Episode 40 : Autonomy in the UK - Porsche R&D Reshuffle, UK Gov Vehicle Surveillance Tests , Volvo UK Autonomous Vehicle Trial, Moscow ePrix, Sergio Expands Ferrari Role...

This week regular programming continues, with Alan and Andrew beating through the news of the week. The fact that this is "The Big Four Oh" went completely unnoticed...

  • Porsche R&D Boss Reshuffle
  • UK Government Vehicle "Surveillance Tests"
  • Volvo to run Real-life autonomous vehicle usage trials in the UK
  • Moscow FormulaE ePrix
  • Sergio expands his Ferrari responsibilities
  • 10 million European Toyotas
  • Huge range improvements for the BMW i3
  • Porsche's Panamera family for the family
  • New TVR unveiling at the London Motor Show
  • McLaren F1 for sale on the open market
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Episode 38 : Estate of Demise - Mini Saloon, Jaguar Wagons, Aston GT8, Mahindra e2o

This week Alan is, once again, on his own so it's another short headlines show to accompany the Special Edition. The good news is that the episode numbering is back in sync...

BMW 7-Series Airbag Recall

According to Motortrend, BMW has had to recall 6110 vehicles in the US over potential issues with their airbags. There's no indication whether UK market cars are affected.

MINI Saloon Rumoured as 5th Model in Range

Rumours via Autocar are that after MINI has replaced its Countryman, the 5th and final model in the range will be a saloon aimed at the US and Chinese markets where saloons are more popular than hatchbacks.

End of The Road for Jaguar Estates

According to an interview with Nick Gibbs of Autonews Ian Callum, Jaguar's design chief, has said that there won't be any more estate Jaguars for the foreseeable future. This is down to the limited global market for estates and a burgeoning global markets for SUVs like the F-Pace.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Limited Edition

Aston Martin are to produce 150, £165,000 special edition cars based on the V8 Vantage and inspired by the GTE race car. Many options are available from a full aero-package to weight-saving plastic buttons on the dashboard instead of glass ones. You know, #BecauseRaceCar...

FCA Can Copy A Successful Electric Car "And Put It On The Market Within 12 Months"

That's according to FCA chief Sergio Marchionne in a press Q&A session following the shareholder's meeting an Amsterdam says Inside EVs. Alan wonders why the conventional Giulia, surely no more than a 5-series with added Italian style, is taking so long...

Mahindra Launch e2o BEV

Robert Llewellyn was at the launch of the Mahindra e2o in London last week/ The e20 is the replacement for the egregious G-Wizz that can still be spotted limping around some parts of London. The e2o is priced from £13000 to £16000 and, in Alan's eyes at least, posesses challenging aesthetics. Can it succeed priced so close to larger, more established BEVs from the likes of Nissan and Renault? 

Apple's Titan Berlin Rumour

Greenfleet.net reports that German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claims Apple's "Project Titan" EV is being part-developed in central Berlin and that the production partner will be Austrian automotive outsourcer, Magna-Steyr.

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Episode 37 : News Panther Solo - New Car Figures for March 2016, Lots of Tesla News, Platooning Trucks & Goodwood's Featured Marque

This week Alan talks about UK new car sales, more information on the Tesla Model 3, updates to the Tesla Model S, recalls to the Tesla Model X, platooning trucks crossing Europe, BMW at Goodwood Festival of Speed and, lastly, Isuzu's Centenary.

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Episode 28 : It's a S90 not a SC90 - iTunes Review, #Project2CV update, Feb New Car Reg Figures, New VW CO2 Figures, Autonomous HGVs on UK roads, Car of the Year Awards, Happy Birthday BMW

This episode begins with the chaps saying a big THANK YOU to the kind listeners who've posted ratings and reviews since last week's plea. By doing so there has been a noticeable difference in the podcast's position in iTunes charts.

Firstly Alan and Andrew thank @Joe_Hallenbeck for his kind words. By the way he owns a gorgeous E28, no really it is amazing! His daily driver is his trusty Rover 75.

Next Andrew and Alan thank Bruce for his wonderful review. He's much more eloquent than either of the presenters!

Finally Alan and Andrew thank @BuddaPSL, the Gothenburg correspondant, who posted some lovely words, which they managed to understand with the help of Google Translate! By the way, he has a cracking Subaru BRZ!

In more Follow Up, Andrew discusses #Project2CV, Ian Seabrook's accidental crowdfunding of the restoration of his 2CV, Elly. Ian has posted a new video showing the new progress he's made on striping down the car. He's found rust, which he expected, but an awful lot of it too. As of last night the fund had reached £1700. If you can support his endeavour please do.

Now, moving onto the news the chaps are pleased to talk about the rather excellent February figures for New Car Registrations, from SMMT.

Andrew explains the #Dieselgate update from Volkswagen. They've released new figures for the small number of cars affected by incorrect CO2 stats. This only amounts to about 190 cars on UK roads, apparently.

With thanks, once again to @TalesofanAlfa, Alan and Andrew were made aware of the news that autonomous HGVs will be trialed and tested on the M6 in Cumbria soon. This is the first step in seeing such vehicles on UK roads.

Alan is happy because he gets to mention "Mazda" and "MX-5" as it won the UK Car of the Year Award 2016.

These were not the only award winners. Car Design News have their own annual awards, one for Concept Car, which the Porsche Mission E won; and Production Car, which the Volvo S90 won.

The show wishes BMW a Happy Birthday, as the company is 100 years old! They have started their centenary year with the Vision Next100 concept car unveiling. There will be more to come from BMW over the year and we cannot wait to see what they will show us!

Andrew rounds the show out with news that Volvo will be selling Polestar performance parts for your car, that won't invalidate your warranty! This is brilliant news for fans of rapid Volvos.

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