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: iOS (and Android) in the car 7 Mar 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs 28 Feb 2014

Been an interesting week for auto industry executive musical chairs.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not the Porsche GT3's week 21 Feb 2014

'Twas not a good week to be the owner of a shiny new Porsche GT3.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Noticed anything different? 14 Feb 2014

Just in case you haven't noticed yet, 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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ingenuity rewarded 7 Feb 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Suzuki's unique(?) strategy for India 31 Jan 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Focus on financials 24 Jan 2014

After the Detroit product fest of last week, it was time to start thinking of financial results and other things fiscal.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: If it's January it must be Detroit 17 Jan 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Boss-napping' won't solve anything 10 Jan 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Back into the fray... 3 Jan 2014

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 WEEK THAT WAS: Growth opportunities are out there... 20 Dec 2013

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: So much for a quiet December 13 Dec 2013

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 WEEK THAT WAS: GM gets serious in Europe, Ford throws in a 'Stang 6 Dec 2013

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Planned PSA pension ruffles feathers 29 Nov 2013

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: China rules 22 Nov 2013

Despite the obvious attractions in Tokyo (our coverage wrapped here), Los Angeles and, for that matter Guangzhou, events in China attracted many readers this week.

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