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Graeme Roberts

Graeme RobertsBiography

Graeme Roberts has been deputy and news editor of just-auto.com since 2000. Car-mad virtually from birth, he began writing features for a B2B fleet magazine in his native New Zealand in 1983 before becoming a reporter on a fortnightly motoring and motor sports tabloid and then motoring editor of the evening newspaper in his home town.

During his first stint in the UK in the late 1980s, Roberts worked briefly on the newsdesk at Autocar before becoming launch deputy editor of Diesel Car magazine. Back in New Zealand, he freelanced as a motoring and personal computing journalist and also worked as an account manager for a PR agency, specialising in computing and networking.

He returned to the UK in the mid-90s, initially as a part-time PR at the then Rover-run Heritage Motor Centre museum and conference centre in Warwickshire and, after a brief but enjoyable stint on news and consumer issues at Auto Express magazine and work at three PR agencies, where clients included Mercedes-Benz and construction equipment maker JCB, returned to journalism at a motoring news, road test and features agency before joining just-auto.

Columns by Graeme Roberts

The Week That Was

The Week That Was

Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.

Articles by Graeme Roberts

Takata has reached a deal and three former executives have been charged - but will they see court?Takata agrees settlement with US Department of Justice, three execs charged

16 January 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata Corporation said it had reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding previously disclosed issues related to the integrity of inflator validation testing and reporting.

Daimler buys electronic payments company

16 January 2017

Daimler Financial Services is acquiring the electronic payment services provider PayCash Europe. By gaining a foothold in the ePayment business, the automaker will be launching its own electronic payment services provider under the 'Mercedes pay' brand name.

Mitsubishi Motors Europe sales dip 7% in 2016

16 January 2017

Mitsubishi Motors sales in the 34 countries it calls Europe fell 7% year on year to 162,495 in 2016, a reasonable decrease "as planned", according to the automaker.

Increased exports and innovation activity will drive UK car industry - report

16 January 2017

Increased exports and innovation activity will drive the UK car industry to new heights, according to a new report.

Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 January 2017

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide.

Is HCCI the next big thing in engines as automakers strive for even more efficiency?Shows, snow - the week

13 January 2017

The start of the year usually has a pleasant familiarity to it - CES and Detroit shows and, in my case just this morning, often the first taste of winter snow. Also, in my case, hopefully the last sprinkle (it melted by lunch o'clock) as neither I nor the UK does snow. I always watch with amazement as friends in the US north east and midwest dig themselves out from up to eight feet of the stuff and carry on. We'd come to a grinding halt till about March and I'd move to southern California.

Graz built the first generation Mini Countryman and Paceman for BMW. The automaker is building a new Countryman at Born in the NetherlandsMagna plans paint shop in Slovenia to support Graz assembly plant

13 January 2017

Magna International will build a new paint facility in Slovenia to help support new programmes going into its Graz, Austria contract vehicle assembly facility.

Renault adds Master to electric LCV line

13 January 2017

Renault is expanding its all-electric light commercial vehicle range with global debuts for a longer range Kangoo Van ZE (zero emissions) and a new Master ZE shown at the Brussels motor show.

New Zealand vehicle sales break records again

13 January 2017

New Zealand new vehicle sales set a record for the third consecutive year.

The settlement will not get six executives off the hook in the US and investigations and legal action continue elsewhereVW agrees settlement with US government as cheat process outlined in indictments

12 January 2017

Volkswagen has agreed a US$4.3bn settlement with the US government over the diesel emissions-cheat scandal but is not off the hook yet as six executives have been indicted amidst US revelations of measures the automaker took to mislead regulators.

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