Dear Comrade - 13 August 2019


MERCEDES FACING 1BN EURO FINE

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly facing a fine of 1 billion euros, covering 280,000 diesel-powered E and C-Class cars that are supposed to be fitted with illegal defeat devices. The German motor vehicle authority expects the investigation to continue for the rest of 2019. To read more click the Autocar article here.

GOVERNMENT DOUBLES EV STREET CHARGING FUND

The Government has allocated a further £2.5 million to allow for an additional 1,000 charge-points on residential streets. This is all part of the Road to Zero fund. There is no confirmation if this is new funding or reallocated funding. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

LOTUS BRAND REVAMP CONTINUES

Lotus revealed their new logo, which is part of their brand revamp. The new logo is a flat design which has been created by the usual calm reaction from the internet. To read more click the Autocar article here.

CALL TO BAN PRIVATE CARS

A think-tank, called Common Wealth, has produced a report in which they advocate for private cars to come under the control of a centralised transport organisation. To read more click the link to the article and report here.

RECOMMENDATION TO BAN HANDS-FREE CALLS

In a remarkably rare moment, the Commons Transport Select Committee has consulted experts and made a suggestion based on facts and research that would make drivers safer, which the podcast agrees with. This has been met with howls of outrage. The suggestion is for hands-free calls to be banned due to the level of distraction they cause drivers. To read more click the BBC News article here.

BRIT EU DRIVING OFFENCES MAINLY COME FROM FRANCE

Research by AlcoSense Laboratories has revealed that 75% of the European driving offences, by British drivers, are recorded in France, with Germany a distant second. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

This ties into another article from Motoring Research that warns that French speed cameras are less lenient than in the UK. Apparently, the cameras are set to five percent over the speed limit. To read more click the article here.

CAR THIEVES CAN STEAL SOME CARS IN 10 SECONDS

WhatCar? has investigated new car security, and found that some are stealable within 10 seconds. Some models do worse than others, with some manufacturers adding layers of security to their keyless entry fobs. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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CHADWICK WINS INAUGURAL W SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

After a tense final round at Brands Hatch, Jamie Chadwick was crowned the 2019 W Series Champion. Congratulations to Jamie and all who took part and helped organise the excellent series. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

LUNCHTIME WATCH: TWO VIDEOS SHOWING PORSCHE'S JOURNEY

This week, we have found two videos that help to show the extent of the journey Porsche has been on, to get to the point where their new electric supercar is ready for people to try.

To watch Chris Harris drive the Type 64, click the link here.

To watch Johnny Smith drive the Taycan, click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: BIG-SELLING AMERICAN CARS THAT FLOPPED IN EUROPE

Ethan jump has put together a list of cars that did rather well over there, but failed to match that over here. Click the Motoring Research link here to run through the vehicles that failed to find buyers in Europe.

AND FINALLY: NEW JUKE CAUGHT TESTING

We have moaned about a lack of new Nissans, and scoffed the teaser shot of the new Juke. Dave The AutoBear has captured a Juke testing, in full cammo. To see this click the link here.

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