Everything Has Changed - 6 August 2019


FOLLOW UP: MUNICH PROSECUTOR CHARGES STADLER

Rupert Stadler and three others have been charged by the German Public Prosecutor’s office in Munich, with regards to the Dieselgate scandal. The charges are for false certification and criminal advertising practices. The three other, unidentified defendants have also been charged with developing defeats device containing engines. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: ASTON MARTIN Q1 RESULTS

Aston Martin announced a pre-tax loss of £78.8 million for the first quarter. Lower than expected European sales added to the cost of expansion were the reasons given. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FOLLOW UP: AIR INDEX CLARIFICATION

Last week we questioned how legitimate the AIR Index report was about the amount of NOx Euro6 diesels were emitting in ‘real-world’ conditions. Friend of the show and sometime presenter, Alex Grant got in touch to give us some background info into AIR Index and the testing that Emission Analytics does on their behalf. Their work is legitimate and official testing results are, following changes, aligning with Emission Analytics. To read more on what was mentioned during the podcast check out the links below;

AIR Testing Methodology

ICCT Report from Emission Analytics NOx Report in 2014

ICCT Dieselgate Announcement

Fleet World article written by Alex Grant

NEW CAR REGISTRATION FIGURES JULY 2019

SMMT has reeled the New Car Registration figures for July 2019. There is another fall, this time 4.1%, the lowest level since July 2012. The year to date level is also down, 3.5% so far. To read more click the SMMT article here.

UK MANUFACTURING FALLS IN FIRST HALF OF 2019

UK manufacturing levels have dropped by 20.1% in the first half of 2019. Worldwide downturn and the Brexit-that-didn’t-happen shutdown are being given as the reason why. This coincides with a report on how much investment has dropped in the UK too. To read more click the Autocar article here.

MAN FILMING WHILST DRIVING IS NOT GUILTY

In what seems an open and shut case, a man who was caught filming the scene of an accident, with his phone, whilst driving past has been found not guilty of “using” his phone. This now sets a precedence and a dangerous one too, we would argue. Whether it is illegal or not, using, touching or looking at your phone (unless it is in sat nav mode) is a terribly stupid and dangerous thing to do. Please don’t. To read more click the Spectator article here.

LEVC MUST BROADEN VISION TO SURVIVE

Joerg Hoffman, the boss of the London Electric Vehicle Company, has stated that they must be seen as a provider of green transportation and not just London cabs, if they are to survive as a company. The van variant is one step along that route. To read more about plans for their future, click the Autocar article here.

CARWOW GET CASH INJECTION FROM DAIMLER

CarWow has raised more capital, a total of £25 million, from companies including Daimler AG, Balderton Capital, Accel and Vitruvian Partners. The idea behind the business is that you can specify exactly what you want before searching, which will then find the best prices available. To read more click The Times article here.

DENNIS SCOOPS UP MORE AUTOMOTIVE CONTENT

Dennis Publishing has acquired Car Throttle and WTF1, both of whom have excellent social media engagement. Congratulations to all involved. To read more click here for a statement from Dennis Publishing.

PORSCHE HELPING YOUR CLIMATE GUILT

Porsche is attempting to help those of us who are wracked with guilt over our carbon footprint, by setting up a carbon offset organisation called Porsche Impact. The idea is that one pays an amount of money that is judged suitable for the CO2 one emits. This money is used in projects that help to rectify the global carbon issue, such as build a solar farm, plant tress or similar. Many have questioned the validity of such efforts. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.


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FORMULA E: JEAN-PAUL DROIT PASSES AWAY

Jean-Paul Droit has died, following a long battle with illness. Droit was the founder of the DAMS racing team that went on to create the Renault e.dams Formula E racing team. They are the most successful team in the series history, with three titles. To read more about the extraordinary life of Jean-Paul Droit click the Formula E article here.

WRC FINLAND

Following another attritional race, Championship leader Tanak came out on top, putting recent disappointing results behind him. Lappi brought his Citroën in second with Latvala recovering from a puncture on Saturday, to round out the podium. Ogier was fifth with Neuville sixth, following Breen taking one for the team and turning up behind Neuville to give him the place after a penalty. Meeke was running third until he hit the same stone as Latvala, but this broke his suspension and ended any meaningful chance of points. To read more click The Checkered Flag article here.

Ogier has announced that he will retire after next season. To read more click The Checkered Flag article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: A MEETING OF MINDS

Autocar got Aston Martin’s Matt Becker, Jaguar Land Rover’s Mike Cross and Porsche’s Andreas Preuninger together to ask them about keeping cars fun. To read this excellent transcript click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: 10 SUPERCARS YOU CAN HAVE FOR THE PRICE OF THE RENAULT MEGANE RS TROPHY-R

The price of the new Renault Megan RS Trophy-R was announced last week, this caused a small amount of comment on the inter web. iNews has created a list of supercars you can go out and buy now for the same price as a hot hatch. To read more click the link here.

AND FINALLY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE MX-5

Matteo Licata was invited along to a special celebration of the MX-5 now it is 30 years old. Click the YouTube link here to see what went on during the day.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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