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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 new pay deal is good news for 120,000 workers including those at Wolfsburg, here celebrating the 44 millionth car made thereVolkswagen and IG Metall agree pay deal

21 February 2018

Volkswagen and its workers' union IG Metall have agreed a new collective agreement on pay and conditions.


Australia 2018 sales off to a strong start

21 February 2018

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a strong start in 2018 with record breaking sales in January, according to the local trade association.


Rugged X is the loaded offroaderToyota Australia develops three new Hilux variants

21 February 2018

Although theirs are actually built in Thailand (ours in Europe come from South Africa), Toyota Australia claims three new 'halo' HiLux variants due out Down Under next April "have a strong Aussie accent due to an extensive development program carried out by the company's Melbourne based designers and engineers".


Chevrolet Trax (aka Vauxhall/Opel Mokka X) is a key GM Korea export in both built and CKD kit form for assembly overseas. Workers will be hoping GM International assigns the next one, due in two years, to a Korean plantGM reportedly allocates two new models to Korea plants

20 February 2018

General Motors plans to produce two new models in South Korea, according to media reports.


New magnet will be used in future electric motors such as the successor to this fourth generation Prius unitToyota develops electric motor magnet better for environment

20 February 2018

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) said it had developed the (claimed) world's first neodymium reduced, heat resistant magnet for electrified vehicle motors.


Contractors shifted 700,000 square metres of earth to prepare the construction site for an assembly hall occupying 220,000Daimler adding uber-green Factory 56 at Sindelfingen

20 February 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has started construction of its so called Factory 56, effectively a new production hall (Werk 56) at Sindelfingen.


VW Russia starts Skoda Kodiaq production

20 February 2018

Volkswagen Group Russia has started building group brand Skoda's Kodiaq SUV at its GAZ Group plant in Nizhny Novgorod.


Moody's upgrades Faurecia's rating

20 February 2018

Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Faurecia SA (Faurecia) to Ba1 from Ba2. The outlook on the ratings is stable, the credit agency said.


We had to chop off a few years to fit it all in but you get the idea...Subaru has been in the US for a half century

19 February 2018

From little acorns, big oaks grow. Yeah, yeah, it's a tired old cliche but it aptly describes the rise of Subaru of America (SOA) which just celebrated its 50th birthday at its Cherry Hill, New Jersey (NJ) base.


XC 40 gains T3 I3 petrol engine option. A PHEV version will follow as will a BEV variantVolvo launches petrol I3 engine in XC40

19 February 2018

Geely's Volvo Cars has introduced its three cylinder, petrol Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, its recently launched first entry into the compact SUV segment.




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