Episode 235: Dialing Back the Hysteria - 12 February 2019

FOLLOW UP: 28,600 COMPLAINTS AFTER VW FIX

Paul Willis, Volkswagen’s UK boss, has told the House of Commons Transport Committee that it has received 28,600 complaints following the software fix they’ve implements. VW states that this is a small percentage of those fixed in the UK. Added to this this still have 285,000 cars are still yet to be fixed. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: BOSCH IN TROUBLE ON TWO FRONTS

German prosecutors are investigating if a fine is possible for Robert Bosch, as they provided VW with the software used to cheat emission tests. This is on the back of the huge U.S. fine. In addition to that, Volkswagen are also apparently looking into suing Bosch for damages in the region of 1 billion euros. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN’S WEDDING INVESTIGATED

Renault has asked judicial authorities to investigate that contribution it made to Carlos Ghosn’s wedding, held at Versailles. The concern is that this is “personal benefit” funding. Ghosn’s lawyer states that he paid for the wedding and was told the event space was free of charge, unaware that it was in fact charged against Renault’s usage. To read more click the Autocar article here.

Carlos Ghosn has declared that he will reimburse the costs of the party. Some have chosen to take this quick move as a contrast to his stated position in Japan, where has stated he is a loyal company man who would not hurt the company. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

Nissan has reported it’s financial results, the first since the whole sorry fair started. Their operating profit is down to 450bn yen, and included a write down of 9.2bn yen allocated as compensation related to Ghosn. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP: SMALL CARS DOMINATING NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS

Listener of the show, Sam Burnett, got in touch with us to point out the interesting fact that SMMT’s New Car Registration segments, are driven by smaller cars. Private, Business and Fleet all have smaller cars in the Top Three.

We have the best listeners! Thank you Sam.

JOHN HAYNES CREATOR OF HAYNES MANUALS DIES

John Haynes, the creator of the Haynes Manual, the Haynes Publishing Group and Haynes International Motor Museum has passed away after a short illness. Click here for the Haynes website obituary. To read the excellent Autocar article click the link here.

JLR $4 BILLION WRITE-DOWN

Jaguar Land Rover has posted a £3.4 billion quarterly loss as it took a write-down in the value of its cars and plants. $1 billion will need to be raised within 14 months, according to Automotive News Europe, to replace bonds. This will not be done from the bond market though. To read more click the article here.

HYDROGEN RECEIVES GOVERNMENT BOOST

A competition to promote the use of hydrogen vehicles has announced the winners. Filling stations will be installed in the Tees Valley, where a large proportion of hydrogen is produced. Added to this five hydrogen cars will also be gained by Tees Valley. Hyundai/Toyota consortium was another winner. Riversimple will benefit too. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

WITRICITY BUYS QUALCOMM’S CHARGING BUSINESS

WiTricity, a competitor of Qualcomm in the wireless charging market, has bought their Halo business. Qualcomm will become a minority shareholder in WiTricity but no further financial details have been revealed. To read more click the Forbes article here.


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FORMULA E IS BACK THIS WEEKEND

Mexico will host the next round of the Formula E season. One of the interesting initiatives being fronted by both Formula E and the FIA is the first Girls on Track events, where girls between 8 and 18 can take part in an educational program, hoping to show career possibilities within motorsport from a grass-roots level upwards. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

There are talks underway that a night-time race may take place later this year, in Formula E. The current idea would be the opening round, for next season, at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

I-PACE ETROPHY DEBUTS IN MEXICO

The debut of the support series, to Formula E, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will take place at Mexico this weekend. To see what it is all about, how points will be scored, the format and more click the TWR Techeetah article here.

TOP GEAR IS BACK THIS WEEKEND AND LAZY BOY GARAGE DEBUTS

Andrew got over excited and was a week early with his claims that Top Gear was back. It is in fact this Sunda, 17 February. To see what the series has in store click the link here.

The new show Lazy Boy Garage debuts Wednesday 12 February at 20:00 on the Dave channel. To see more about the show click the Dave TV link here. Oh and keep an eye out for Alan! If you see him, that’s a drink.

LIST OF THE WEEK: LET’S HAVE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT THE PRETTIEST CARS ON SALE

Andrew Frankel compiles a list on the Top Gear site of what he declares are the loveliest cars you can buy right now. As ever, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we don’t agree with every choice, but it is a decent list. Click the link here to see the cars being suggested. What would you change?

AND FINALLY: FANCY BUYING BECKHAM’S OLD CAR?

David Beckham’s 2007 Range Rover Sport is going to auction, withe an estimate limit of £35,000. That’s quite pricey, but new it was £200,000. To read ore about this and what else is on offer click here for the Motoring Research article.


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