I Can String A Word - 28 May 2019

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN PRE-TRAIL HEARING BEGINS

Carlos Ghosn’s pre-trial hearing begins in japan, after which neither side is allowed to bring forward new evidence. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: ERRATUM

During the Hyundai Kone EV Special Edition, Alan mis-spoke and the engine capacities of the internal combustion Kona models are 1.0 and 1.6 litres, not 1.2 litres as stated.

VW AND SAMSUNG IN BATTERY SUPPLY WRANGLE

VW is re-negotiating its $56 billion battery supply deal with Samsung after the initially-agreed 20 GigaWatt hours agreement was revised to 5 GigaWatt hours. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

RENAULT - FCA MERGER

Renault and FCA have proposed a “merger-of-equals” that would make them one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers. What would this mean for the Renault / Nissan / Mitsubishi Alliance? Who wins and who loses? Stories from Automotive News Europe: FCA promises major gains for Nissan and Mitsubishi, Nissan is the big loser of an FCA / Renault merger and FCA / Renault merger is born of desperation.

EV CORNER

This week we bundled a bunch of small stories together.

NEW CRAZY-FAST EV CHARGERS

IONITY has opened the first 350kW charging station at Maidstone Services. Great news for iPace, eTrona nd forthcoming Taycan drivers.. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FERRARI TO UNVEIL HYBRID

Ferrari will unveil their first hybrid today. Speculation is rife and rumours conflict, but keep an eye on the internet if you’re curious. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E: BERLIN

This year’s Berlin ePrix was won by Lucas di Grassi from 2nd place on the grid. More news in the e-racing365 Post-Race Notebook.

LIST OF THE WEEK: THE GREATEST CARS EVER WITH POP-UP HEADLIGHTS

Autocar has produced a list of the coolest cars ever to wear pop-up headlamps. The slideshow worked for both of so we don’t really know why Andrew still grumbles. To see the list click here.

LUNCHTIME READ: HOW A COUNTRY PUB BECAME A CAR CULTURE HUB

A long format from Alex Goy on Jalopnik about how Caffeine and Machine came about and its first-summer success. Click here to read the story and here to watch the video Rich mentioned.

AND FINALLY: LAST CHANCE TO BUY A MUSCLE CAR

At the end of August the Chevrolet LS motor stops being Euro-compliant, so it’s your last chance to order up a Camaro or Corvette. Story from Motoring Research.

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REAR VIEW PODCAST

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