THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris, US SAAR, Peugeot's piano...
Peugeot's re-take on the piano
The main event this week was, of course, the bi-annual Paris motor show and we had numerous reports - and blogs - from our team in the French capital.
All our coverage is in here and, among the highlights as cars like the much-anticipated Jaguar F-TYPE and Opel's ADAM were revealed (both automakers insist on those capital letters, if you're wondering), came the rather unusual news that Peugeot had redesigned the piano. We always expect a surprise or two at the big international shows, Toyota had kept pretty quiet about its new Auris wagon, for example, but Peugeot's stylish retinkering of the ivories - the raised keyboard intended to allow concert goers to better see the virtuoso's hands - is clever thinking right outside the box. Much more of that and Porsche Design will have competition on its hands.
While Glenn Brooks was newsgathering across the show floor, Simon Warburton was interviewing top people at GKN Driveline, European supplier group CLEPA and Japanese supplier body JAPIA and also talked to CLEPA's former CEO about the ongoing fallout over Saab's demise. All worth a read.
Across the Atlantic, it's almost September sales results time and both WardsAuto and Edmunds this week kicked in with updated SAAR forecasts only 200,000 units apart for the year to date, things over there appear to be well on the up with Wards noting the SAAR tally is at a 54-month high.
Pity, it's not looking nearly so rosy here in Europe...
Have a nice weekend,
Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, just-auto.com