Funny Coloured Vegetables - 4 June 2019

UK CAR PRODUCTION DROPS ON SHUTDOWN

The results of the planned factory shutdowns, due to the anticipated Brexit exit, have shown that production fell 44.5 percent for the industry. There is no clear indication that factories will have a second shutdown on 31 October. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

STOLEN VEHICLE CLAIMS UP 22 PERCENT IN 2019

The Members of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have announced their first quarter payouts for stolen vehicle claims. There has been a rise of 22 percent on this time last year. Keyless car theft is being blamed. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

PARKING SPACE DATA OFFERED TO APP DEVELOPERS

The Government has created standardised data on parking spaces, which it hopes local councils and companies that produce parking data will adopt and open up to the potential for apps to be created enabling drivers to find the most suitable space for their needs. To read more click the BBC News article here.

MADRID COULD SCRAP LOW-EMISSION ZONE

Madrid could be the first city in Europe to scrap their low-emission zone. Following recent local elections the presumed mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, is expected to reverse the implementation of the zone. However, the retention of the low-emission zone is anticipated to be fought in the city council and the courts. To read more click The Guardian article here.

HOLYROOD REJECTS 20MPH PROPOSAL

A proposal for reducing the speed limit on restricted roads to 20mph was rejected by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee at Holyrood. The notion that "one size fits all" was felt to be inappropriate. However, the committee did support the aims of the idea. To read more click The Press and Journal article here.

KIA RECALLS NIRO CARS

The Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are being voluntarily recalled by Kia, globally. There is a potential overheating issue with an electrical relay. 5020 vehicles are thought to be effected by this recall, which were built between November 2016 and September 2017. To find out how to contact Kia and more about this matter click the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E: NIO START TESTING

NIO started their first development testing at Mallory Park, on Tuesday 4 June 2019, ahead of Season Six. Following this initial chassis testing the next step is for more in-depth testing in Spain, next month. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

WRC PORTUGAL

Ott Tanak won his second race on the bounce, after completing a challenging round in Portugal. Thierry Neuville was second, with Seb Ogier clinching third after Chris Meeke retired in the final stage. Ogier remains in the lead for the Championship, by two points, followed by Tanak and Neuville third, only 10 points behind the Citroën driver. To read more click the Autosport article here.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: IAN CALLUM LEAVES JAGUAR

On the day of recording, the shock news that Ian Callum will leave Jaguar, after 20 years as design director, was revealed. He will remain as a consultant, but Julian Thomson the current creative design director will take over. To read more click the Autocar article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: OVERLANDING

The BBC News site has an article about people rediscovering the Overlanding. We are not sure people are rediscovering it, as they've always done it, but for those who dream of an adventure into the wilds with a vehicle we strongly recommend clicking the link here for further inspiration.

LIST OF THE WEEK: NINE STRANGEST REBADGED CARS

Gary Axon has written a list of the strangest car rebadging job, for the Goodwood Road and Racing site. There are some very bizarre couplings. Click here for the list and gaze in wonder yourself.

AND FINALLY: CAR COLOURS BY SPECIFIC MODEL SITE

Thanks to someone tweeting the link, which Andrew negligently didn't make a note of who it was, we now have a cracking website that you can enter a car make and model to find out how many were sold in each of the colours on offer, in the UK. Click here to go down the rabbit hole on the Car Colours website.


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