On this week's episode, the chaps discuss the continued detention of Carlos Ghosn, Madrid bringing in the toughest car bans of any city so far, JLR will again temporarily lay off staff, new public charging points announced, Kia and Hyundai are let down by the official WLTP test, FCA is going to re-tool their Turin plant, Festival of the Unexceptional has a new home, Hyundai's UK Boss is stepping down, Formula E will have an Attack Mode and is looking to return to the UK, TVR factory is held up as no one paid attention to public sector procurement rules, Alan didn't buy a car last Sunday, a thought-provoking Lunchtime Read, and we celebrate the return of #AutoAdvent and now #AutoAdventLite!Read More
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On this week's show, the chaps discuss the final resolution to the rear seat belt issue VW have, more fall-out from Ghosn being arrested, things look pretty grim for Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant, GM continues to shrink its operations, the release of a report into 20mph zones, DoT is investing in road safety initiatives, the new MOT emission standards are working, buses with autonomous technology will be on the Forth Road Bridge, the BBC has released their timetable for the new Formula E season, Quest TV will also be showing live races in the UK too, Best of British List of the Week, Alan went to a very good event which had the bonus of making Andrew jealous and they tell you how you can go bid on some cars that are part of a new TV series.Read More
Volkswagen invite BMW’s Duesmann to the Board, FCA move quickly to replace Sergio Marchionne following news of his serious ill health, 157GB of automotive manufacturing sensitive data held on public servers, E10 petrol consultation opened in UK, Detroit Motorshow moves to June, Ofgem outlines suggestions on how to cope with expected rise in EV charging numbers, DVLA asking drivers to retake eye tests, Vauxhall/Opel return to profit, Techeetah partners with DS Formula E team for next season, Christopher Svensson looses battle with cancer, Dambrosio named new Mitsubishi Executive Design Director, Lunchtime Read: How to Service a Lexus LFA, List of the Week: France’s Luxury Barges, And Finally: Liberty Walks GT-R.Read More
After being underwhelmed by a box-fresh, automatic example at the UK launch of the facelifted Subaru BRZ earlier int he year, Alan finally got his hands on a manual example. The big question everyone asked him, both online and in person, was how it stacked up against his daily-driver MX-5 ND...Read More
This week's show is "Alan Only" so it's a short one...
Follow Up - Uber vs. Waymo, the stand-off continues
Follow Up - Maddox Yellow is now "a thing"
100 yellow cars paraded through the village of Bibury in the Cotswolds at the weekend in support of 84-year-old retired dentist Peter Maddox, who's yellow Corsa was vandalised for "ruining" tourist's photos when parked outside his house. Vauxhall has shown their support by renaming the colour to "Maddox Yellow". More from Autoblog.
London Taxi Company build new Warwickshire Factory
The first new U.K. Vehicle factory for over a decade has been built for London Taxi Company via parent company Geely. More from Autocar.
Tesla more Valuable Than Ford
Tesla’s market cap valuation exceeded that of Ford today following a 7% rise in share value brought about by the announcement that Tesla had delivered 25,000 cars in Q1 of 2017. More from BBC News.
Mexico E-Prix Summary
The Mexico City E-Prix was a chaotic display of skills, spills and overtaking, with Lucas di Grassi working his way from last on the grid to first. Also, Sergio Marchionne has said some stuff. Race report from Motorsport.com, Sergio statements from Jalopnik.
Daily Diesel Toxin Tax
The UK Government is expected to announce a £20 charge on drivers of older diesel vehicles to enter up to 35 sites in the UK. Hooray. More from Autocar.
Alan’s Top 5 Motoring April Fools
- Still or sparkling Mirai
- BMW i3 Chameleon Edition
- Hyundai’s “Click to Fly”
- Bad Obsession show how to repair a mug with a welder
- PistonHeads to build the ultimate driver’s destination
REAR VIEW PODCAST
Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on iTunes click here.
TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ALAN AND ANDREW...
This week Andrew’s off-grid so it’s an Alan-only show. Don’t think that means there’s less content though...
- Italy Announces Volkswagen Fines for #Dieselgate
- Tesla 2nd Quarter Results - More Missed Predictions
- SMMT New Registration Numbers for July
- Renault Becomes Europe’s Second-Biggest-Selling Manufacturer
- Aston Martin DB11 - Reviews Have Hit The News Stands
- Alpine - SUV a Possibility
- Hackers Do It Again - More Jeep Hacks to Be Announced
- Faraday Future Snatch Another EV Powertrain Expert
- New Fuel Cell Vehicle Acronym From Nissan
- Japan Approves Mirrorless Cars
- UK To Host Autonomous Vehicle Track Days
Andrew's away this week so it's an Alan-only headlines show this week. There are precious few of them so he also talks about what he drove at the SMMT Drive Day on Thursday last week.
VW E-Golf Updates Coming Soon
Volvo: Manufacturers should accept responsibility for their autonomous vehicles
New Megane Range and Prices Released
SMMT Drive DayRead More