Episode 234: Weather Forecasting Sheep - 5 February 2019

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW

Carlos Ghosn may have been denied bail, even after offering a lot in return, but he has been allowed 20 minutes to talk to Nikkei. In this interview he outlines how it this is a plot by Nissan execs and that he is innocent of all charges. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: JD CLASSICS FOUNDER SUED

The Administrators for JD Classics have launched a legal bid to sue Derek Hood for £64 million. They claim he over inflated car prices at the dealership. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: FORD CONFIRMS BRIDGEND JOB LOSSES

Ford has now confirmed that 370 jobs will be lost at the Bridgend plant. Voluntary redundancies were being sought from hourly and salaried staff. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP: SECOND APPLE WORKER ACCUSED OF AV INFO THEFT

A hardware engineer, from Apple, has been charged with stealing autonomous vehicle secrets for a Chinese company. The case is ongoing, to read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

JANUARY 2019 NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

The New Car Registration figure, for the UK, was down 1.6% compared to January 2018. Fleet and particularly Business markets were down, with private slightly up. Diesel, again was down, with Alternative Fuel Vehicles up 26.3%. To read more click the SMMT article here.

NISSAN MOVES FUTURE X-TRAIL PRODUCTION TO JAPAN

Nissan announced that it will now not be building the new X-Trail in Sunderland. Much comment and an awful lot of nonsense has been written and spoken since the decision became public. There are many reasons why this is happening, including Brexit and the on-going uncertainty with the type of ‘deal’ Britain will end up with, the anti-diesel narrative are but two aspects of this. To read more click the Autocar article here.

To read about the Brexit pledge letter, click the Motoring Research article here.

To read about Nissan needing to reapply for financial aid, click the Automotive News Europe article here.

To read Nick Gibb’s well thought out, as ever, comments regarding this news click here.

PORSCHE DECLARED WRONG 911 FUEL CONSUMPTION

Porsche has admitted, to the German Transport Ministry, that the fuel and emission figures submitted for the outgoing 911 (991-series) in 2016 and 2017 were incorrect. This could result in a hefty fine for the manufacturer. The extent of the miscalculation is not known yet. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MERCEDES AND BOSCH EMISSION LAWSUIT GREEN LIGHT

A US class action has been granted the go-ahead by a federal judge in New Jersey, involving Mercedes-Benz and Robert Bosch, who have been accused of diesel-emissions cheating. This involves Mercedes BlueTEC vehicles. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.


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DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: WAYNE BURGESS HEADS GEELY UK DESIGN CENTRE

The former Jaguar production and SVO vehicles Design Director, Wayne Burgess, became Head of Design at Geely Group’s new UK design facility. The industry rock star, will be uncharge of roughly 60 creative staff. The first project is for Lotus Group, which makes us at the podcast very exited. To read more click the Form Trends article here.

TOP GEAR IS BACK

Top Gear returns to our screens this weekend, Sunday 10 February, in the final run of Matt Le Blanc, Chris Harris and Rory Read.

LIST OF THE WEEK: WHATCAR? AWARDS 2019

This was meant to be included in last week’s show, but due to Andrew’s illness we have held it over. To see who won what click the link here.

AND FINALLY: BLIND MAN LAPS TOP GEAR TRACK

With the help of Toyota, Dr Amit Patel got behind the wheel of a car for the first time since he lost his sight in 2013. He did this on the Top Gear Test Track. Click the link here to watch this amazing story. Now, excuse me as I have something in my eye.


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