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: Carlos sharpens the pruning knife 17 Apr 2014

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%.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The bubble car returns 11 Apr 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ford plant for sale. Sold! To Mitsubishi 4 Apr 2014

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Assembly plant week? 28 Mar 2014

OK, OK, I admit it - this week is looking a bit like Assembly Plant

THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW, Jaguar, RAF... 21 Mar 2014

A busy week for the team this week as we fanned out across Europe - and beyond - to cover a series of interesting industry events.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Storm clouds gathering over GM 14 Mar 2014

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.

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.

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