Episode 228: Tongue Tied - 8 January 2019

FOLLOW UP: VW SUED BY GERMAN STATE GOVERNMENT

Baden-Wuerttemberg is suing Volkswagen, for damages, after purchasing vehicles that now will be banned from cities. German used diesel car values have dropped following the court cases that mean cities must ban older diesels. There is no clear indication, at this time, as to how the Federal State had lost money. To read more click the Reuters article here.

FOLLOW UP: IAV PLEADS GUILT AND PAYS $35 MILLION

IAV GmbH, had been accused of assisting Volkswagen in cheating emission tests, at the core of the #Dieselgate scandal, in the US. The supplier had the fine capped at $35 million as more would have been “jeopardizing its continued viability”. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN REARRESTED

Just when everyone thought Carlos Ghosn was going to be released, in time for Christmas, he was rearrested under a different charge. This time a deal with a Saudi Arabian businessman and nearly £17 million were under suspicion. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: EXECUTIVES TAKE LEAVES OF ABSENCE

Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz and Senior Vice President Arun Bajaj, are both on leave from Nissan, the company has announced. They will now “assist the company by concentrating on special tasks arising from recent events” To read more click the Automotive News article here.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN APPEARS IN COURT

Carlos Ghosn’s legal team employed a rarely used legal move that allows suspects to petition the court so they can find out the justification of their incarceration. He read out a prepared statement refuting the claims of illegality. He will continue to be held until 11 January, when he will be either released or arrested on another connected charge. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article. To read the Reuters article click here.

DECEMBER 2018 NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

Not only can a drop of 5.5% be seen, compared to December 2017, but we also have the full calendar year to analyse. Over 2018 there has been a drop of 6.8% in registrations, with diesel cars being particularly hard hit, falling 29.6%. To read more click here for the SMMT article and information.

NEW YEAR’S HONOURS

Gordon Murray has been awarded a CBE, for his services to motoring. Nissan UK’s Vice-President for Manufacturing, Kevin Fitzpatrick has also been made a CBE, for services to manufacturing and engineering in north east England. Added to that, the designer of such vehicles as the Bond Bug, Reliant Scimitar and the Raleigh Chopper, Tom Karen, received an OBE for services to design. To read more click the Autocar article here.

VAN SCRAPPAGE SCHEME LAUNCHED IN LONDON

The Mayor of London has allocated £23 million to a van scrapple scheme for small businesses, to help them meet the new Ultra Low Emission Zone rules. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LONDON’S TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD BAN IN MARCH

Camden council is implementing a ban on cars, lorries and taxis during peak times, from March, along Tottenham Court Road. The one-way street will become two-way for buses and bicycles. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

GREATER MANCHESTER CONSIDERING CONGESTION CHARGE

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, and council leaders’s preferred option is to charge diesel commercial vehicles but not cars, in a bid to improve air quality. To read more click the Manchester Evening News article here.

BMW FACES CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN KOREA

South Korean investigators have concluded that BMW hid the fire hazards and delayed recalls, following engine fires. The transport ministry also fined the company $10 million for belatedly recalling vehicles in the country. To read more click the Bloomberg article here.

TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

There is still 41.4% of cars affected in the UK that have not been recalled and had their Takata airbags fixed. The issue of the actuator going off and firing shrapnel at occupants.

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND STATES TOUCHSCREENS CAN BE UNSAFE

Jim O’sullivan, Highwys England chief executive, has stated they “do not like touchscreens from a safety perspective”. To read more click here for the Motoring Research article.


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FORMULA E: MARRAKESH ROOKIE TEST ENTRIES

The entry list to the Formula E rookie test has been announced, with two places yet to be confirmed, ahead of the weekend’s testing. NIO and GEOX Dragon Racing are yet to confirm who will fill their spots. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

HYUNDAI WRC REPLACES NANDAN

Following another second place, in the manufacturers title, Michel Nandan has been replaced by customer racing manager Andrea Adamo for 2019. To read more click on the Autosport article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: IT WAS JAPAN’S MOST DARING CAR

The Mazda Amati was a car that was designed and built to take on the established luxury brands, but it never came to be. Click here to read the fascinating story via Jalopnik.

AND FINALLY: FAST AND FURIOUS LIVE CARS AND PROPS AT AUCTION

You can now own props and cars from the Fast and Furious Live events, thanks to them coming up for auction. Click here for the i-bidder page to see more.


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