The Week That Was

The Week That Was

By: Graeme Roberts

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

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house... 31 Oct 2014

Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the week of Halloween, but safety was an underlying theme in some of this week's news.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting... 24 Oct 2014

If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week's autobiz news, 'interesting' is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris, the US, Sweden... 17 Oct 2014

This week, we wrapped up our Paris show coverage with a comprehensive two-part management briefing which proved very popular - it's here and here.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More from Paris and a key new Ford 10 Oct 2014

Interviews conducted at the Paris show have been published this week - chats with François Bancon at Infiniti and Maxim Picat at Peugeot (also here) and also more from Ford's Mark Fields.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris gets closer 26 Sep 2014

If you're heading to Paris for the motor show next month, or even if not, may I recommend the show preview we published this week as a management briefing? This second key show on the European calendar promises many new models and we'll be there in force (next week) to cover them and speak to key industry players.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish swallowed by even bigger fish 19 Sep 2014

The big news this week was the long-expected announcement ZF would swallow TRW whole, re-establishing the respected chassis systems and safety equipment maker as a separate business division in a US$13.5bn deal.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs 12 Sep 2014

After last week's news concerning top Nissan/Infiniti executive Andy Palmer's move to Aston Martin, came another shift - a BMW German region head to replace Palmer at the helm of Infiniti.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nissan's top Brit jumps ship 5 Sep 2014

I reckon this week's autobiz surprise out of left field was the almost simultaneous announcements that Nissan Motor chief planning officer Andy Palmer would leave the automaker and return to his homeland as the new CEO of Aston Martin.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: And what a week... 1 Sep 2014

I submit, yeronner, brain fade, the leap straight from summer holiday to Swedish presser and an exceptionally busy week for the delay in this column arriving in an inbox near you.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Active safety in the spotlight 22 Aug 2014

There was an interesting development in the area of active safety and emerging advanced driver assistance technologies last week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant' 15 Aug 2014

The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Political instability in the east 8 Aug 2014

Political instability and shaky industrial relations were among the issues that bubbled up on this week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Europe, slowly, on the up? 1 Aug 2014

While the Next Problem seems to be South America, judging by the number of times it's mentioned in the results statements for the last quarter, there are signs that, after the pain, there's some gain in Europe, at last.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Results season again 25 Jul 2014

We are now in the midst of what I like to call slash-your-wrists or lose-the-will-to-live season and it can apply equally to whether you are issuing or writing up a sometimes seemingly interminable series of quarterly results.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Roasting in Kia's Mojave oven 18 Jul 2014

Memo to self - be a little less facetious. Put 'off on a desert safari' in my Skype status to explain my absence and was greeted on return with 'how was your vacation?' from several who had apparently envisaged Sheikh Roberts wafting gently across the Sahara on a camel. Nope, I was in the Mojave, being (willingly) baked alive by Kia.

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