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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

Mark Fields' moves towards making Ford a mobility company clearly weren't enough for the owners and investors. I wonder where this able and well-seasoned executive might work next, or will he retire?The week - it's tough at the top, Mr Fields?

26 May 2017

There had been enough rumours in automotive and financial circles over the last few weeks (and months) to suggest Change was coming at Ford - to wit the Monday ousting of CEO Mark Fields (billed in the press release as 'retirement') after less than three years in the top job, with a well-seasoned (but mostly not in autos) executive, Jim Hackett, replacing the long-Ford-serving Fields who had been praised, for example, for his work heading Mazda on the way to the top job in Dearborn and the moves towards 'mobility' once there.

UK CV output falls in April as exports drive YTD demand

26 May 2017

British commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 28.3% year on year to 6,132 units (vans, trucks, buses and coaches) in April 2017 as the four-day, late Easter 'bank holiday' affected production.

UK engine output grows YTD despite April decline

26 May 2017

Engine output here in the UK reduced - by 14.5% year on year to 198,090 units - in April as the working month was shortened by a late Easter holiday break.

The recently redesigned Peugeot 3008 made the largest gain in terms of market share in April, becoming Europe's fifth best-selling SUVApril Europe sales slip as diesel loses dominance

24 May 2017

European car sales dropped 7.1% year on year to 1.22m units in April 2017, the largest monthly decline since March 2013.

FCA "disappointed" at US DOJ civil lawsuit over diesel emissions

24 May 2017

FCA US has said it was "disappointed" the US Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division had filed a civil lawsuit accusing it of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014.

Jaguar's 2018 model year range includes revised model variants powered by new in-house-made Ingenium petrol engines, replacing powerplants previously sourced from FordJaguar Land Rover sets fiscal year unit sales record

24 May 2017

Tata Motors' premium vehicle unit, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive, the UK's largest vehicle manufacturer, has reported record vehicle sales for the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2017, as revenue and pre-tax profit both increased.

Ford launches new all-makes aftermarket brand in Europe

24 May 2017

Ford dealers in Europe can now service or supply parts for all makes of other vehicles following the automaker's launch of a new Omnicraft brand of replacement parts.

Renault names new Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region chief

24 May 2017

Groupe Renault has name seasoned company executive Fabrice Cambolive senior vice president and chairman of the Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region.

Daimler acquires slice of large Mercedes dealer group

24 May 2017

Daimler has acquired a 15% stake in dealer group LSH Auto International, a subsidiary of Lei Shing Hong, one of the biggest Mercedes-Benz dealers worldwide.

Renault buying Intel France embedded software unit

24 May 2017

Groupe Renault has announced it signed a final agreement on the acquisition of Intel's French embedded software R&D activity based in Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis, France.

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