Of Certain Persuasions - 15 October 2019


FOLLOW UP: NISSAN DEMOTES KEY GHOSN WHISTLE-BLOWER

Hari Nada, who is a key whistle-blower against Carlos Ghosn, has been demoted even though no evidence of wrongdoing has been found regarding misconduct. Nissan claims this is avoid undue suspicion. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

FOLLOW UP: THIERRY BOLLORÉ OUSTED AT RENAULT

Just when a period of calmness is required within the Rebel Alliance, Renault pull the surprise move of ousting their Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Bolloré, with immediate effect. He is replace, in the interim, by Clotilde Delbos, the chief financial officer whilst they search for a permanent replacement. To read more click the CAR article here. Also, there is a good article from Automotive News Europe discussing how cars need to be the focus for Renault, click here to read that.

DYSON PULLS PLUG ON EV PROJECT

James Dyson announced, via email, that the aim to manufacturer an electric car was over. Shocking literally no one, they came up against the factors of costs, development and entering a market with an unknown company. To read more click the Autocar article discussing possible reasons why here.

TOYOTA BUYS INCHCAPE FLEET SOLUTIONS

Toyota will now have a leasing wing that offers all-makes, for the first time. Inchape Fleet Solutions will become part of the Toyota Fleet Mobility Europe division, which was formed to help Toyota become a mobility provider, rather than just a car manufacturer. To read more click the Company Car Today article here.

FCA FOCUSES ON COMMISSION FOR CAR FINANCE DEALS

People buying a car on finance, via a broker or retailer, have been sold policies at a higher interest rate because the seller received commission based on this figure. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is now going to ban this practice. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MORRIS COMMERCIAL VEHICLES RETURNS

Morris Commercial Ltd has released a teaser image of what they claim is an all-electric Morris JE, which will be modern interpretation of the original J-type van. To read more click the Top Gear article here.

ROAD CHARGING LOOKING MORE CERTAIN

The Transport Select Committee has asked for a national debate on pay-per-mile road usage. In order to make us all acclimatised to the fact we'll have to pay-per-mile because the Government is loosing out on revenue from the cash-cow that is the motorist, new ideas are required. The claim is that no one is trying to price the motorist off the road. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NEW WAY TO COMPARE CAR COSTS

Parkers has produced a new way to compare car types that is allows all types of fuel/drive trains. The Miles Per Pound (mpp) will show how far one ca drive for the same amount. This is an interesting take on the problem of trying to compare ICE and alternative fuel vehicles. To read more click the Parker article here.


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FORMULA E: NIO CONFIRMS DRIVERS

NIO has announced their drivers for the 2019/20 season, Ma Qing Hua returns to Formula E to join Oliver Turvey. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: CARSTEN MONNERJAN TO HEAD ITALDESIGN

Carsten Monnerjan will take over the reigns at Italdesign after Filippo Perini joined Genesis in September. Previously Monnerjan was at Audi, who he left in 2012, after stints in other design offices in the VW Group. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE AFRICAR

The Africar was the idea of Tony Howarth, who wanted to create an inexpensive and adaptable vehicle for the rough terrain of Africa, that could also be easily maintained. To read more about this fascinating idea click the Silodrome article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: WORLD'S MOST WEIRDLY WONDERFUL CAR OPTIONS

What are the daftest options available for cars? Well Autocar has list some of the most bizarre to have been offered. To view the slide show click the link here.

AND FINALLY: OKTOBERFEST SCOOTER CRACKDOWN

Thanks to "over-exuberance" during Oktoberfest, those who imagined riding scooters whilst drunk was a good idea have woken up to more than a headache. Over 400 e-scooter riders were nicked by police during Oktoberfest. 254 of these have lost their driving licenses. To read more click The Drive article here.


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