Slice Of Warburton

Slice Of Warburton

By: Simon Warburton

just-auto business editor Simon Warburton offers up a wide range of views in his distinctive style, informed by daily contact with the global auto industry



COMMENT: City of Light needs radicalism once more 10 Oct 2014

Conjure up an image of Paris and chances are a multitude of accepted versions will crowd your brain, a smorgasbord of real experiences and tourist brochure charm hard-wired into our DNA for centuries.


COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes 9 Sep 2014

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete absence of trade union antagonism to restructuring.


COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor 5 Sep 2014

Last week Simon Warburton visited the Moscow Motor Show with Renault Russia and had the opportunity to talk with senior executives, as well as travel to alliance partner, AvtoVAZ, at its Togliatti plant in Samara. Here are some of the quotes from that trip..


COMMENT: Russian stoicism a valuable tool 4 Sep 2014

Eating a stone's throw from Moscow's notorious Lubyanka was an unusual experience last week, but then as so much of Russia is unexpected, it pays to keep an open mind.


COMMENT: Putin 'showing the instruments' in West stand off? 29 Aug 2014

There was no escaping it - the proverbial elephant in the room formed the backdrop to this week's Moscow Motor Show just as it had in St Petersburg earlier this year at the International Economic Forum.


COMMENT: What is normal as Russian maelstrom swirls? 18 Aug 2014

After weeks of what has seemed a phoney war of words between both sides, the stakes are starting to ramp up considerably between Russia and its newly-minted adversaries in the West.


COMMENT: NUMSA strike rhetoric needs injection of hope 28 Jul 2014

As sticking points go, South Africa's so-called 'peace clause' has proved exceptionally tricky to shift.


COMMENT: No political football for new Business Minister 21 Jul 2014

Much like supporting a football team, just when you think it's all going swimmingly and your club's in for a period of stability - and hopefully success - bang - the rug is pulled from underneath.


COMMENT: High time NUMSA ended permanent state of war with employers? 17 Jul 2014

Is the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) interested in promoting its members' conditions and working with employers in a country where union rights for all are still a relatively fledging concept, or is it more concerned with establishing some sort of Marxist State?


COMMENT: Has ZF set the M&A hare running with TRW? 15 Jul 2014

Is ZF Friedrichshafen's mooted takeover of TRW Automotive a ploy to smooth the peaks and troughs of any future recession?


COMMENT: Electric avenue fires Formula E into life 9 Jul 2014

Michelin's quite fond of using the phrase "track to street" - it's a nifty way to neatly encapsulate what the tyre manufacturer is trying to do with its move into, well, if not quite Formula 1, then its electric cousin, Formula E.


COMMENT: UK wrestles with Brexit/Scotland dilemma 3 Jul 2014

In the - presumably now smoke-free - corridors of the European Commission (EC) last week - Britain's Prime Minister - with his Hungarian counterpart - raged against the leviathan machine of Brussels - and lost.


COMMENT: UK docklands spirit evokes back to the future 27 Jun 2014

Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) Meet the Buyer event in London's rejuvenated docklands area this week was an apt choice of venue given the topics up for discussion.


COMMENT: 'New Saab summer' sees suppliers fire warning shot 19 Jun 2014

It's all starting to sound eerily reminiscent of two and a half years ago up in the stretches of northern Europe.


COMMENT: Russian monogorods blink in market glare 11 Jun 2014

Only a few years ago, the vast, sprawling factory that is home to AvtoVAZ in Togliatti, apparently accounted for a staggering one in seven of the population in this central western city in Russia.


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