Context is Key - 8 May 2019

FOLLOW UP: PORSCHE SETTLE EMISSION CHEATING CLAIM

Stuttgart prosecutors have fined Porsche €535 million, for "neglecting supervisory obligations" over diesel emission cheating, after the company did not appeal the penalty. There are still ongoing investigations into individuals at Porsche. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

FOLLOW UP: CHINA INVESTIGATING EU INVESTIGATION

China has asked for more information, following the EU move to claim Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen colluded over emission technology. Whilst Daimler expects not to be fined due to whistle blowing in the the EU, the same would not happen in China. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

FOLLOW UP: DETAILS OF STADLER CALLS LEAKED

Rupert Stadler calls to other executives within the Volkswagen group have been leaked, after prosecutors found the recordings on his Wife's phone. To read more click the short thread from Greg Kable here.

NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR APRIL 2019

The overall figures are, once again, down. The new car market reduced 4.1%, with fleet demand helping to minimise the damage. Alternative fueled vehicles rose, but plug-in hybrids dropped significantly. To read more click the link to the SMMT figures here.

BMW FIRST-QUARTER PROFIT DROPS

BMW has posted a first-quarter profit of €589 million, a reduction of 78% on last year's figures. The main reason was setting aside €1.4 billion for a potential fine if the allegations of collusion are proved. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.

SMART BOSS MOVED AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR

Katrin Adt took over the helm of the Daimler subsidiary less than a year ago, however she will be moved to the newly created Mercedes-Benz Cars Own Retail Europe. Daimler also announced it would be pulling Smart from the US and Canadian markets. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

GOOGLE ADS ARE NOT ALL THEY SEEM

Paid for adverts, on Google, are promoting companies that charge for a service that is free, such as amending details on a driving license. Just double check, if putting such a search term in, that you do not click an ad that charges you for a free service elsewhere. To read more click the BBC News article here.

EDINBURGH TO BAN POLLUTING VEHICLES

Edinburgh is investigating creating a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to cover the entire city, rather than just the centre. Only Euro 6 diesels and Euro 4 and above petrol engines would be permitted. The initial zone is expected to start in 2020 but no details have been given on phasing an expansion. To read more click The Scotsman article here.

POLICE TO BE GIVEN MORE PROTECTION FOR CAR CHASES

Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has proposed that police drivers who are chasing moped riding suspects will be given more legal protection. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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FORMULA E: MONACO

This weekend will see Formula E return to Monaco, with the Attack Zone being moved from the pit lane. To read more about that decision click the e-racing365 article here.

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WRC GOES TO CHILE

WRC moves on to Chile this weekend. Andrew will be attempting his in depth review again for next week's show. You have been warned.

DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: NEW HYUNDAI DESIGN CHIEF

Simon Loasby, the new head of Hyundai Styling Group, has discussed how electrification and autonomous vehicles can lead to a change of their design language, in the future. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO DRIVE

This article, from The New Yorker, discusses the Human Driving Association founded by Alex Roy and the centre principles of protecting the right to own a car and for the car to have a steering wheel. To read this excellent piece click the link here.

AND FINALLY: PORSCHE IS REPRINTING OWNER MANUALS

Porsche is now reprinting original owner's manuals for their vintage models. This is part of their Porsche Classic service. Yet another step to ensuring your Porsche is the most authentic it can be. To read more click the Automobile article here.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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