Episode 237: Share Your Shorts - 19 February 2019

FOLLOW UP: VW WIN COMPENSATION CLAIM

Volkswagen has won a claim for compensation, in a lower court in Brunswick. The plaintiff will appeal to the Federal Court of Justice though. If this does go to the Federal Court precedent would be set. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: PORSCHE CHARGED OVER #DIESELGATE

Stuttgart public prosecutor has begun proceedings against Porsche in relation to #Dieselgate. The claim is that they did not do enough to prevent emission manipulation infringements, according to Greg Kable.

FOLLOW UP: INT’L DRIVING PERMIT NOT NEEDED AS A TOURIST IN FRANCE

Thanks to information from Friend of the Show, Drew Faulkner, we have seen that the French Interior Ministry has confirmed that international driving permits will not be required by British tourists, in the event of Brexit.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN LOSES GOLDEN PARACHUTE

Renault has announced that they have scraped Carlos Ghosn’s ‘Golden Parachute’, reportedly worth $34 million. They have used a clause in the contract, that required his presence, which is a bit tricky right now. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN REPLACES LEGAL TEAM

Carlos Ghosn’s chief attorney, Motonari Otsuru, has resigned. Ghosn has replaced him with Hiroshi Kawatsu, and Junichiro Hironaka to head up the strategy. The appointments are expected to mark a more aggressive strategy. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

HONDA TO CLOSE SWINDON PLANT IN 2021

Honda officially announced that it will close the Swindon plant in 2021, as well as the plant in Turkey. Representatives have declared it had nothing to do with Brexit. To read the official statement from Honda click here. To read more click the Autocar opinion piece here. For more reading click the Motoring Research opinion piece here, outlining how Brexit may not be the culprit. For an indication of the full impact on jobs in the UK, click here for a Twitter thread from Pernille Rudlin.

HIGHWAYS WORKFORCE DECLARES ROAD CRISIS

Research from Re-flow has found that the highways sector has stated there is a road crisis, with a lack of effective scheduling and monitoring being one of the points of concern. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND DOES LISTEN

Following the reaction to work to the North West’s motorway network, where there is already significant work underway and more planned, Highways England has changed their plans to impact on drivers less. They are now going to stagger the various works, have fewer overnight diversions, increase speed limits in temporary zones, and better use of contraflows. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

TWITTER APPOINTS NEW INDUSTRY DIRECTOR

Guy Shueller, formally of Google, has been appointed the industry director of automotive, to help OEMs with the marketing campaigns. Oh goody. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.


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FORMULA E MEXICO

Another action packed race ended with Di Grassi overtaking Pascal Wehrlein just before the line to take the win. Wehrlein was then penalised for cutting across the chicane, after being bumped by Di Grassi, ending up in sixth. Antonio Felix da Costa was second, with Mortara third. There was a red flag during the race when Piquet impacted heavily with Vergne’s car. This took 25 minutes to clear up. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here. For the post race notes click here.

WRC SWEDEN

Ott Tanak won in Sweden, giving him the championship lead too. As ever, there was carnage during the weekend. Ogier crashed on Friday, ending any potentially meaningful score from the race. Latvala and Suninen both put their cars in snowbanks meaning Tanak just had to be careful for the win. To read more click the Autosport article here. Kris Meeke had the longest jump therefore getting the Colin’s Crest award, to read his tweet click here. Gronholm has announced his retirement from WRC after a disappointing and difficult return to the series, to read more click here.

TOYOTA’S PARALLEL POMEROY TROPHY

Alan went and drove at some cones this last weekend. This was part of the Parallel Pomeroy Trophy, staged by Toyota GB, to read their blog post click here. There was a fantastic array of cars there, click here to see Ian Seabrook’s video of the event.

LUNCHTIME READ: AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SAFETY MYTHS AND FACTS 2019

Once a year the manufacturers testing cars in California, release data of “disengagements”. This causes a flurry of badly researched articles. However, to counter this Filip Piekniewski dives into the numbers to show what is likely happening. Due to the flaws of the data this is the best we can do right now. To read his teardown and justifications click the article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: THE HITS AND MISSES OF THE GREATEST CAR DESIGNERS

Not content with one contentious article about car design, last week, we bring you another. This time Autocar has suggested the best and worst cars produced by famous car designers. To see the proposed suggestions click here.

AND FINALLY: 800BHP SAAB ASSAULTS PIKES PEAK

To cheer us all up, click here to watch a Saab 9-3, with 800bhp and an array of wings, tackle Pikes Peak.


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