Overdrive Podcast Radio Program Issue 50 2019

Overdrive: Nissan N Trek Warrior; Artificial Intelligence; Bat Crossing Range Rover Velar

Hello this is Overdrive a program about trains, planes and automobiles, but mainly automobiles.

  1. FCAI releases november 2019 new vehicle sales figures (1:21)
  2. Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial over ‘pedo guy’ tweet (2:53)
  3. Five stars for BMW 1 Series.  Four stars for Peugeot Partner (3:37)
  4. New Ford Transit (4:15)
  5. Top uni teams contest Formula SAE-A (5:08)
  6. UK’s first ‘bat-friendly’ highway crossing deployed in Worcestershire (6:00)
  7. Motoring minute – Range Rover Velar (6:40)
  8. Rob Fraser tests the latest rugged four-wheel drive Ute Navara N-TREK Warrior  (7:50)
  9. I interview an international expert on Artificial Intelligence that may become part of our cars (14:01)
  10. Motoring minute – Volkswagen Amarok (19:33)
  11. Quirky news – Brian Smith and I discuss cars that aim to make your phone redundant (20:37)

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So, let’s start with the news

FCAI releases november 2019 new vehicle sales figures

New vehicle sales in Australia fell for the 20th successive month during November. Consumer confidence is at a low and some dealers are discussing the topic of a consumer recession.

VFACTS numbers released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show the market for new vehicles dipped 9.8 per cent for November, to 84,700 sales. Annually the tally sits at 978,000 down 8.2 per cent on 2018’s running total.

This is the worst November tally since 2008, when the Global Financial Crisis was destroying markets. It’s also the worst January-November tally since 2011.

The top three brands were Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai, and the top three models were all utes the Toyota Hi-Lux, Ford Ranger and the Mitsubishi Triton, Yep, all utes.

Eight of the top 10-selling brands went backwards, and these account for 73 per cent of the market’s total sales. Some Smaller-scale nameplates did record growth but this matters less in the grand scheme.

Holden sold just 2,600 vehicles during the month, down nearly 48% – almost half its tally in November 2018. That’s reportedly the Brand’s weakest monthly result since the company was established 71 years ago.

Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial over ‘pedo guy’ tweet

A federal court jury in Los Angeles has found in favour of Tesla boss Elon Musk in the defamation lawsuit brought against him by a British cave explorer who Musk had branded a “pedo guy” on Twitter.

The plaintiff, Vernon Unsworth, was seeking $190 million damages against Musk, who during the trial estimated his net worth at $20 billion.

It took less than an hour for an eight-person jury in Los Angeles federal court to reject Unsworth’s claim after a four-day trial.
Musk — who deleted the tweet and later apologized for it — had asserted the expression was nothing more than a flippant insult that meant “creepy old man,”.

5 stars for BMW 1 Series. 4 stars for Peugeot Partner

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has released two new ratings with five stars awarded to the BMW 1 Series small car and four stars to the Peugeot Partner van.

The Peugeot Partner van – assessed based on test results of its platform twin, the Peugeot Rifter – achieved a good Adult Occupant Protection score of 90%.  It however fell short of the five star threshold for Vulnerable Road User Protection (58%), hence limiting its overall safety rating to four stars.

Smartest and Most Productive Next-Gen Ford Transit Adds AEB With Pedestrian Detection, SYNC 3, More Safety & Driver Assist Technology Across The Entire Range

The Ford Transit van has been around since 1965. Over 8 million vans have been sold, making it the third best-selling van of all time.

Ford has recently upgraded the van and now the Next-Gen Transit joins the Ford Ranger to include AEB with Pedestrian Detection as standard, as part of a comprehensive Driver Assist Technology suite that brings greater practicality and convenience

New larger 8.0-inch touchscreen brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as full-colour high-resolution rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors

Fresh exterior styling includes smart front-end design, with a new grille, bonnet, headlamps and front bumper, while interior upgrades include updated seating and controls.

Top uni teams contest Formula SAE-A

Engineering students from 27 universities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific recently converged at the Winton Motor Raceway in north-east Victoria for the 20th annual Formula SAE-A.

The Formula SAE-A is a high-tech competition for university teams to design, build and compete in Formula-style open-wheeled racing cars, which are judged on everything from technical design to their marketing plans.

Run by the Asia Pacific Society of Automotive Engineers, it has classes for both electric and internal combustion cars.

This year’s competitors are from Australia, Japan, India, Pakistan and New Zealand, and five universities have fielded two-car teams contesting both electric and internal combustion categories.

UK’s first ‘bat-friendly’ highway crossing deployed in Worcestershire

In the UK the Worcestershire County Council, in collaboration with a local engineering firm, has developed the first bat friendly highway crossing.

A 60m corridor of glowing red lights are supposedly bat friendly as research has shown some species of bats avoid areas lit by white lights, which could lead them to use longer and less safe routes.

Worcestershire County Council said that it wanted to support the local wildlife and the red corridor would also assist pedestrians walking in the area.

You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on iTunes or Spotify. OR our Facebook site OverdriveCity

Originally broadcast 14 December 2019 across Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and Torque Radio affiliated commercial radio channels.

About David Brown 232 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto