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: 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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Advanced technologies in the news and behind it 11 Jul 2014

The boffins at Jaguar Land Rover revealed this week that they have come up with something akin to an on-board assistant built into your car.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More GM recalls 4 Jul 2014

General Motors started this week by continuing to honour CEO Mary Barra's oft-repeated promise - which is essentially to make good any car not good - so back to US dealers will go another 400,000-odd locally (and even Australian)-made cars for fixes various.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interview time 27 Jun 2014

We've been hearing from several key auto industry chiefs this week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Similar superminis 20 Jun 2014

Being more or less permanently welded to the just-auto newsdesk, I don't get out much though, after this week's experience of overcrowded trains, airports and Dutch motorways, that's probably not a bad idea. But I was briefly cut free again, this time to go try Toyota's new tiddler.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: An electrifying experience in a Nissan van 13 Jun 2014

I have been indulging my fetish for electrified vehicles this week, heading for sunny Barcelona to see what happens when the powertrain and various other bits of Nissan's Leaf, a personal favourite, are stuffed into the NV200 van.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Recall axe falls at GM 6 Jun 2014

There are 15 vacant desks at General Motors in the US today - the latest development in the debacle that saw a faulty ignition switch design cleared for production and installation in around 2.6m cars.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Eyes on Russia 30 May 2014

In a bit of a change from my usual weekly epistle, may I first draw your attention to some articles from Our (occasional) Man in Russia, Simon Warburton, fresh back from (deep breath) the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014. We've bundled up his articles, including the odd travelogue blog, here in one handy all-inclusive take-home pack. Well worth a read.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: JCI's Chinese interiors joint venture 23 May 2014

Johnson Controls' announcement of a global joint venture with a Chinese interiors supplier attracted much interest from just-auto readers this week as you'd expect. Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems, the component group of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, Chinese JV partners of General Motors and Volkswagen, so this is a partnership of two real auto industry biggies.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW gets bigger 16 May 2014

News of VW's first EV for the US drew plenty of interest from just-auto readers this week. For good measure, the automaker also took full control of truckmaker Scania. Plus Japanese automakers enjoyed good ratings in a survey of OEMs' relationships with suppliers.

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