The Week That Was
By: Graeme Roberts
Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.
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.
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.
30 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Occasionally there are coincidences that brighten the day.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
19 Aug 2016 | Graeme Roberts
I was rather intrigued to see our story about Audi introducing a new wireless charging case for the popular iPhone 6/6S (iPhone 7 will be announced 7 September and go on sale 23 September, the techie media reckon) was the 'most-read' on just-auto this week.
12 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
We live in an increasingly connected up society and the way things are going, we will not be escaping always-on personal connectivity when we get into our cars. We published a nice feature this week that considers some of the latest developments.
22 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
The auto industry's current roster of infamous, recall-related scandals remained in the just-auto news this week as further revelations unfolded. Example: this article, confirming an aspect of the saga already well scrutinised by both regulators and media - air bag supplier Takata routinely manipulated results of inflator tests supplied to Honda. Just today, we learned US regulators, aka NHTSA, want GM to recall another 4.3m Takata inflator-equipped vehicles. To use an old media biz term, this story 'has legs' and it sure will run awhile yet.
15 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Biggest story of this week, as far as you lot were concerned, the announcement Mazda is to end a long-standing alliance with Ford on 'medium' pickup trucks and hitch up with Isuzu instead.
8 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Although Britain's actual departure from the European Union is still at least two years off and the exit procedure won't be triggered till we have a new prime minister, 'Brexit' is still a key talking point and we've been on it.
1 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
As I very much expected, cooler heads started to bubble to the top after last week's shock 'Brexit' vote by over half of the citizenry of this United Kingdom to reign in excessive control of our country by unelected Europeans - minor details like capping immigration to sustainable levels, letting our judges make court rulings that can't be overruled in Brussels, fish what we want out of our own seas, that sort of thing. Despite the doomsayers, the sun still rose and set, the country continued to make components and cars and the 'summer' continued to be rubbish. Meanwhile, the FTSE recovered what it lost, if not the pound, Obama's threat to put us in the back of a queue for a US trade deal was largely quietly countermanded by officials with more sense and even certain EU voices were heard to utter that access to the single market (which the auto industry wants, of course) might even be possible with concessions on immigration and other matters that led to the majority Brexit vote.
24 Jun 2016 | Graeme Roberts
It would be fair to say that fear and trepidation abounds here in the UK this day as, after the polls were proved wrong (again), we learned in the early hours of Friday (24 June) just over half of those who turned out to vote yesterday opted to 'leave the EU' starting a process dubbed 'Brexit' that will take several years and has already taken the (voluntary) scalp of our prime minister. Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth, hyperactive round the clock TV coverage, pundit soundbites galore and much social media hissy-fit throwing (most of the latter from the 'Remain' camp). So, let us soothe the fevered brow a little.