This week Andrew returns, to join ranty Alan, and they discuss new Audi V6 diesel issues, new Madrid Mayor does pause low emission zone measures, PSA announce the factories that will build the new Astra however there is a big 'but', UK car production has dropped for the 12 months in a row, the Government proposes stiffer penalties for those who leave their vehicles idling, Porsche recalls Cayenne and Panameras due to an auto box issue, Mazda is to ditch touchscreens, new laws state EVs must make a noise below 12mph, Lookers dealer group sales practices under investigation, Mitsubishi Europe gets a new design boss, the Lunchtime Read is actually from Alan, a List of the Week of what could have been and the And Finally is a joyous one. Hope you enjoy the show!Read More
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This week Alan's solo and talks about VW compensation in the Czech Republic, the crises of the Alliance. The SMMT and CAMM agree to collaborate. Pollution-reducing speed limits become permanent in South Wales. VW has won a copyright claim over its most famous car, the danger of misnomers, Bern ePrix, Croppers talks to Herbert Diess, Autocar's Great British Women and the design genius of Marcello Gandini.Read More
In this week's show, the chaps clear up the dreadful "reporting" in the wake of an incident at a hydrogen fueling station, Jaguar is voluntarily recalling the I-Pace, Audi is discussing recalling the e-tron in Europe, Scotland is leading the way when it comes to helping fleets transfer to EVs, the suggestion of blanket pavement parking bans is questioned, Formula E moves to Bern this weekend, calendars seem to be too difficult for the FIA to check, WRC Sardinia threw up a surprise right at the end, a Lunchtime Read centered on Bradford, a List of the Week of The Rules, and the And Finally that Alan had wished he'd read before we talked on the latest Special Edition. We hope you enjoy the show!Read More
In this week's show, the chaps discuss Ghosn's fightback against information being given to the press from the Rebel Alliance, the dramatic events of FCA pulling out of any deal with the Alliance, New Car Registration figures for May 2019, Ford looking to close the Bridgend engine factory, free driving lessons to young people in West Dunbartonshire, JLR and BMW agreeing to co-develop future EV tech, the sad news that Norman Dewis has passed away, the Government is thinking about using technology to catch noisy motorists, the first 150kW chargers will be installed in the UK soon, we have a link to Andy Blackmore’s wonderful Spotter Guide for Le Mans, Ian Callum is now awarded a CBE in the Queen's Honors List, Matteo Licata busts some design myths as our Lunchtime Watch recommendation and we gawp in awe at Dumas driving the ID.R very quickly indeed around the Nürburgring. We hope you enjoy the show!Read More
In this week's show, Andrew returns. The chaps chat about how the planned factory shutdowns for the Brexit deadline that never happened affected production numbers, stolen vehicles are up 22% year to date, the hope that parking space data will be shared to make life easier for motorists, how Madrid may be the first city to reverse it's low-emission zone, also Holyrood rejects a blanket 20mph proposal, Kia is recalling some Niro hybrids, NIO has started testing for Season 6 of Formula E, the results of WRC Portugal are discussed, the shock news that Ian Callum is leaving Jaguar, a lovely Lunchtime Read that will make you rush off to Ebay, a List of the Week where you will scratch your head asking if these cars really happened and an And Finally that is a potential rabbit hole for the nerd in us all. We hope you enjoy the show!Read More
This week Alan is joined by Rich Gooding to discuss a highly electric news mix including Carlos Ghosn’ pre-trial hearing begins, VW has battery woes, the Renault-Fiat Merger Of Equals, Honda e wing cameras, an Audi PHEV, Skoda’s electric sub-brand, electric Corsa, a 250kW EV charging station, a hybrid Ferrari, Berlin e-Prix round-up, the greatest cars with pop-up headlights, the BMW Garmisch, the history of Caffeine & Machine and the final chance to buy Chevrolet. Lastly, don’t forget the Coventry MotoFest is this coming weekend!Read More
In this week’s show, Alan and Andrew chat about tweaks to Ghosn’s indictment, PSA announce the 308 will not actually be built in the UK or Germany, they clarify what JLR’s pre-tax results mean, Hyundai are investing in Rimac, the Government is increasing it’s investment in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Lotus is considering all model types when it comes to their future, a new MaaS app is out soon, drones are being used by French police to monitor driver behaviour, the speed limit may go back up in France too, a reminder of the Formula E Berlin race this weekend, there is the very sad news that Niki Lauder has passed away, the chaps recommend gawping at the online Gordon Murray museum, the List of the Week is all about starting your engine, and the And Finally is both amazing and awful but mainly awful. Hope you enjoy the show!Read More
This week Alan's on his own and talks about Carlos Ghosn and the Renault/Nissan merger; the fate of Honda's Swindon factory; how there's hope for Ellesmere Port yet and that there are new, faster public charginf points on their way. Also, Polestar R&D is sent to Coventry and that your car insurance cost may not depend on the factors you think. There's Monaco FormulaE and Chilean WRC news. The Lunchtime Read finds the best classic Japanese metal on display at Japfest, J.D. Power mixes it up in the List of The Week and we round off with a rather smelly story from Bentley.Read More
In this week's show, we talk about Porsche settling their emission cheating case, China is now investigating the German collusion on emission tech, details of some of Stadler's calls have been leaked, New Car Registration Figures for April 2019 have been released, BMW first-quarter profits are down but there is a good reason, SMART boss is moved on already, Google ads are not all that they seem, Edinburgh considering a city-wide ban on some vehicles, police to be given more protection for chasing mopeds, Formula E is in Monaco this week, WRC is in Chile this week, Hyundai's new design boss starts, the Lunchtime Read is about Alex Roy and the And Finally tells us how original Porsche is keeping it for some owners. Do enjoy the show!Read More
In this week's show, we talk about Ghosn being released on bail again, JLR looking at buying Addison Lee, the April recalls which cover a surprising number and age of vehicles, grant eligible home charging list has been released, calls to reduce the timescale of the Government's clean car target, RAC fitting their vans with EV chargers, Oslo installs first wireless charging station, a sensible change to how Londoners are charged for getting around the city, a roundup of the eventful Paris ePrix, a roundup of the attritional Rally Argentina, a Lunchtime Read about WLTP - but don't let that put you off, the cheapest five star rated new cars make up the List of the Week and Alan tells us about Toyota's new test facility in the And Finally section. Hope you enjoy the show!Read More