Episode 202: Legions of Fans - E10 fuel warning, VW seatbelt fix, Lack of SEAT Options, Electric E-Types, Corolla coming back, Questionnaire

This week, unfortunately, Alan is again unable to join Andrew. Fear not, dear listeners, Andrew carries on just for you!

FOLLOW UP: E10 FUEL COULD AFFECT 635,000 CARS

The proposal, by the government, to introduce E10 fuel, with extra bioethanol, to petrol pumps in an effort to reduce CO2 emission could lead to 634, 509 vehicles being adversely affected. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: VW SEATBELT FIX DUE IN NOVEMBER

The issue where the left rear buckle, of Seat Arona, Ibiza and Volkswagen Polos, could be opened when there are three rear passengers is due to be fixed from November this year. However, not everyone is happy that the cars have continued to be sold with the caveat of ‘please don’t use the central rear seat’. To read more click the Autocar article here.

SEAT CUTS YOUR OPTIONS

Seat has announced that it is doing away with the options list. You will pick the options you want via the three specs available. SE Technology, FR Sport and Xcellence Lux. Whilst this may sound like a step backwards, there is good news, colour tax has been removed! To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

NEW DIESELS ACCUSED OF STILL EMITTING BEYOND LEGAL LIMITS

Which? magazine has investigated new diesel vehicles on sale in the UK, coming to the conclusion that a large number still exceed the new, tougher emissions limits of the WLTP test. To read more click the Car Expert article here.

ZERO EMISSION E-TYPES TO BE BUILT BY JAGUAR

Following Jaguar revealing the concept of an electric E-Type, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will be building electric E-Types for us to buy. To read more click the Jaguar press release here.

TOYOTA AND UBER PARTNER UP

Toyota is partnering with Uber on a self-driving project. This is very new news, so details are sparse. Toyota has long since stated they follow the ‘Guardian’ approach to driver assistance, where Uber has gone down the ‘Chauffeur’ route with driver assistance. To read more click The Information’s link here.

TOYOTA BRINGS BACK THE COROLLA

After an absence of 13 years, the name Corolla will once again adorn the rear of Toyotas, replacing the Auris. To read more click the Toyota press release here.

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LUNCHTIME READ: EXTRAORDINARILY ORDINARY

Gary Axon, on Goodwood Road and Racing site, asks if the humble Renault 16 has been overlooked for too long. To read this click the link here.

LUNCHTIME VIEW: TOP GEAR BEAR HUNT

Tom Ford has been let loose on another vehicle, this time a Mercedes E-Class. He has equipped it suitably (maybe) for speaking bears in Estonia. To see this click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: UK’S TOP TEN MOTORWAYS

ShortList has written a reply to an article created to drum up clicks, I won’t mention which, however, Dave Fawbert took exception. He wonderfully explains, sometimes incorrectly, his reasoning for his choices of the best and worst. To read more click the link here.

AND FINALLY: EBIKE CYCLING RECORD

Whilst we do not normally mention bicycles, let alone electric versions, we are here as Chris Ramsey, he of Plug in Adventures, is lining up to tackle the world record for cycling an eBike the furthest in 12 hours. As Chris has taken a Nissan Leaf and competed in the Mongol Rally, we think this will be like a, well, Sunday ride for him. To read more click the driveEV article here.


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