Helping the Community - 22 October 2019


FOLLOW UP: VW GETS MORE TIME TO COMPLY IN THE US

Volkswagen has been given another 90 days to ensure the compliance programs required under the settlement agreement with the US Government. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: VW ACCUSED OF DEPLOYING ANOTHER DEFEAT DEVICE

In the pre-trial hearing for the UK class-action lawsuit, the ‘fix’ deployed by Volkswagen has been called a second defeat device. VW rejects the claims that the ‘thermal window’ discussed can be considered a defeat device. To read more click the Autocar article here.

AUTOBAHN SPEED LIMIT CALL REJECTED

The German Parliament has overwhelmingly voted against plans to cover all of the unrestricted autobahn with a speed limit. In, what seems like, a rare moment where a majority consensus is agreed, 498 of the 631 members voted down the Green Party’s proposal. Interestingly, the German environment agency stated that imposing a speed limit would have negligible environmental benefits. To read more click The Drive article here.

CITROËN GETS A NEW BOARD MEMBER AND MAYBE CEO

In a confusing couple of days, Citroën announced that Vincent Cobee will be joining the executive team. Initially, it was thought that he would be replacing Linda Jackson as CEO, however, from a second press release that is not the immediate case. What is happening to Jackson is still not known. To read more click the Autocar article here.

GREEN LICENSE PLATES SUGGESTED FOR ZERO-EMISSION CARS

The Government has opened a consultation, asking, amongst other things, if zero-emission cars should be fitted with green coloured license plates. This would make them easy to spot and allow to take advantage of accessing elements of the road ICE cars cannot, such as bus lanes or toll roads without paying. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

MOTORWAYS LIGHTS ARE BEING TURNED BACK ON

Highways England has confirmed that they will be turning all motorway lighting back on, following the implementation of the practice of turning them off between midnite and 05:00, back in 2009. There has been a spike in accidents, in the unlit areas, as well as new bulb technology being deployed which reduces the cost benefits that switching off the older sodium-based lights had. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL BILL

During the Queen’s Speech, a proposed environmental bill that put some focus on vehicle manufacturers was announced. If another #Dieselgate type event occurred, then the manufacturer would be forced to recall all the affected vehicles and address the issue. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E: TRACK ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMED

Formula E now has an advisory group, focused on racing tracks. Three drivers were voted to represent all drivers, at the New York e-prix, Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Rowland and Jerome d’Ambrosio. They will meet up with Formula E Holdings’s sporting director Frederic Espinos. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

FORMULA E: HONG KONG CANCELLATION

Teams have backed the decision to cancel the Hong Kong e-prix, especially as disturbances are continuing. The civil unrest in Santiago is also being closely monitored. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

LUNCHTIME SURVEY: DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYMBOLS

We ask that everyone who listens to the show clicks through the link and completes the nine-minute survey to help researchers understand how well, erm, understood, driver assistance symbols are in cars. We are also asking that you encourage non-car folk to take part too. To view, the survey click the Leeds University link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: ICONIC SIDE VENTS

Top Gear has created a Top 9 iconic side vent list. There are some utter belters on this slideshow. Click the link here to have a look.

AND FINALLY: HYUNDAI IMAX N DRIFT BUS

Hyundai Australia decided the i800 needed a little love and attention. Naturally, the way to show that is to make one into a drifting vehicle, that will still hold eight people. Making drifting a mass participation event. To see this wonderfully nutty idea executed, click the PistonHeads link here.


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