Little Dragon Flag - 24 July 2019


FOLLOW UP: GHOSN SUES NISSAN

Carlos Ghosn has taken Nissan to court, seeking damages in the region of €15 million. The claim hinges on the due process not being followed, as outlined in Dutch law. No trial date has yet been set. To read more click the Reuters article here.

OLIVER ZIPSE IS NEW BMW CEO

BMW has announced that Oliver Zipse will take over the role of Chief Executive Officer, from Harald Krugger, effective from 16 August 2019. He will move from his current position as head of group planning and production strategy. To read more click the Autocar article here.

BMW TO CHARGE FOR APPLE CARPLAY SUBSCRIPTION

BMW will be rolling out a subscription fee for drivers who want to access Apple’s CarPlay on the iDrive 7.0 system. This seems a bemusing decision considering it is free on most budget vehicles and their targeted customers would expect their cars to come with it, at no extra cost. Time will tell if this is the start of additional subscriptions being wrapped up into the ongoing costs of new cars. To read more click the CAR Magazine article here.

CO2 LEVELS RISE IN FLEET LEASES

The levels of CO2 of fleet leases has risen to a five-year high, according to BVRLA Quarterly Leasing Survey. Average CO2 levels are now up 7% compared to last year. With the continued swing towards petrol, from diesel cars, the trend is expected to continue. Following the introduction of WLPT plug-in hybrids have reduced in availability and popularity, with full electric vehicles being a partial beneficiary. To read more click the Business Car article here.

VOLVO RECALLING 507,000 VEHICLES

Due to a potential fire risk, Volvo is recalling 507, 000 vehicles globally, that were made between 2014 and 2019 with the 2.0 4-cylinder diesel engine. There is the possibility that the plastic engine intake manifold could deform due to excessive heat. To read more and check which models are affected click the Automotive News Europe article here.

RIVERSIMPLE EXCEEDS FUNDING TARGET

Riversimple has beaten the target of £750,000, via crowdfunding, ending up at £811,818 before stopping the process. This is excellent news and the Motoring Podcast applaud the efforts of everyone at Riversimple in achieving this. To read more click the link to their Tweet.

NEW ROAD SAFETY IDEAS ANNOUNCED

The Department for Transport has announced a 74-point strategy to reduce the number of accidents on Britain’s roads. There are increases to fines, points and penalties. The introduction of new legislation. Suggestions for altering the standard and educational experience for learner drivers. Even the idea of a curfew for newly passed drivers. To read more click the Autocar article here.

DAIMLER AND BOSCH TO TRAIL LEVEL 4 PARKING

Daimler and Bosch have received approval for testing Level 4 technology and software, to enable driverless parking at the Mercedes Museum in Frankfurt. Amazingly, Andrew is positive about this news, because it is a controlled environment, that will hopefully not have members of the public or pedestrians anywhere near. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

BAIC ACQUIRES 5% IN DAIMLER

The Chinese company, BAIC, has announced acquiring 5% in Mercedes parent company, Daimler. There is much talk of joint-ventures, but it is not clear what both companies will actually get out of this. Beady eyes will be kept on this to monitor the situation. To read more click the Autocar article here.

NISSAN REFUSES QASHQAI RETROFIT REQUEST

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has tested many vehicles, in ‘real-world’ conditions, following the Dieselgate scandal. The Qashqai apparently emits up to 17 times the approved level of NOx. The DVSA has requested that Nissan retrofit technology to counter this, which they have refused to do. Other OEMs, such as Vauxhall and bizarrely Renault, have agreed to recall and address the issue. The car did not fail the mandatory test for approval. To read more click the Guardian article here.


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DESINGERS MOOD BOARD: NEW IAN CALLUM COMPANY

Ian Callum has announced what he is doing next, which is to set up his own engineering and design consultancy, targeting bespoke and limited edition cars. Callum, as the company is called, will be set up in Warwick. To read more click the CAR Magazine article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE EMPEROR’S FOOTSTEPS

Alan has been for a drive. Alan has written some words. These words, about that drive, is the topic for this week’s Lunchtime Read. Click through the link here to learn more about his journey along Route Napoléon.

LIST OF THE WEEK: CITROËN CENTENARY GATHERING

Kieth Adams attended the wonderful Citroën Centenary Gathering event, at Le Ferte-Vidame Chateau. He has highlighted a few of the more choice models on display, click the CAR Magazine link here to see more. Must have been tricky to pick only the few that he did.

AND FINALLY: JEEPS ARE CHILD PLAY

Jeep handed over several Wranglers, to engineering classes in schools, along with a few boxes of after market add-ons. The results are superb. Click through on the Top Gear link here to see more and revel in light bars, for light bars are good.

Thank you to Rachel Boagey for joining Andrew in Alan’s absence. To follow what Rachel is up to click on her Twitter handle here @RachelBoagey


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