Special Edition - 40th SMMT Test Day Review

Alan and Andrew were in the same place at the same time once again, so they decided to pop along to the 40th annual SMMT Test Day to find out more about what is happening in the industry, meet the manufacturers, try some cars and catch up with anyone who after seeing them would still speak!

Listen in to hear how the day went.

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Episode 182: It's Big - BMW Bugs, Hamburg Shuts a Street, Zip in an e-Golf, Tesla Model 3 Crashes, SMMT Drives

Andrew's away this week, so Alan's joined by motoring journalist Richard Gooding to talk about some of the week's news and then reminisce about their trip to the SMMT Drive Day last week.

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Episode 45: Top Gear Free Zone

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 Day

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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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Episode 14 : Did wells - New car registrations, Porsche Mission E, NCAP ratings, new Volvo S90, Infinity Q30 built in UK, Citroen e-Mehari, EVO COTY vid, MX-5 is Japanese COTY, Cannonball Run

This week Alan and Andrew get to talk about #Dieselgate, still. But also

At the weekend Alan went to watch the Rockingham Stages Rally. This prompted him to write a blog post, encouraging us all to support our local tracks.

This week there is follow up! Firstly, Alan has to apologise for getting his friend's name wrong!

Secondly, the Boosterjet is back! This time in a 'sporty' Vitara - hang on, can that be right, 'sporty'? 

The final piece of follow up is VW's flow straightening replacement part is explained in detail in this article by The Truth About Cars.

On the news front, SMMT revealed the latest car registration figures and it's back to growth. Alan and Andrew go through the numbers. Vauxhall has had a good month with a number of cars in this monthly list. But it's not all good news. VW, FIAT and Citroën are all down. Understandable for VW, with people's knee jerk reactions. Citroën is understandable too as they've split DS off and are counting them separately.

In better news for VW, they have "largely concluded" their investigations into the the extent of implicated models carrying the VW badge. This is only focused on European cars and is only related to CO2. Andrew claims credit for VW announcing this prior to finalising their investigations, as they've clearly listened to the podcast and what they've been saying about keeping everyone updated. But only 9 models are effected which will require CO2 reclassification.

More fall out from #Dieselgate, with Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's technical boss, stepping down.

The wonderful looking Porsche Mission E has been given the green light, it was announced. Previously Alan and Andrew have been very complimentary of the looks. Andrew and Alan agree about how they see induction charging being critical to help electric vehicles become more mainstream.

Alan asks if you would like to hear more about induction charging, then he will create another special about this. Please do let him know.

NCAP have released the latest safety ratings, following the recent round of testing. Some cars did very well, such as the Jaguar XE and XF, Infiniti Q30, Lexus RX, Renault Megane and Vauxhall Astra. To achieve 5 stars the car must have optional or standard autonomous braking systems. One car to fare particularly badly is the Lancia Ypsilon. To the extent where NCAP suggested if safety is a priority, then there are other options. Ouch!

Andrew had been saving himself, only looking at the press release for the new Volvo S90 in time for the show. The chaps are very complimentary of the looks to the exterior and interior. A credible alternative to the usual German suspects. However, the thought of a Polestar S and V90 excites Andrew and Alan. A lot. But that's not all. There's going to be a hybrid edition too.

Infiniti and Red Bull have ended their association. Sniff Petrol sums up everyone's feeling on this. We apologise to everyone for Alan's latest attempt at an accent.

Alan and Andrew are big supporters of the manufacturing prowess and skills in Britain, so are pleased that Infiniti announced investment and production of the Q30 in Sunderland. They go on to discuss how they feel there is a direction to the company now and this is a good thing.

Citroën have announced that they'll be producing a new electric car, the e-Mehari. Friend of the show Ian Seabrook discusses this on his site HubNut. Alan and Andrew really like the look of this, although Alan is not sure it will work in France. Andrew can see it doing well in this country though.

A couple of similar articles caught both Andrew and Alan's eyes this week, discussing the ridiculous prices "normal" classic cars are moving towards. They recommend you go read them here and here.

Alan and Andrew both saw the EVO Car of the Year video, which is wonderful. The scenery is stunning. The cars are stunning. The videography is stunning. Well done EVO, please make more of these vids!

In Alan's weekly section of love for Mazda, he gets to let us all know that the MX-5 (did he tell you he has a new one?) won the Japanese Car of the Year.

The closure of the Forth Road Bridge comes under scrutiny. Essentially it's a giant mess that is making everyone's life more difficult and expensive due to neglecting adequate maintenance. Good luck to all effected by it.

Finally, there is good news to all cheesy film fans. The Cannonball Run has been released on BluRay.