Episode 231: Grumpy Catweasel - 21 January 2019

FOLLOW UP: AUDI MANAGERS INDICTED IN US

Four Audi employees have been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the emission scandal. Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel have been charged with multiple felonies. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

FOLLOW UP: ANOTHER BAIL ATTEMPT BY GHOSN

Carlos Ghosn has offered to wear and electronic tag, post stock in Nissan and remain at his Tokyo flat in a fresh attempt to be released from prison on bail. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: KOSKAS LEAVES RENAULT SPORT RACING

Thierry Koskas, former sales and marketing chief of Renault, was supposed to replace Jerome Stoll, as president of Renault Sport Racing. There are no details regarding his departure. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

FOLLOW UP: RENAULT-NISSAN INTEGRATION

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Renault wanted to name the next Nissan chairman. Following the release of this information Renault state that was not the case. To read more click the article here.

LOTUS CARS TO BE BUILT IN CHINA

Geely has announced that it will build Lotus cars at a new facility in China, in addition to the plant at Hethel. This will allow for an increase in volume and new models. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

LEVC GETS EX-AUDI EXEC AS NEW CEO

Joerg Hofmann has been named as the new CEO fo the London Electric Vehicle Company. The former Audi and GM executive will start on 4 February. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

KIA HAS SOLD 1 MILLION CARS IN BRITAIN

A dealership in Dunfermline sold the one millionth Kia car, since the brand started selling in Britain in 1991. Congratulations to Kia! To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

MORE NO-DEAL BREXIT WARNINGS

Motorists are being warned that they may need to have a Green Card, for proof of insurance when driving in Europe, if a No-deal Brexit takes place.

Added to this Europe living ex-pat drivers have been warned they may well need to take new driving test. This will happen if they do not exchange their UK driving license for a local EU driving license before 29 March.

To read more about the insurance worry click the BBC News article here. To read more about the driving license worry click the Motoring Research article here.

WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY WORRY

Following Nottingham City Council’s move to implement the ‘Workplace Parking Levy’ (WPL), a further 10 local councils are considering following suit. Businesses with at least 11 spaces are charged £415 per year per space. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

VW PLANNING DEPOSIT FOR I.D. CARS

Volkswagen are reported to be planing to follow Tesla, in opening up order books for deposits on cars that do not yet exist, let alone anyone has driven. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.


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FORMULA E SANTIAGO

A reminder that the Formula E calendar continues this weekend, this time from Santiago. Keep an eye on our twitter feeds for links of where you can watch it!

WRC MONTE CARLO

The 2019 WRC season kicks off at the Monte Carlo event. There has been plenty of changes in driver and management line ups, during the brief off season, with movement between the teams and into the WRC2 support series. Probably the biggest news is Ogier moving to Citroën. With the boss of the outfit saying they “must win” now that he is on board!

LUNCHTIME READ: 2019 UK ROAD TAX BANDS

For a change, the chaps are recommending an article that is steeped in consumer advice, following much chatter on social media about people being caught out by the new tax rules. Click here to read through the very good CAR Magazine article.

LIST OF THE WEEK: UK CAR COLOURS FOR 2018

The SMMT has produced their annual list of which car colours were popular for new cars, in 2018. Click the link here to run through the information.

AND FINALLY: PEUGEOT SUED FOR NOT PROMOTING FLYING CAR ENOUGH

The studio that brought us ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is suing Peugeot for not promoting the film as much as they were, allegedly, supposed to. To read more click the Hollywood Reporter article here.



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