We're Not Childish - 27 August 2019


FOLLOW UP: GHOSN ACCUSED OF SIPHONING FUNDS

Carlos Ghosn has been accused of using Nissan funds to run a tech fund business after siphoning money through an executive friend in Oman, then some of it back to him via a Lebanon-based company. The defence team has accused the prosecution of trying to undermine their case by leaking information and "falsehoods" to the press. They state they will present their case in court. To read more click the Wall Street Journal link here.

FOLLOW UP: WHAT WAS LEARNED AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK

The Collecting Cars site has an interesting article explaining what those looking to sell and buy classic cars can learn from the event. Buyers have a more powerful hand as most cars did not reach the expected limits, putting pressure on those who bought the car as an investment. To read more click the link here.

FOLLOW UP: VW FIRED 204 MEMBERS OF STAFF

During the first quarter of the year, Volkswagen fired 204 employees for breaching company rules, following a tightening of action against rule breakers. This is being seen as part of the response from the company to trying to project a better public image by showing it is monitoring staff's behaviour. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

NEW VW LOGO

Volkswagen will be officially revealing their new logo at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, the eagle-eyed members of the car fraternity on the internet think they may have seen it already. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

SMART TRACKERS HAVE SECURITY VULNERABILITIES

Pen Test Partners have researched three well known smart trackers, for security vulnerabilities. Unfortunately they found them. All three have now fixed the issues, but the fact that Thatcham Research have accredited them in their work. The work by Pen Test Partners seems to suggest that only their ability to do the job they are sold to do has been checked. This raises questions to the accreditation and the manner in which Thatcham Research do their work. To read more click the Pen Test Partners article here.

EMISSION TARGETS PUT FOCUS ON CAR OWNERSHIP

The Science and Technology Committee has raised serious concerns over the actions by the Government in relation to the net-zero target by 2050. They point out 10 issues that need addressing in order to achieve the target. To read more click the Parliament article here.

One of the headline grabbing elements of this information was the issue of car ownership. The committee stated that replacing current vehicles with low emission versions will not help. In their opinion, for the long term, personal vehicle ownership is at odds with "significant decarbonisation". To read more click the Autocar article here.


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WRC GERMANY

Toyota were first, second and third in Germany, with Tanak leading the pack once again. His lead is up to 35 points now, with Neuville, in second, 13 points ahead of Ogier. To read more click the Total WRC article here.

OPEL CORSA-E RALLY CAR

Opel are creating rally versions of their new Corsa-e electric car. They will be raced in a one make series, in Germany. Doing so will help raise awareness of the capabilities of EVs, as well as be a great test mule for Citroën when it comes to moving over to hybrid and then full electric power for their rally cars. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FERDINAND PIECH DIES SUDDENLY

Ferdinand Piech, described as an engineer as well as CEO of Volkswagen, who rose to the largest car maker in the world under his stewardship, died suddenly over the weekend. He had a reputation as an uncompromising and bruising character to deal with, which he himself acknowledged in his autobiography. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

CAR DRIVES FAST AROUND NURBURGRING

Another week, another “fastest car around the ‘Ring” headline. This time Lync&Co sent a concept version of their 03 four-door electric vehicle around the infamous track, which now claims the fastest lap for a four-door, front-wheel-drive vehicle. Yawn. To read more click the Autocar article here.

ANOTHER CAR DRIVES FAST AROUND THE NURBURGRING

In a moment of potential hypocrisy, Alan explains why the Porsche Taycan’s lap around the ‘Ring actually is worthy of note. Claiming the fastest four-door EV lap time is interesting because other, well known, four-door “premium” EVs are unable to go too far without going into a limp mode, to protect the car, apparently. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: WITH MOSS IN THE MILLE MIGLIA

Thanks to a spot from Chris Pickering, we now know that the famous article, written by Denis Jenkinson, recounting the efforts of Sir Stirling Moss on the Mille Miglia are available to read on Motorsport’s site. This is an utterly fabulous tale which we strongly recommend you read by clicking the link here.

AND FINALLY: CITROËN BERLINGO VAN VS WRC RALLY STAR

Citroën decided having one of their star rally drivers taking motoring journalists around in a WRC car would be a bit passé, so instead, they lightly modified a Berlingo van and let Esapekka Lappi loose. We also were not childish in any when when talking about this and the pictures of Motoring Research’s Richard Aucock. We wouldn’t do that. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.


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