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: The premium electric SUV segment comes into view 21 Aug 2015

Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to see different OEM strategies emerging.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jaguar Land Rover goes large 14 Aug 2015

The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant in Central/Eastern Europe was under consideration as part of the Tata-owned premium firm's fairly ambitious growth plans.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Flint down but not out by any means 7 Aug 2015

Whenever I hear the word Flint I always think of a certain Michael Moore, native of that Michigan city, and his movie Roger & Me about the closure of a vast swathe of factories that once made up General Motors' Buick City.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Mitsubishi throws in US towel 31 Jul 2015

The big news on just-auto this week was Mitsubishi Motors finally calling time on US manufacturing.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toyota's fuel cell vehicle cometh 24 Jul 2015

Toyota's GB's 50th birthday announcement it would launch the Mirai this September attracted a lot of interest on just-auto this week, as well it might.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The car he said he'd never do? 17 Jul 2015

Starter for 10 - what new car headed for launch at Frankfurt next September is a vehicle the chief designer swore he'd never do?

THE WEEK THAT WAS: JLR returning to global manufacturing? 10 Jul 2015

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover looks like it is slowly building up to a global manufacturing footprint that, at least a little, mirrors the spread achieved by its brands' one-time owner, British Leyland.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop 3 Jul 2015

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Game changing' car configurator 26 Jun 2015

Our most-read story on just-auto this week was also an exclusive - all about a game changing car configurator technology that will revolutionise the car buying experience at the point where new car buyers are considering and specifying cars that they will potentially purchase. Audi is the first customer for the new technology that is now being rolled out across its dealers globally.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chop Alfa or Sergio? 19 Jun 2015

Time for Alfa or Sergio to go? That was the title of a Comment piece by our US sales analyst Bill Cawthon which attracted plenty of looks on just-auto this week. Cawthon has decades of association with and analysis of the Chrysler part of Fiat Chrysler and a read is recommended.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The self-parking Beemer 12 Jun 2015

It would appear our new Research Snapshots have gone down a treat with our readers, judging by the popularity of our review of door innovations this week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing 5 Jun 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the international show circuit again? 29 May 2015

As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook page may have guessed, when I'm not helping to cover the current cutting edge state of the autobiz, I like to wallow in a rose-tinted backview of the 1960s when British, Australian and Canadian cars dominated my import-restricted former colony, V8s were an attainable aspiration (one could put one in one's Cortina if one so wished), petrol was cheap (diesel for trucks only) and the Holy Grail for a Kiwi Kar Nut was the annual Earls Court show in London.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Driving for fun... 22 May 2015

I was at the SMMT's annual test day yesterday. At this agreeable event, vehicle manufacturers make cars available for journalists to drive at a proving ground, so it's an opportunity to get an update on latest product and meet up with people - either arranged or because you happen to bump into them.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again... 15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.

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