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.


Ford Goes Further - the week that was

2 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A busy week for the just-auto team, with editor Dave Leggett and business editor Simon Warburton both out at events while yours truly minded the shop. We heard, in fact, there were no fewer than eight new model launches for UK media this week, including an Audi event in New Mexico.


Electric cars to drool over - the week

25 Nov 2016 | Dave Leggett

Quite naturally, fully electric cars are seen as a green choice. If we put aside the thorny question of how the electricity has actually been generated for the zero emission vehicle, it's a rather marvellous thing: A car being propelled by a propulsion system that isn't reliant on burning fossil fuels at the point of use.


Trump trauma continues - the week that was

18 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A certain president-elect Trump remained in the news this week, as you'd expect. First up, a couple of possible scenarios from LMC Automotive, one of which foresees the sales loss of a million units a year for the US. LMC's 'Adverse Trump' scenario assumes that many, though still not all, of the stated Trump policies are implemented. The resulting slowdown in the US economy, and declining trade flows between several of the world's largest economies, has far-reaching consequences around the globe, it says. It would also include more punitive tariffs on Mexican and Chinese goods, which is ultimately extended to other countries. A 'strong retaliatory response' would be expected.


America gets Trumped - the week that was

11 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Big news on Wednesday as the US woke up to the news it wasn't going to be Good Morning, Madame President as the polls had confidently predicted. Instead, like it or not, it's Trump for president-elect. So we dived in early with a look at what the Trump victory could mean for the automotive industry? The end of NAFTA? Thirty-five percent duty on anything from Mexico. A million percent tariff on autos and steel from the much-maligned, job-hoovering China?


A little sales glitch at Ford - the week

4 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Unusual story of the week - 'fire at Ford HQ' slows sales data reporting'. Conjured up visions of people throwing computers out the window of Dearborn HQ and jumping out after them. No, nothing as dramatic, merely a fire in a substation cutting the electricity for a bit and slowing dealer reporting and HQ collation. Hence our Man in the US sending a two-part report on (still slowing) US sales. Instalment one here; two here.


What's with this Brexit thing, Watson?

28 Oct 2016 | Dave Leggett

Brexit has been in the news again this week, its implications stretching far and wide, sometimes confounding expectations. On the plus side, the UK economy is performing relatively well according to the latest data. In the auto sector, there was also the welcome announcement from Nissan that it will invest in future new models at Sunderland.


Eastern Europe labour worries surface this week

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

I doubt things are at the Panic Button stage but, as automakers and suppliers continue to pile into 'low cost' eastern Europe - this announcement of expanded output from Toyota just today is just one example - a question of labour availability and/or retention is beginning to surface.


The post-Brexit vote update; we'd like your views - the week

14 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Brexit and its possible effects - good or bad - continues to be very much in the news here in Britain. This week, we heard from the SMMT's chief executive Mike Hawes on the trade association's view of some of the latest developments and the UK auto industry's concerns. We are also conducting a quick survey on the subject of Brexit, looking to get feedback on how business confidence is being impacted and any other views that people may wish to share. If you would like to participate, please do, by following this link - and we thank you for your time.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Suppliers to the fore...

7 Oct 2016 | Dave Leggett

The big motor shows tend to be remembered for the cars on display and there’s nothing wrong with that.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Chasing the minister across the show

30 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Occasionally there are coincidences that brighten the day.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Mobileye v Tesla

23 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The spat between Tesla and Mobileye resurfaced again this week and was the most-read news item. Mobileye reiterated it had expressed safety concerns to Tesla regarding the use of autopilot hands-free and Tesla had confirmed that activation of autopilot would be "hands on". Despite this confirmation, autopilot was rolled out in late 2015 with a "hands-free" activation mode. Mobileye had made substantial efforts since then to take more control on how this project could be steered to a proper functional safety system, it said in a statement. Subsequently, after some to-and-fro the relationship between the two ended. That was just one of several automated driving articles we had this week.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Ford sets out its stall

16 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A big event this week was Ford's Investor Day on Wednesday. I know when I'm beat so we called on our resident economist and just-auto chief Dave Leggett to do the preview followed by an interesting reports on profit forecast and exciting news of autonomous vehicle goals by 2021 which is only five years away. There's more to come, too.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Platform tales

9 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Psst - want to know all about Lexus future models and platforms? We've got you covered. Our well-researched article this week takes a very comprehensive look and proved as popular with readers as our earlier examination of parent company Toyota's models. Well worth a read if you have not reached either yet.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - A short one but lots happened

2 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Was Volkswagen's row with two of its suppliers for a week or so, though a relatively small dispute with minor component manufacturers, the giant automaker firing a warning shot across partsmakers' bows?


THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

26 Aug 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Two of the world's largest automakers - Volkswagen and General Motors - have been in the news again this week, neither for entirely good reasons. Let's start with VW and its supplier row.



Forgot your password?