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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

New Clubman moves even further upmarket, into a segment with more volume, with more potential for the Mini brandBMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation with enthusiasm

28 March 2017

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

Old and new - Harrods is the latest UK business to run Nissan's electric vanA century on, Harrods returns to the electric van

28 March 2017

Iconic London department store Harrods in Knightsbridge has returned to its past, adding an electric van to its fleet, after having first adopted the technology in 1919.

PSA lets 'non experts' loose on autonomous prototypes

28 March 2017

Groupe PSA is this week allowing 'non-expert' motorists to test its autonomous car, as a driver or a passenger, on the roads of the Paris region.

Daimler merges car sharing units in China

28 March 2017

Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance is merging both car sharing operations in China, car2go and Car2Share.

Uber resumes some driverless car testing

27 March 2017

Uber has resumed driverless vehicle testing in San Francisco following weekend crash in Arizona caused by the driver of another car.

Felix Eichleiter shows off one of the centre's fibre machinesVW R&D lab works on future materials

27 March 2017

Volkswagen Group's Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg is working on lightweight construction materials and production processes.

PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 March 2017

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.

GM India signs three year wage deal for Talegaon plant

27 March 2017

General Motors India (GMI) said a new three-year wage agreement, good till 31 March, 2020, just signed with the General Motors Employees union would support further advances in vehicle manufacturing quality, efficiency and an improved work environment.

Supplier fire slows some Audi output

27 March 2017

A fire at a supplier is affecting some Audi output this week.

Volkswagen names new chief compliance officer

27 March 2017

Volkswagen has named a new chief compliance officer. This is a brand appointment, not the group role which changed hands last January.

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