Episode 229: It Doesn't Help Me - 15 January 2019

FOLLOW UP: VW SEEKS DAMAGES FROM FORMER MANAGERS

In a surprising move, Volkswagen Group is reported to be going after some former executives to recoup some of the costs it has incurred as a result of #Dieselgate. One target is defense of Oliver Schmidt, who was arrested and sentenced to seven years in the United States. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: FCA AGREES US SETTLEMENT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay nearly $800 million to settle claims from the US Justice Department and California, that it used illegal software to produce false test results. FCA has not admitted any wrong doing. This does not affect the ongoing criminal investigation into their conduct. Added to that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating them too. For more information click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: BOSCH AGREES US SETTLEMENT

Bosch will pay about $131 million to settle claim by Fiat Chrysler diesel owners and close all investigations by 47 state attorneys general into their connection with defeat devices. In a statement Bosch stated it neither accepts liability nor admits to any allegations. To read more click the Automotive News Article here.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN LOSES APPEAL AGAINST DETENTION

Carlos Ghosn has lost his appeal against his detention, which means he could well remain in prison until his trial, which is up to six months away. His legal team will appeal to a higher court. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

As was suspected with this news, Ghosn’s latest bail application has been rejected. No reasons were given for denying it. An appeal was launched and a response is expected in the next couple of days. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

NISSAN BOARD MEMBERS RESIGN

Toshiyuki Shiga will not look to extend his two-year tenure on the board of Nissan. This is significant because he was seen as the only opposition to current CEO Hiroto Saikawa’s position.

Jose Munoz, who we discussed last week after he took a leave of absence from Nissan, has now resigned. He was seen as a close ally to Ghosn. Nissan refused to say more than he “elected to resign”. To read more click the Reuters article here.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES JOB LOSES

JLR will cut around 4500 jobs from it’s UK workforce, confirming rumours that had been circulating. This is part of a major cost-cutting exercise the company will undertake. There are no immediate plans for factory cuts. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORD ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN RESTRUCTURING

Ford will restructure it’s European operations, as part of a £14 billion global cost-cutting exercise. There will be a trimming of the model range, electrification will be happen for every model offered. UK head office will move to the technical centre at Dunton. There are plans to introduce more US built models too. To read more click the Autocar article here.

One of the sites fearful of major job loses is the engine plant at Bridgend. To read more click the BBC News article here.

INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS FOR UK DRIVERS

The Government has released information to help those who will be driving in Europe after 28 March 2019, in the event of a no EU exit deal. To read more click the Gov.uk link here.

HONDA PLANS FACTORY SHUTDOWN

Honda has announced that it will shut down its factory, in Swindon, for six days in April. This will allow them to adjust to any potential issues for logistics following the UK’s exit from the EU. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FORD AND VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCE ‘GLOBAL ALLIANCE’

VW and Ford announced, at the Detroit Motor Show, that they will form an alliance, or investigate collaboration, for commercial vehicles, pick-ups, electric vehicles and autonomous technology. The wording is very loose right now, but more details may become clear in time. To read more click the Autocar article here.

ASA DISMISSES COMPLAINTS AGAINST A CAR AD

In a shocking move, the Advertising Standards Agency has dismissed complaints, made against the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV advert. They investigated if the advertisement misled potential customers into thinking that the electric elements of the car were over emphasised, inferring that the SUV was mainly powered by electricity. ASA did not agree. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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FORMULA E: MARRAKESH RESULT

Jerome d’Ambrosio won the Marrakesh e-Prix following a last lap dash, after the leading BMW pair collided. A safety car had to be deployed to clear the track safely, allowing the Mahindra Racing driver to beat Robin Frijns and Sam Bird. To read more click the Autosport article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: “THE FUTURE SOUND OF CARS”

The chaps recommend click the link to learn more about how the engine and interface sounds for the I-Pace were developed and created. To read click here for the A Sound Effect article.

LIST OF THE WEEK: “THESE ARE THE ONLY CARS EVERY GEARHEAD LIKES”

Jalopnik has compiled a list of cars we all can agree on liking. To look through the list click here.

AND FINALLY: “JAPAN HAS GONE SUZUKI JIMNY MAD”

Top Gear Magazine has been to Japan and seen the amount of customisation the new Jimmy has already undergone. It is wonderful. Click here to view the article and smile at the pictures.



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