLUTING THAN THOUGHT

TRUE or The Real Urban Emissions Initiative, to much fanfare declared that diesel cars were far exceeding emission standards for NOx. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association has pointed out that the data range does not cover Euro 6d engines. To read more click the TRUE article and then the response via an Autocar article here.

VW COULD DELAY CAR PRODUCTION DUE TO WLTP TESTING

Following on from Porsche’s slow down of car production, due to undertaking the WLTP tests for its cars, Volkswagen has stated it may well have to follow suit. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

CALLING CARS ‘AUTONOMOUS’ IS DANGEROUS

Thatcham Research has warned that using words such as ‘autonomous’ is “misleading”. Andrew and Alan have been long time campaigners regarding the language being used for driver assistance technology, and are glad to see others picking up this torch. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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FORMULA E ZURICH

Formula E made history by being the first race in Switzerland since the ban in 1954. Lucas di Grassi won his first race of 2017/18, climbing from fifth to do so. Sam Bird was second and D’Ambrosio in third for Dragon. To read more about this controversial race click the Autosport article here.

In related news, Nico Prost is leaving Renault e.dams seat at the end of the season. To read more click on the Autosport article here.

WRC ITALY

In a thrilling last day to a fascinating and, once again, attritional event, Neuville pipped Ogier for the win on the very last stage by 0.7 seconds. Lappi brought his Yaris home in third as Paddon was a bit more circumspect after his accident in Portugal. To read more click the Autosport article here.

Ogier picked up a suspended penalty for not taking his timecard from one of the stages and someone else bringing it to him. To read more on that click the article here.

LE MANS SPOTTER GUIDE FROM ANDY BLACKMORE

As with last year, here is the link to the Spotter Guide for the upcoming Le Mans 24hr race. Click the link and enjoy!

VOLVO IS NOT GOING TO GENEVA

Volvo has announced that it will not be at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. In what some see as a bit of a shock move, Volvo says they want to reach new audiences via specific communications. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD

Design Chief for Rolls Royce, Giles Taylor, will be leaving the company. To read more click the Motor Authority article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: VOLVO 480

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has written an ode to the Volvo 480, which we are recommending as the Lunchtime Read for this week. You will find out how this car came to be. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

AND FINALLY: TOYOTA YARIS WRC CAR

Well, not a real one, but Alan saw this and as it’s been five minutes since he mentioned “Yaris” we’ll allow him to revel in this glorious radio controlled model. To see more click the link here.


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