Episode 191: I said it wrong - VW to reveal all, the Messiah returns, Road to Zero, June New Car Registrations, Affordable Pininfarina

FOLLOW UP: VW FORCED TO REVEAL INTERNAL #DIESELGATE INVESTIGATION

Volkswagen has lost it’s attempt to keep the internal #Dieselgate investigation report secret, in Germany’s top court. The ruling states that normal attorney-client privilege is invalid with internal investigations. To read more click on the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI IS BACK

Anthony Levandowski is back in the world of self-driving startups, with Kache.ai. Excellent investigative journalism by Kirsten Korosec has followed the winding trail to find out those involved in this company. To read more click on the Tech Crunch article here.

FOLLOW UP: TFL TO REMOVE PRIVATE HIRE EXEMPTION

Transport for London wants to remove the exemption that private hire vehicles receive, from the Congestion Charge. Air quality is the reason being given for this move. However, it is difficult to not notice the extra number of vehicles that will be covered. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: ROAD TO ZERO EMISSIONS FINALLY PUBLISHED

The Government has published, finally, it’s Road to Zero Emissions plan. Clarification is now available that hybrids will not be hit by the 2040 ICE ban. Investment in the infrastructure was highlighted, including a proposal that all new build housing should have EV charging points included. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

FOLLOW UP: MERCEDES HGVS INVESTIGATED OVER DEFEAT DEVICES

Mercedes has halted the delivery of HGV engines whilst it investigates reports that under certain circumstances NOx emissions exceed legal limits. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: NISSAN ADMIT TO MORE EMISSION AND FUEL ECONOMY MISREPORTING

Nissan has announced that 19 Japanese market vehicles have had their emissions and fuel economy improperly measured. This follows internal investigations. To read more click on the Automotive News Europe article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS JUNE 2018

SMMT has released the June figures for new car registrations. There is another drop, overall of 3.5% with diesel being hit hardest by a 28.2% fall. To read more click on the SMMT link here.

M6 TOLL INCREASE

Charges for the M6 Toll will rise by between 30p and 50p for cars, 10p to 30p for light commercial vehicles and HGVs being hit with 20p to 50p all depending on the journey being taken. To read more click the Motor1 UK article here.

WLTP MEANS GOLF R DROPS POWER

Due to the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP), the Golf R’s power is dropping to 296bhp, from the previous 306bhp. SEAT had a similar issue with the Leon Cupra. To read more click on the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E RETURNS IN NEW YORK

The final two races of the season are taking place in New York this weekend. The races will be on UK TV in the evening, as an alternative to the football, with qualification after 16:00.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE FAT OF THE LAND

Christopher Butt, writing on AutoDidakt, discusses the changes in German premium car design over recent years. To read this excellent article click on the article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 10 AFFORDABLE PININFARINA DESIGNS

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has compiled another great article, this time about affordable Pininfarina designs. Click on the Motoring Research article here to read more.

AND FINALLY: ELFYN EVANS MAKES HIS WAY TO GOODWOOD

Click on the link to watch an enjoyable short video showing the struggles Elfyn Evans endures whilst making his way to Goodwood for the Festival of Speed, taking place this week and weekend.


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