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: Takata the new Firestone? 5 Dec 2014

Back from two weeks' 'staycation', the words that stood out as I returned to the news desk last Monday were 'Takata' and 'Honda'. And, as the latest developments in this long-running saga occurred throughout the week, I started to think of two more words: 'Ford' and 'Firestone'. Remember all that back at the beginning of this decade? If not, this 2005 story from our archives neatly summarises it.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety: the good, the bad and the ugly 28 Nov 2014

One thing that has always got everyone in the automotive business talking is safety. It's an interesting one. Cars have become much safer in recent decades, of course.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: All eyes on Vienna as nuclear talks start 21 Nov 2014

I've come off the bench this week, as just-auto news editor, Graeme Roberts, takes a well-earned sojorn in Shakespeare's home county, HQ also of global good news story, JLR, of which more later.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Lexus concedes to Germany 14 Nov 2014

An intriguing yet realistic admission from the chief of Lexus Europe this week - the Germans can't be beat so the Toyota luxury brand will tussle for fourth place. Also some interesting comments on Lexus' lack of diesels - which is one reason why the Germans dominate.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs at Ford 7 Nov 2014

We've just this afternoon had official confirmation of what became this week's biggest news - as broken this morning by just-auto, top Ford executives Stephen Odell and Jim Farley are to swap jobs.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house... 31 Oct 2014

Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the week of Halloween, but safety was an underlying theme in some of this week's news.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting... 24 Oct 2014

If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week's autobiz news, 'interesting' is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris, the US, Sweden... 17 Oct 2014

This week, we wrapped up our Paris show coverage with a comprehensive two-part management briefing which proved very popular - it's here and here.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More from Paris and a key new Ford 10 Oct 2014

Interviews conducted at the Paris show have been published this week - chats with François Bancon at Infiniti and Maxim Picat at Peugeot (also here) and also more from Ford's Mark Fields.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris gets closer 26 Sep 2014

If you're heading to Paris for the motor show next month, or even if not, may I recommend the show preview we published this week as a management briefing? This second key show on the European calendar promises many new models and we'll be there in force (next week) to cover them and speak to key industry players.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish swallowed by even bigger fish 19 Sep 2014

The big news this week was the long-expected announcement ZF would swallow TRW whole, re-establishing the respected chassis systems and safety equipment maker as a separate business division in a US$13.5bn deal.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs 12 Sep 2014

After last week's news concerning top Nissan/Infiniti executive Andy Palmer's move to Aston Martin, came another shift - a BMW German region head to replace Palmer at the helm of Infiniti.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nissan's top Brit jumps ship 5 Sep 2014

I reckon this week's autobiz surprise out of left field was the almost simultaneous announcements that Nissan Motor chief planning officer Andy Palmer would leave the automaker and return to his homeland as the new CEO of Aston Martin.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: And what a week... 1 Sep 2014

I submit, yeronner, brain fade, the leap straight from summer holiday to Swedish presser and an exceptionally busy week for the delay in this column arriving in an inbox near you.

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.

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