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 - Ford sets out its stall

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Platform tales

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - A short one but lots happened

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?


THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Wireless charging iPhone in Audi

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.


THE WEEK – Connected and secure…

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.


Recalls redux - the week that was

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.


Mazda changes pickup truck alliance - the week

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.


Still more on Brexit - the week that was

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Brexit fallout and recovery

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.


And so Brexit begins - The Week That Was

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

17 Jun 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched back down in Blighty, after a week covering the 2016 Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China, and it was time for us to sling him back onto a plane, this one bound for the 'Detroit of Russia', St Petersburg.


THE WEEK - The phone will introduce you to your car, sir

10 Jun 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Like almost every other aspect of the autobiz, the retailing and service side is changing. Tesla has gone to war in the US to end the cosy manufacturer/dealer relationships and sell direct to the end user. Extensive consolidation into massive dealer groups has taken place worldwide (RIP most 'mom 'n' pop' shops) and almost all outlets these days - even in my small town - seem to be big, smart, glass and chrome edifices populated by sales staff toting tablets and electronics-savvy 'technicians' in place of the grease-stained 'mechanic' of yore. Handover of the new car has also changed - how about a virtual reality presentation?


THE WEEK – VW Group not yet in the pink

3 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen is obviously not having the best of times right now -  the brand or the group.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - platforms to go to

20 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Need help with General Motors' future platform strategy? We have you covered with this handy, pocket, go-to guide that was a smash hit with just-auto readers this week. Speaking of platforms, Volvo this week revealed a couple of concept cars that hint at what it is doing with its version of the new CMA architecture being developed jointly with Chinese parent Geely. And we got the inside view about how that cooperation is working out from the chief of R&D.



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