Tents are the Future - 30 July 2019


FOLLOW UP: UK CIVIL CASE AGAINST VW COURT DATE

The class-action civil case, against Volkswagen with regards to #dieselgate, will be heard in the UK in the Spring of 2020. Those claiming damages are seeking in the region of £2000 per car, for the 95,000 claimants. In order to receive this money they will have to prove that the defeat-device was illegal in the UK, that the claimants suffered loss as a consequence of the fixes which are supposed to have cause damage and that VW sold the cars deceitfully. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: SOME EURO 6 DIESELS ARE DIRTIER THAN THOUGHT

An organisation pushing to be allowed part of the emission testing pie, has produced a report allegeding some Euro 6 diesel engines emit far more NOx in real-world conditions than when tested. The Nissan Qashqai is one, as discussed last week. They have graded cars according to how well they have done in their testing. Of note, some cars are in fact better than their laboratory test. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

FOLLOW UP: PSA REPEAT ASTRA PRODUCTION DEPENDS ON TRADING CONDITIONS

Carlos Tavares has, once again, stated that the next generation Astra may not go to Ellesmere Port if Brexit makes production unprofitable. This has, somehow, surprised many, even though they did make that clear on the announcement not so long ago. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

NISSAN CUTTING 12500 JOBS WORLDWIDE

Following their recent financial announcements, where their operating profit has all but disappeared, Nissan has stated they will be shedding 12,500 jobs globally, with 6,000 already gone. They will also be trimming their model range and production capacity by 2022. Alan and Andrew discuss this, offering some possible ideas as to why the seemingly rudderless company is struggling. To read more click the BBC News article here.

ASTON MARTIN REVISE SALES TARGETS

Aston Martin has revised their sales targets following a slowdown in demand in Europe and the Middle East. The share price dropped on the news but the management team has announced scaling back on investment plans and management of inventory. To read more click the BBC News article here.

JLR ANNOUNCE £395 MILLION LOSS IN Q1

Jaguar Land Rover, continuing a theme on this week’s show, announced a loss of nearly £400 million in the first quarter. The Brexit shutdown and continuing fall in sales are to blame. This wasn’t exactly unexpected news, as the restructuring of plants and their model range takes time. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORD AXING KA+

In another move that is to be expected, following recent announcements from Ford, the Ka+ city car will be removed from their offerings. The car was never really a large seller, in this country, and most buyers will just move up to the Fiesta we presume. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

BMW PONDER MODEL CUTS

BMW is another manufacturer that is considering the difficult decisions of which models to cut from their range. Following the news that they have lost the crown of largest selling premium manufacturer to Mercedes, something had to happen. Combined with this, there are always changes when a new CEO comes in. To read more click the Automobile article here.

GOVERNMENT ADDS PETROL ENGINES TO CAR PURCHASE SCHEME

The UK Government has removed several diesel engine options from the Car Purchasing Scheme, to be replaced by petrol and hybrid vehicles. We can see the sense in hybrids, but petrol seems a tad shortsighted especially as there has already been an increase in CO2 following the public switching. To read more click the Company Car Today link and flick to page 4 to read more.


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FORMULA E: BLOMQVIST KEEN TO RETURN

Tom Blonqvist has declared how he would like to return to Formula E next season. Previously he drove for half a season with an under-performing Andretti car, where he was blamed for accidents that many did not feel were his fault. To read more click the e-racing 365 article here.

WRC FINLAND

WRC returns, this time for the 1000 Lakes rally. Paddon crashed out during testing and will miss the event. Elfyn Evans was already missing following doctor’s advice, after a particularly heavy landing in Estonia whilst testing the car. Always fast and with big jumps this rally will be as unpredictable as every one has been this season!

SAY NO TO COLWORTH CAMPAIGN

There is a campaign to stop development of thousands of housing, very close to Santa Pod, which would inevitably lead to the serious restriction or closure of the only purpose built drag strip in the UK. We fully back this as far too often motor racing is hit by the ever spread of housing in areas that shouldn’t be built on. To read moe and add your support, by signing the petition, click the Say No to Colworth link here.

LUNCHTIME READ: HOW TO BUILD THE ULTIMATE CAMPERVAN

To help balance out against all the doom and gloom Autocar has sat down and tried to design the ultimate campervan, without going down the “must have every toy on board” route. The result is a wonderful creation that we feel hits the nail on the head perfectly. Click the link here to find out how they came up with the result.

LIST OF THE WEEK: CARS THAT SAVED THE COMPANY

Again searching for more upbeat articles we came across this one which list cars that saved the companies that made them. There are a few companies that want such cars again right now. To run through the list click the Autocar link here.

AND FINALLY: HOME MODIFIED RUSSIAN CARS INSTAGRAM

Hooniverse has put forward an Instagram account it recommends we all should follow, to see the magnificence/horror of Russian home modified cars. To see more click the link here.


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