Cheaper With 9 Points - 14 May 2019

FOLLOW UP: Ghosn Didn’t Receive Money Via Oman And There Ain’t Going To Be No Merger

Ghosn’s lawyer is vehemently denying that he could have diverted any money into his personal funds via Oman, as alleged according to Automotive News. In highly-related news, Nissan are continuing to push back at Renalut tries to nuzzle ever closer to a merger. Automotive News story here.

FOLLOW UP: Swindon To Close in 2021

It’s becoing extremely likely that Honda’s Swindon plant will close in 2021 when manufacture of the Civic and CR-V moves abroad according to a tweet from Peter Campbell of the FT.

Ellesmere Port: A New Hope

PSA may ove production of the Peugeot 308 from France and combine the production line with the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in either Ellesmere Port or Russelsheim, but which one will probably depend on a UK/EU trade deal, say Automotive News.

Many, Faster Public EV Chargers To Come This Year

BP Chargemaster plan to install 400 150kW by 2021, with 100 of them at 50 sites by the end of 2019, says Autocar. Everybody but Ecotricity seem to be doing similar.

Polestar Over Coventry

Volvo’s EV performance brand, Polestar, is to open a new R&D centre in Coventry thanks to its concentration of automotive engineering expertise, according to Motoring Research.

Car Insurance Cheaper With 9 Points Than No No Claims Bonus

Research by a car leasing firm has discovered that, in some circumstances, a person could be seem as less risk to an insurance company with nine penalty point on their licence than with zero years of no claims bonus. IN some cases garaging a car may also be more expensive than parking it in the street. More in this Motoring Research story.

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FormulaE drivers enjoyed the luxury of a wide, smooth track in Monaco and Jean-Eric Vergne made his way past pole-position Oliver Rowland for a win. All of the results can be found here and the e-racing365 Post-Race Notebook is here.


Another WRC race of attrition ended with 3 different manufacturers taking the podium spots. The winner was Ott Tanak, but not without a fight. The Autosport round-up is here and you can read the many sweary words of a penalised Kris Meeke here.

LUNCHTIME READ: Japfest - Hunting Out The Classics

Chris Pollitt braved the fug of vape smoke and fought his way through the seas of MX-5 and Skyline to pick out the finest classic Japanese metal that was on display at Silverstone last weekend. Read his article on Car & Classic.

LIST OF THE WEEK: J.D. Power Mixes It Up

The J.D. Power 2019 UK Vehicle Dependability Study measures the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles across a number of categories and, frankly, messes with our minds and preconceptions. Here’s the Motoring Research list.

AND FINALLY: Bentley Smells

Bentley have commissioned perfumiers to create bespoke scents inspired by their founder’s passion for travel. Well, that’s what the PR bumph says and, boy, there’s a lot of it. I’m sure it’s meaningful to someone… Here’s a link to the press release.


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