Trying to be nice - 5 March 2019

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN GRANTED BAIL RELEASE IN DOUBT THOUGH

Carlos Ghosn’s new legal team has managed to secure bail, after appealing again to a Japanese court. The bail is set at 1 billion yen, roughly $8.9 million. Conditions are likely to include limitations on exchanging information with others and being under camera surveillance. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

However, the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office has appealed this decision, casting doubt on the timing of his release. To read more click the Autocar News Europe article here.

FEBRUARY 2019 NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES

February saw a rise of 1.4% in new car registrations, or as Alan calls them a “rounding error”. Typically February is a quiet month anyway, as people hold out for the new registration period in March. Diesel’s, once again, fell, with Alternative Fuelled Vehicles rising 34%. To read more click the SMMT article here.

VOLVO ANNOUNCE SPEED LIMITERS

Volvo announced that they will be fitting all their cars with speed limiters, set to 112mph (180kph). They stated this is part of their safety drive. The move will come into place from 2021. This would not be including the newly separated Polestar brand. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

DIRECT VISION STANDARD COMING TO HGVS

London will be pushing out it’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for lorries, this autumn. The idea is to address blindspots on HGVs. Vehicles will be rated on how well the driver can see out of the vehicle, without mirrors and cameras. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

CO2 EMISSIONS AT FIVE YEAR HIGH

JATO released information stating 20 of 23 European markets analysed have shown a rise in CO2 emissions. Only Norway, the Netherlands and Finland did not. A drop in diesel sales is directly linked to this change. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

CLASSIC CARS AND LONDON’S ULEZ

Classic and Sports Car has written an article about what you need to know, if you own a Classic Car and want to drive it into London after 8 April 2019. To find out more click the link here.

TESLA SLASHES PRICES AND CLOSES SHOWROOMS

Tesla has announced a cut in prices to their Model s and X, which brings it more in line with the Jaguar I-Pace and soon to arrive competition from other premium manufacturers. To enable the price drop and help make the $35,000 Model 3 promised long ago, Musk confirmed Tesla would shut their showrooms for cost reasons. To read more click the Guardian article here.


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FORMULA E: LONDON IS GO

News announced on the day of recording the show, from ABB FIA Formula E, is that there will be a London race in 2020. Interestingly, part of the track will run inside ExCeL near Canary Wharf. To see more and register for the race click the link here.

FORMULA E: MERCEDES REVEALS THEIR LIVERY FOR THE 2019/20 SEASON

Mercedes-Benz will be joining Season 6 of the Formula E series, and they have just revealed their rather snazzy livery. To see it click the link to their Tweet here.

CHRONOS AND CARS AT BAC LIVERPOOL

Alan and Andrew were in the same place at the same time this weekend, so they went and stood in a factory together. A rather special factory. Chronos and Cars worked in conjunction with BAC Ltd to allow a small number of interested folk attend an event to showcase the company, the ethos and the cars. To see some of what it was like click the Flickr link here to see Peter Taylor’s rather excellent photographs.

To see the cars up close, in various stages of build and hear from the founders and staff was a privilege. Thank you to all at Chronos and Cars and BAC Ltd for organising the event. To follow Chronos and Cars on Twitter click here for their account.

LIST OF THE WEEK: UK CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The chaps do not normally include Car of the Year awards, on the show, however the UK Car of the Year Awards is an exception due to the judging panel they have. There is a wide variety of outlets represented by those who pick the winners, which also includes Alex Goy and Tom Ford, former Rear View guests. To read through the category and overall winner click the link here.

AND FINALLY: ROSS LOWELL INVENTOR OF GAFFER TAPE HAS DIED

The inventor of Gaffer Tape, Ross Lowell, has sadly passed away at the age of 92. To read some of the amazing things he has done click here for his Wikipedia page.


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