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
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Three years after we first aired a Special Edition about alternative fuel options, we revisit the subject as things have moved on! Listen to Alan and Andrew chat with experts Tom Callow and Alex Grant as they run through the options, their use cases, some of the ‘best’ myths and what the future holds.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
In this week's show, we tell you to get in fast if you want tickets to the Festival of the Unexceptional, Ghosn has been charged again but this time it is different, VW bonus payments to a suspended executive are being probed, we give credit to TfL (rare I know) for trying to help fleet operators with the introduction of the ULEZ scheme, the Car2Go app wasn't hacked in the Chicago crime spree, Google maps adds the current status of EV charging points information, Communities in rural Wales are running EV share schemes, where lights have been switched off on motorways accidents have risen dramatically (percentage wise), Mazda's infotainment system gets borked by a podcast, a reminder that both the Paris ePrix and Rally of Argentina are on this weekend, a Lunchtime Read to give all who like Lotus some hope, a List of the Week that is news too and the And Finally is a quick video of Spinal Track's new venture onto gravel! Hope you enjoy the show.Read More
Alan spent a day at Litchfield Motors, to find out more about the company. Listen in as he chats with Iain Litchfield about the origins of the business, more details on the amazing work they undertake and Alan gets to drive a very ‘Alan’ car.Read More
In this week's show, we quickly return to the seemingly ever-present #Dieselgate as Winterkorn is charged with fraud in Germany, Ghosn's incarceration is extended, Mercedes are being investigated over a defeat device in their GLK SUVs, WhatCars? True MPG test shows an improvement in the reduction between official and their mpg test results, an automotive cybersecurity rating scheme is being developed for buyers, police will detect mobile phone use in cars but the system has too many flaws, we thank idiots for causing average speed cameras to be installed on part of the EVO Triangle, there is a roundup of the Rome e-Prix, the Lunchtime Read is a benchmark for journalism regarding driver assistance technology from Ed Niedermeyer, the List of the Week and the And Finally are both from Gavin Braithwaite-Smith. Hope you all enjoy!Read More
In this week's show, the chaps discuss the new twists and turns in the Carlos Ghosn saga, they chat about the financial implications to the allegations of collusion by BMW, Daimler and VW, FCA settles with the dealers in the U.S. over phoney sales, They run through the March 2019 new car registration figures, deploy equal measures of scorn and disgust at how FCA is getting around the emission fine their leadership failed to plan for, Toyota has made their electrification patents royalty-free, The Rome e_Prix is this weekend and there is a link on how to watch it, also there is news about Vienna being interested in hosting a race, Trac Mon is applying for permission to develop the site which we hope they get approval for, in celebration of the ULEZ beginning the List of the Week shows you can still have fun cars and avoid the charge, and the And Finally fills Andrew and Alan with jealousy and bitterness.Read More
In this week's show, Alan and Andrew guffaw at the news that the Nissan CEO signed off the deal Ghosn is in trouble for, they congratulate all those attempting to break a world record with Volvos, they berate the car industry on the news that some are gaming the WLTP tests, Alan investigates how a Hyundai Santa Fe was disabled by police in the U.S., Toyota servers are hacked in the Asia Pacific region, they discuss an investigation into speeding enforcement variations across the U.K., they are quite positive on the news of 100 electric forecourts being proposed, Piquet leaves Panasonic Jaguar, Andrew takes us through the emotional rollercoaster that was WRC Corsica, both chaps are puzzled by BMW's decision to move Jozef Kaban before he can actually get any designs finished, rounding out with recommending watching and subscribing to the Roadster Life YouTube channel.Read More
Alan spent a day driving classic and modern classic cars with Great Escape Cars, getting to see what goes into one of the driving day packages. Listen to him tell Andrew about the wonderful and the weird that he got behind the wheel of. Andrew tries not to sound too jealous and in places almost carries that off!Read More