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Graeme Roberts

Graeme RobertsBiography

Graeme Roberts has been deputy and news editor of just-auto.com since 2000. Car-mad virtually from birth, he began writing features for a B2B fleet magazine in his native New Zealand in 1983 before becoming a reporter on a fortnightly motoring and motor sports tabloid and then motoring editor of the evening newspaper in his home town.

During his first stint in the UK in the late 1980s, Roberts worked briefly on the newsdesk at Autocar before becoming launch deputy editor of Diesel Car magazine. Back in New Zealand, he freelanced as a motoring and personal computing journalist and also worked as an account manager for a PR agency, specialising in computing and networking.

He returned to the UK in the mid-90s, initially as a part-time PR at the then Rover-run Heritage Motor Centre museum and conference centre in Warwickshire and, after a brief but enjoyable stint on news and consumer issues at Auto Express magazine and work at three PR agencies, where clients included Mercedes-Benz and construction equipment maker JCB, returned to journalism at a motoring news, road test and features agency before joining just-auto.

Columns by Graeme Roberts

The Week That Was

The Week That Was

Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.

Articles by Graeme Roberts

The COVID-19 coronavirus is impacting the auto sector in multiple direct and indirect ways, supply-side and demand-sideUPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

10 July 2020

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automotive sector

The world's light vehicle market is forecast by just-auto parent company GlobalData to decline by 17.2% to 73.6m units in 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic falloutSales recovering but outlook still grim - the week

10 July 2020

Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic, which is showing troubling signs of a resurgence in many countries following the relaxing of lockdown restrictions, continues to affect new vehicle sales.

Third Luton shift got the go-ahead after negotiations between Vauxhall workers union and PSAUnion green lights third PSA vans shift at Luton

10 July 2020

PSA's Vauxhall Vans plant in Luton will add a third shift, from Sunday 12 July, following negotiations with unions at several UK sites.

CATL and Honda agree EV battery strategic alliance

10 July 2020

China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) and Honda Motor said they had signed an agreement "to form a comprehensive strategic alliance on new energy vehicle batteries to strengthen their strategic partnership and promote the popularisation of e-mobility".

Toyota, Mitsubishi may miss Philippine production incentive targets

10 July 2020

The sharp decline in the Philippine vehicle market this year, due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, has put the government’s recently launched Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) under threat, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.

Tata Motors Group global wholesales plunge in first quarter

10 July 2020

Unsurprisingly, given global availability of Jaguar Land Rover models and the COVID-19 pandemic, Tata Motors Group global wholesales in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020/21, including JLR, fell 64% year on year to 91,594.

Amazon to use stock awards to keep Zoox workers - report

10 July 2020

Amazon plans to create at least US$100m in stock awards to retain the approximately 900 employees of Zoox, the self-driving car startup it offered to buy last month, and can walk away from the deal if large numbers of them turn down job offers from the technology giant, Reuters reported.

Tesla 'very close' to level 5 autonomous driving technology - Elon Musk

9 July 2020

Tesla is "very close" to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, chief executive Elon Musk was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Union slams JLR logistics worker job cuts

9 July 2020

Two in five workers employed by DHL on a JLR logistics contract face redundancy, across full time, salaried and agency staff, auto workers union Unite said in a statement.

New Alabama plant extension will house a new V6 engine assembly lineToyota Alabama plant passes two expansion milestones

9 July 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) said its factory achieved two significant milestones in July 2020 as part of its US$288m expansion, originally announced in March 2019. After completion in 2021, the plant will add 450 new jobs and represent a US$1.2bn investment that solidifies the Huntsville facility as the automaker’s largest engine producer in North America.

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