The Week That Was
By: Graeme Roberts
Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.
3 May 2013
Those three of you who peruse every bit of just-auto's home page every day will probably already know The Editorial Team had our annual Fun Day Out this week, courtesy of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Test Day. I've been going, on and off, sice 1987 and the agenda follows a refreshingly familar, welll-proven and immensely popular programme which I believe is unique to the UK auto industry. After earlier using other venues, the SMMT nowadays books Millbrook, the former Vauxhall Proving Ground (founded 1968), almost every importer/manufacturer shows up with the allocated six cars, caterers lay out a fine breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea - and we show up and go nuts.
26 April 2013
Results season - Q1 2013, Q4/fiscal year 2012/3, etc. We disappear under a mountain of figures and you get it all neatly sliced, diced and packaged here. Enjoy.
19 April 2013
Off over to Opel's tech centre at Dudenhofen (in the forest south east of Frankfurt) to see and try some of the new engines and gearboxes in the works.
12 April 2013
A first time visit to Oslo this week, to discover a country where winter seems to last 48 weeks of the year. But they grow lots of electricity by dropping water from great heights which must explain the number of electric cars and charge points everywhere.
5 April 2013
Some good sales numbers out of the US this week as new models get favourable reactions and a degree of cautious optimism prevails. Soon we'll get a reality check in the form of the first quarter financial results.
28 March 2013
Award for the most cleverly orchestrated hype this week has gotta go to Tata Motors' Land Rover which unveiled its long-awaited Range Rover Sport in New York this week, a superb case study of how much the method of launching new cars has changed in the digital age.
22 March 2013
Groundhog Day. Once more to Munchen, same day, same flight, same seat even; different venues and host. This time, it was BMW's annual accounts conference, a week after Audi's.
15 March 2013
Most of the good news this week emanated from Germany where yours truly was reporting and tweeting live, for the first time ever, ladies and gentlemen, from the annual results press conference at Ingolstadt, Hauptstadt der Audi.
8 March 2013
The week's industry highlight undoubtedly was the Geneva show. I wasn't there so, without further ado, let me refer you to our cleverly packaged coverage here and especially the comprehensive reviews just published. Mine's a BMW 3GT, if you're asking.
1 March 2013
Full year 2012 results continued rolling in this week with another set of read-em-and-weep figures (if you're at, say Ford of Europe, GME or PSA) from Volkswagen Group. There was a note of caution about 2013 before, a day or two later, came the news of EUR7,200 in annual bonus for each of the worker bees. Nice, if you can get it.
22 February 2013
The steady migration downwards of driver assistance systems took a big leap this week with the announcement of Nissan's new Note for Europe which will come with a whole heap of, probably optional but nonetheless available, kit. We took a closer look at this key development.
15 February 2013
There were more financial results out this week and it was another mixed bag. General Motors' latest black ink was, overall, good. It's still making big profits, mainly based on healthy North American business and continued progress in Asia (especially China where it sold, with its JVs, over 300,000 units in January). Europe's a problem for GM, but that's been the case for a while now, no easy solutions. Also in the good pile was Jaguar Land Rover.
8 February 2013
There have been some cold winds blowing this week, literally and metaphorically. The metaphorical blasts are all too familiar and can be summed up in three words: problems in Europe.
1 February 2013
A mixed week of mostly good news, industry niggle in France and financial woes at PSA excepted. Ford booked a healthy US$5.7bn full year net profit for 2012 - our resident commentator weighed in on that here - and Toyota announced yet more recalls totalling about 1.3m units - mostly Corollas but also some Lexus IS. Airbag control modules and wiper bolt tightness.
25 January 2013
"Come to the South of France and try our updated Verso," said Toyota. "Nice," I said. "Yes," they said, "Nice airport for Cannes and we'll show you our ED2 design studio which did the updates." A little southern Europe winter sun after British snow, I thought, you can guess the rest.
18 January 2013
The prime event of the week was, of course, the 2013 Detroit auto show and, just in case you haven't yet had enough, all our coverage is handily packaged here.
11 January 2013
This time last week I contrasted the generally lousy car sales news coming out of Europe with the generally good news from elsewhere on this mortal orb, with the exception of India, perhaps. This week's been much the same - a lot of good news, still some bad.
4 January 2013
Happy New Year. And all that. Now, for those to whom it applies, the turkey and associated festivities are out of the way for another year, 'tis time to look back at 2012 sales and ahead at 2013.
14 December 2012
If memory serves, about two days ago, our 'slide show' at the top of the home page had four bad-news, job-loss-related stories out of the seven we rotate. Grim.
7 December 2012
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover's late but welcome spread out into niches already well tapped by German rivals Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz attracted considerable reader interest here at just-auto this week.