Sounds A Bit Chancery - 19 March 2019

FOLLOW UP: VW SUED BY SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Volkswagen and the former CEO Martin Winterkorn, for misleading investors, by not disclosing #Dieselgate. VW has said it will vigorously contest the lawsuit. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FORD CONFIRMS UK JOB LOSES

As part of cost-cutting in their European operations, Ford has announced that 5000 jobs will be going in Germany. The amount the UK will loose has not been confirmed yet. To read more click the Autocar article here.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECALL DUE TO EMISSIONS

JLR are recalling 44,389 vehicles in the UK, with as yet to be determined amount for Europe too. The cars were found to be emitting more CO2 in a lab setting than the NEDC tests stated. Who actually announced this is disputed, between the Vehicle Certification Agency and Jaguar Land Rover. There are also some questions about the side effects the fix will have, which JLR state will not change performance. To read more click here for the Automotive News Europe article.

STIGMATISING DIESEL COULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES

Alex Robbins, writing in the Telegraph, has discussed how the current anti-diesel narrative could impact on higher CO2 emissions and then end up causing as much, if not more pollution issues as people rush to buy petrol cars. To read more click the Telegraph article here. Please note this is behind a freemium paywall.

PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS GOING BACK INTO PRODUCTION

Porsche has announced that there will be a limited re-run of production for the 911 GT2 RS after a cargo ship carrying a batch for South America sank off the coast of Mexico. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.


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FORMULA E: SANYA

This weekend Formula E rolls into China for the Sanya E-Prix. To see the track layout click the link here, including a sneak peak at the Attack Zone.

To find out how to watch the race, if you’re in the UK click the link here. Note, if you live outside the UK, click on the location drop down menu at the top of the article!

Nissan’s powertrain is been investigated by the technical powers that be. Several questions have been raised by other teams, which has led to the agreement to look into the matter. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: WHO WAS REALLY AT FAULT IN FATAL UBER CRASH?

Thanks to (at) bothhanddrive for brining this excellent article to our attention. This is a lengthy but very good read, discussing the implications and issues surrounding the accident involving the Uber autonomous technology testing vehicle and Elaine Herzberg. To read it click the link for the azcentral article here.

There is also an excellent article from Ed Niedermeyer, writing in The Drive, discussing the lessons we should learn from this terrible incident. Click here to read more.

AND FINALLY: HOW TO PRONOUNCE COUNTACH

Following on from the help that Porsche has given us previously, in Pronoucement Avenue, we have a video telling us how to say “Countach”. Thanks to Nick Appleton for tweeting that out. Click here to learn that vital lesson.


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