FOLLOW UP: AUDI ACCUSED OF USING FOUR DEFEAT DEVICES
Audi has been accused of using four separate defeat devices in their V6 diesel engine, according to two German publications. Only one of these devices has been deemed illegal. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: MADRID MAYOR PAUSES LOW EMISSION MEASURES
The new mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has announced a moratorium on the low emission measures in Madrid City, whilst they are reevaluated. This means older, more polluting, cars can once again freely drive into the city centre. According to readings, the measures have had an amazing effect on the quality of the air, reducing the rate of nitrogen dioxide by up to 48 percent. There are many questioning the wisdom and motivation of such a move. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.
FOLLOW UP: PSA ANNOUNCE ASTRA BUILD SITES
The PSA Group has announced where the next Astra will be built. The Russelsheim plant will be one location and dependent on the UK's exit terms from the EU, Ellesmere Port. To read more click the PSA press release here.
UK CAR PRODUCTION DROPS AGAIN
For the 12 month in a row UK car production has dropped, this time by 16% in May. There is growing concern from within the industry as this trend does not appear to have an end in sight, as the 2019 is down 21% so far. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.
IDLING DRIVERS COULD FACE BIGGER FINE
In a proposal from the Government, drivers who unnecessarily let their car idle will face stiffer fines. Currently, the fine ranges between £20 and £80. Added to this repeat offenders will receive even more punitive punishment. The proposals will be released for public consultation. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
PORSCHE RECALLS 340,000 CARS DUE TO AUTO GEARBOX ISSUES
340,000 Cayenne and Panamera cars are globally being recalled by Porsche, due to a part failure within the automatic gearbox that might cause the car to roll when in park. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
MAZDA TO DITCH TOUCHSCREENS
In news that brings joy to Andrew's heart, Mazda has announced it will be removing touchscreens from their cars. This starts with the new Mazda 3 model. Currently, in the rest of the range, the touchscreen cannot be, erm, touched, whilst the car is moving. This is happening in the name of safety, flying in the face of some OEMs who seem to want to put more and more in a cabin. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
ELECTRIC CARS TO MAKE A SOUND BELOW 12MPH
A new law means that electric vehicles, with at least four wheels, must make a warning sound at less than 12mph, to help pedestrians know they are approaching. Safety is not the only good news, we get another acronym, AVAS or acoustic vehicle alert system will have to be fitted to all electric only vehicles sold from 1 July 2019 and hybrids from July 2021. To read more click the Autocar article here.
LOOKERS SALES PROCESS BEING INVESTIGATED
The dealer group Lookers is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over their sales processes for regulated activities, for the period between January 2016 and June 2019. This has occurred after the 2018 annual report disclosed that a review is required. The company commissioned an independent audit which has been shared with the FCA. To read more click the Asset Finance International article here.
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DESIGNERS MOOD BOARD: JORGE DIEZ HEADS MITSUBISHI EUROPE DESIGN
Jorge Diez will now be head Mitsubishi's Europe Design, which is located near Frankfurt. Added to that he will be vice president of Mitsubishi Motor R&D Europe. He joins the company after 18 years experience within the VW Group. To read more click the Auto Design Magazine article here.
LUNCHTIME READ: RING AROUND EUROPE
Alan wrote some words, yes, wrote some words, about his recent tour of Europe in a few Hyundai i30 models. Click the article here as you will find out why and where he went.
LIST OF THE WEEK: GREATEST SUPERCARS NEVER MADE
Autocar has a cracking list of some amazing vehicles that never made it as far as the factory floor after teasing us with a concept. To see the gallery, click the link here.
AND FINALLY: JAPANESE COMPANY MAKING MERCS GREAT AGAIN
Arrows, a Kanagawa located company is taking W124 and S124 Mercedes back almost to factory fresh standards, which is pretty good but they're making them better than that. To read more about the glorious embracing of originality click the link here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
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