The Week That Was
By: Graeme Roberts
Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.
PSA's Carlos Tavares wasted little time getting his feet under the CEO's table before announcing he was getting the pruning knife out to hack away at the fiendishly complicated global Citroen and Peugeot product lines, all in pursuit of a 2% operating margin by 2018 with a longer-term target of 5%.
There's a tale told that Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (the merged Austin and Morris post-war), eyed Isetta bubble cars and their ilk - result of the 1956 Suez Oil Crisis and general postwar austerity - and ordered Alec Issigonis to design something to get 'em (stronger words were used) off the roads.
It's not unusual for one automaker to buy a plant from another and Mitsubishi's purchase of a Philippines plant from Ford makes perfect sense.
OK, OK, I admit it - just-auto.com this week is looking a bit like Assembly Plant News.com
A busy week for the just-auto.com team this week as we fanned out across Europe - and beyond - to cover a series of interesting industry events.
Due probably to the fact, the odd Opel GT roadster excepted, most of the 1.6m affected cars were sold in North America, General Motors' 'ignition switch recall' has attracted little attention here in Olde Englande. But, across the other side of the Atlantic, storm clouds are building.
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.
Been an interesting week for auto industry executive musical chairs.
'Twas not a good week to be the owner of a shiny new Porsche GT3.
Just in case you haven't noticed yet, just-auto.com 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.
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.
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.
After the Detroit product fest of last week, it was time to start thinking of financial results and other things fiscal.
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.
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: Carlos sharpens the knife
- ANALYSIS: The models to be axed by PSA's Tavares
- PRODUCT EYE: Porsche 911 Turbo
- Management briefing: UK engine manufacturing (1)
- COMMENT: Beijing wants a greener auto sector
- 2014 BEIJING SHOW: Global debuts list
- Ford Mulally successor announcement expected
- GM restructures global engineering
- 2014 NYIAS: List of world premieres
- Daimler-BYD JV launches Denza electric car