FOLLOW UP: GHOSN RETIREMENT DEAL
An outside governance panel has confirmed that Hiroto Saikawa signed off Carlos Ghosn's retirement package. This is part of a further investigation into how Nissan can improve their governance. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
Associated with this, it is being reported that Saikawa will not retire as had been previously announced. He is expected to stay for another three years. To read more click The Truth About Cars article here.
VOLVO RECORD ATTEMPT
In an attempt to break the record for single-make cars in a parade in one place, owners of Volvos gathered at Bruntingthorpe. Over 1000 cars attended the event, which should mean that the record is broken, once Guiness World Records confirm in a few weeks. To see some of the amazing cars that turned up click the Autocar article here.
WLTP TEST LOOPHOLE CLOSED
The European Commission is tightening the WLTP test criteria following accusations that manufacturers are over reporting the CO2 emissions, due to running in modes that increased the amount coming out the tailpipe. To read more click the excellent Motoring Research article here.
U.S. HYUNDAI SANTA FE SHUTDOWN BY POLICE
The police in the US have taken advantage of Hyundai's optional extra, Blue Link, which includes a system called "Vehicle Safeguard" that can allow the police to gradually reduce engine power, helping to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop. This is not an option in the UK. To see the original Tweet click here.
TOYOTA ANNOUNCES SECOND SECURITY BREACH IN FIVE WEEKS
Toyota's main offices in Japan has had their IT systems breached by hackers. Up to 3.1 million customer details were in the servers affected. Toyota are at pains to stress that no financial details were exposed in the hack, but no more information was released. Toyota Vietnam and Toyota Thailand announced incidents on the same day. Toyota Australia was hit in late February. To read more click the ZDNet article here.
SPEEDING CONVICTION RATES ARE LOCATION DEPENDANT
The RAC Foundations has investigated the conviction rates of the police forces of the UK. They have found that there is a large difference depending on where you are. To find out more click the EVO Magazine link here.
GRIDSERVE TO BUILD 100 ELECTRIC FORECOURTS
Gridserve, an energy company, has confirmed it will build more than 100 'Electric Forecourts' across the UK. The £1 billion project is expected to start in 2019. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
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FORMULA E: PIQUET LEAVES JAGUAR
Nelson Piquet Jr has been replaced by Alex Lynn at Panasonic Jaguar Racing. This is on the back of ending the third consecutive race due to crashing. He also struggled last season after an encouraging start. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.
In a heartbreaking final stage, Elfyn Evans suffered a puncture that moved him from first to third, handing victory to Thierry Neuville and Sebastian Ogier an unlikely second place. Ogier struggled all weekend, as he couldn't get comfortable with the car. Neuville fought hard to get within striking distance of Evans, but for the Welshman to out drive him. Tanak, who was leading the championship suffered a puncture on Saturday that dropped him back two minutes, to an eventual sixth place. To read more click the Autosport article here.
DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: KABAN MOVED ON BY BMW
Jozef Kaban is being moved to Rolls Royce, from BMW, where he has been the head of the design studio since 2017. Kaban is replaced by Domagoj Dukec, an internal appointment. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here and for more thought about what this move means for both Kaban and BMW click the Driven To Write article here.
AND FINALLY: ROADSTER LIFE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Friend of the show Matteo Licata has started the Roadster Life YouTube channel, a companion to his site, Roadster Life. He demonstrates how to draw cars in his wonderfully entertaining manner. Click here to visit the channel.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on Apple Podcasts click here.