Episode 197: All Angry Postcards - July New Car Registration Figures, WLTP manipulation accusation, How Car Design Works, Nissan flies mechanics by helicopter

FOLLOW UP: FIFTH GEAR RETURNS IN SEPTEMBER

Fifth Gear will be back on UK screens on September 6, via Quest TV. Click the link here to see the confirmation.

JULY 2018 NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

The SMMT July New Car Registration figures have been released, showing a 1.2% rise. However, the year-to-date market is down -5.5%. To read more click the SMMT link here.

CARMAKERS ACCUSED OF MANIPULATING WLTP TESTS

The EU is concerned that manufacturers are manipulating the new emission tests, however, this time because they’re making their figures worse. This will mean that when the new standards for reducing emissions is calculated in 2021, so the theory is they won’t have to work as hard to improve their engines for the new reduction. To read more click the Reuters article here and then click the Autocar article here.

VW MAY HAVE TO RECALL EVS AND PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Volkswagen electric and plug-in hybrid cars, numbering 124,000, may have to be recalled due to the presence of cadmium in the charging system. There are no concerns over owners being put at risk, by this carcinogenic, but there are when the vehicles reach their end of life. Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority will make the decision whether VW will be forced to recall. To read more click the Autocar article here.

POLO AD GETS BANNED

A Volkswagen Polo advert, showing off the vehicle’s safety features, has been banned after six complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency. The ASA felt there was an exaggeration of the features and the “overall tone of the advert encouraged irresponsible driving”. To read more click the Double Apex article here.

FUTURE OF MOBILITY GRAND CHALLENGE

The Government has released their Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which is centered about deliveries in urban areas. Electrification of vans is a priority and with a push for micro-deliveries for the last mile. To read more click the Autocar article here and to read the full Government text click the link here.


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LOCAL ROADS RESURFACED EVERY 92 YEARS

The Transport Committee has leaped into action following the revelation that roads are resurfaced, on average, once every 92 years rather than 55 years it was previously. The Committee has declared road conditions and maintenance a “matter of public concern”. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: HOW CAR DESIGN WORKS (PART ONE)

Matteo Licata gives us a glimpse into what it is like to work in a design studio in Part One of ‘how Car Design Works’. We encourage you to read this as Matteo busts some myths around what goes on once the bean bags are all sat on and everyone has matching turtle neck tops! To read this excellent article click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: ENGLAND’S BEST AND WORST MOTORWAY SERVICES 2018

As happens each year, around this time, a listicle about England or Britain’s motorway services surfaces. The BBC has helpfully created their own, with some controversial positions. To read more click the BBC News article link here.

AND FINALLY: NISSAN FLIES MECHANICS IN

Nissan is flying their technicians to the Torres Strait Islands, sitting between Australia and Papua New Guinea, to carry out urgent airbag replacement. The vehicles are fitted with the Takata airbags that are under recall. To read more about the lengths some manufacturers are having to go to, click the Motoring Research link here.


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