Episode 204: Bucket Loads of Salt - 11 September 2018

The chaps are back together! Woo and indeed Hoo! Let the bickering commence….

FOLLOW UP: VW IN COURT WITH INVESTORS

In a test case, for many, being put forward by investors, Volkswagen is defending against the claim they should’ve told the markets earlier the full extent of the study that broke the news of #Dieselgate, in May 2014. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS AUGUST 2018

The headline figure of a 23.1% rise, year on year, may look impressive but there are several mitigating factors. To read more click the SMMT article here.

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES £106 MILLION INVESTMENT

At the Zero Emissions Vehicle Summit the Government announced £106 million investment into battery, vehicle and refueling technology. Whilst it is easy to scoff at, what looks like, a small amount, at least something is being done by the Government. To read more click the Green Fleet article here.

TOYOTA RECALL PRIUS AND C-HR HYBRIDS IN UK

A potential wiring fault, that could lead to a fire risk, has prompted Toyota to recall hybrid Prius and C-HRs. There are 32,393 vehicles affected in the UK. Owners will be contacted directly. To read more click the Autocar article here.

KEYLESS ENTRY FLAWS FOUND

Researchers from the University of Leuven, Belgium, has discovered a security flaw in the keyless entry system of brands such as Tesla and McLaren. to read more click the Autocar article here.

DANISH STUDY SUGGEST FASTER LIMITS ARE SAFER

A report by the Danish Road Directorate Vejdirektoratet, found that increasing a speed limit reduced the number of road accidents. To read more click the First Vehicle Leasing article here.

FRANKFURT TO BAN OLDER CARS

Frankfurt have been instructed by an administrative court, that they must enforce a ban on older, polluting diesel and petrol vehicles, from next February. The case was brought by an environmental group, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUF). To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

GREEN PLATES FOR LOW EMISSION VEHICLES

The Government is considering giving low emission plates a specific colour to aid quick identification. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: EX ROLLS-ROYCE DESIGN DIRECTOR JOINS FAW GROUP

Giles Taylor is to head up the Advanced Design Centre for FAW’s luxury brand Hongqi, a Chinese company. Previously Taylor has worked at Jaguar, before joining Rolls-Royce in 2012. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: AN OPEN LETTER TO DESIGN DIRECTORS

Eric Gallina writes in FormTrends, makes a compelling case for those who work on a design project being credited by companies. To read more click the article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: BEST CARS OF TOP GEAR’S HISTORY

Top Gear magazine is celebrating 25 years of existence. They have a gallery of the best cars during that time. To see more click the article here.

AND FINALLY: RARE FRENCH CARS UP FOR AUCTION

Motoring Research have a lovely selection of some of the rare classic and vintage French cars up for auction later this month at Leclere Motorcars sale. Click the link here and enjoy.


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