Episode 193: Loves the Sportsballs - Lack of VW engine fix guarantee, Bosch to hand over emails, Pothole breakdowns up, Formula E finale, Corolla traverses Africa

FOLLOW UP: VW YET TO GUARANTEE FIX DOESN’T IMPAIR CARS

Volkswagen has yet to confirm that the fix they’ve fitted does not affect performance, EU consumer authorities have said. These same consumer authorities are pushing VW to admit it has broken EU laws, which VW has so far refused to do so. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: BOSCH TOLD TO HAND OVER EMAILS IN EMISSIONS SUIT

Bosch has been instructed, by a Stuttgart regional court, to hand over emails connected with an investor lawsuit against Porsche SE over #Dieselgate. To read more click on the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: OPEL CALLED TO OFFICIAL HEARING IN GERMANY OVER SHUT-OFF DEVICES

Opel will be attending an official hearing with the German federal motor vehicle authority over claims that the Cascada, Insignia and Zafira models used shut-off devices, allowing NOx emissions to exceed limits. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FIAT WORKERS STRIKE OVER FOOTBALL PLAYER

FIAT workers announced they will strike over the signing of Ronaldo, by Juventus, which has the same investor. Unions claim the fee should’ve been invested in securing the future of worker’s jobs. The result was only five workers took part in the action. To read more click the Autocar article here.

US REGULATOR SAYS SELF-DRIVING CARS DON’T NEED RULES YET

Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said that now was not the right time to impose regulations on self-driving technology. They feel defect investigation, recall and other existing enforcement powers enough for the time being. To read more click on the Bloomberg article here.

UK BUYERS LOOKING TO DITCH DIESEL

In further bad news for manufacturers of diesel engined cars a survey, by Vantage Leasing, found that 55% of those questioned will be buying an alternatively fuelled vehicle when it comes time to change. One of the main reasons was confused messages from the Government. To read more click on the Compelo article here.

POTHOLE-RELATED BREAKDOWNS AT THREE YEAR HIGH

The RAC has reported that between April and June 2018, the number of drivers calling them out due to hitting potholes was at a three year high. To read more click on the BBC News article here.

TRIAL FOR HIGHER ROADWORK SPEED LIMIT WHEN QUIET

Highways England is to trial raising the speed limit to 60mph through motorway roadworks, during quieter times. The trial will work out the best fit between safety for workers and allow for freer running traffic. To read more click on the Motoring Research article here.  


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FORMULA E NEW YORK

In the first of the two races for the weekend, Jean-Eric Vergne won the title for Season 4, to read more click the Autosport article here. To complete an excellent weekend for him personally he won the Sunday race too, click here to read more. However, Techeetah could not secure the constructor's championship, for more details click the article here. In a bizarre moment, both the Techeetah drivers were penalised for wearing incorrect underwear during qualification, a second time this has occurred to a driver this year, to read more click on the link here.

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2018

Another year, another fantastic looking Goodwood event, all taking place without Andrew and Alan there. However, to make up for the pain in not attending, they watched the excellent live stream, which culminated in the race up the hill which the VW ID R Pikes Peak car won. To read more click on the Autocar link here.

LUNCHTIME READ: WHY TOUCHSCREENS IN CARS DON’T WORK

Jacky Li had a moment in a Tesla Uber that brought home how distracting touchscreens in cars really are. This prompted him to undertake further research into how distracting they are. Read through his findings here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: LEFTFIELD LEGENDS

Once again Gavin Braithwaite-Smith pulls together a great list. This time he’s putting forward his suggestions for cars that you wouldn’t expect from the brands they were produced by. To read through, click the motoring Research link here.

AND FINALLY: 80-YEAR-OLD DRIVES FROM CAPE TOWN TO LONDON IN A COROLLA

Julia Albs drove from Cape Town to London, in her 1997 Toyota Corolla. To read more click the Toyota blog article here. To follow along with the return journey with Julia click here for her own blog.  


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