A right old ding-dong broke out this week in France over the proposed pension for soon to depart PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin.

Politicians, unions and, no doubt, the court of public opinion, soon weighed in and, very quickly, M Varin had second thoughts.

Key unions also were keen to impart their thoughts, as this exclusive just-auto report revealed.

But there was a bit of good news - PSA announced a EUR90m spend at a Peugeot plant to build a replacement for its European seven seat familymobile, the 5008.

Just today, came a challenge to the populist thinking that diesels are 'dirtier' than the latest petrol engines. Apparently, not so, according to research in Belgium.

This week we learned that the revived 9-3 - its Saab brand under new management - would return to volume production on Monday, after a gap of getting on for three years.

We also had a couple of end of line stories - the last second generation Mini hatchback, after a million or so - offline at BMW's Plant Oxford and, in a slightly more rarified segment, the last of 14,022 Gallardo super sports cars from Audi supercar unit Lamborghini left the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory in Italy "destined for a private collector".

Ciao.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, just-auto.com