The Week That Was
By: Graeme Roberts
Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given our target audience, the most-read news item on just-auto this week was about a Geneva new product roll-out, but it wasn't a new car.
Been an interesting week for auto industry executive musical chairs.
'Twas not a good week to be the owner of a shiny new Porsche GT3.
Just in case you haven't noticed yet, just-auto.com has a new look. Take a bow, the inhouse team that developed it all (including the systems we editorial bods use to publish stuff like this) and, unlike some 'techies' I have worked with, respond to constructive complaints with regular tweaks to the software rather than machine gun fire.
No matter who makes what using what, there's always a boffin or two in a lab somewhere figuring out a new way of doing it. That was my thought on sighting a bit of news from Hyundai Motor's Kia affiliate this week.
A busy week with a lot happening on many fronts. Most interesting for me - and most read by you - was an announcement from Suzuki in Japan about India that came out of left field and is, I think, a global autobiz first.
After the Detroit product fest of last week, it was time to start thinking of financial results and other things fiscal.
The Detroit show - press days of - dominated the news this week and, as usual, we have grouped our coverage into one handy take-home pack.
A dispute in France caught the eye last week. A couple of unfortunate Goodyear executives found themselves at the sharp end of an industrial relations dispute involving worker compensation for a planned plant closure.
Well, it's been a very short working week - just two days in fact - but the new year has already given us auto industry talking points. As expected, the game of poker being played out between Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne and the UAW over the valuation of the UAW healthcare trust's remaining stake in Chrysler has come to an amicable conclusion.
The European car market may be a challenging place and likely to remain so in 2014, but this week's digest of news in the auto biz shows no shortage of opportunities around the world.
Auto things quieten down in December, don't they? So nothing much happened this week - just a new female CEO at GM, an auto industry global first, the same company's confirmation of an end to Australian manufacture and some signs of drawback in the alliance with PSA. Meh.
The month of December is generally one of the quieter ones in the automotive news reporting calendar, but there was plenty going on last week to keep our minds off the festive season.
A right old ding-dong broke out this week in France over the proposed pension for soon to depart PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin.
Despite the obvious attractions in Tokyo (our coverage wrapped here), Los Angeles and, for that matter Guangzhou, events in China attracted many just-auto.com readers this week.
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- COMMENT: Russian auto jitters in Crimea poker
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- EXCLUSIVE: Renault axes another EV
- Jaguar recruits Beckham as China brand ambassador
- 'One Ford' has kept us alive in Europe
- Tata mulls platform collaboration with Chery
- Geely to axe domestic brands
- Tesla: The Californian start-up that made head way on the automotive giants
- Dacia: The no frills automotive brand, that is becoming a serious world contender
- China’s One-Child Policy is Shaping a New Automotive Landscape
- PLDB - vehicle cycle plan database (annual subscription)
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