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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


Now what is Trump up to with "big news" tweet?

23 May 2018

US president Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pledged to revive American manufacturing, said on Wednesday "big news" was coming that would be welcomed by US auto workers.


GST Autoleather out of Chapter 11

23 May 2018

GST AutoLeather, a specialist in automotive leather components, and its subsidiaries exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 22 May under new ownership.


Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cut announcement

23 May 2018

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars.


Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla Autopilot ads

23 May 2018

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology, a news agency reported.


Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report

23 May 2018

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time.


Christ joined Lexus earlier this year as vice president of sales operationsLexus shuffles US exec deck

23 May 2018

David Christ has been named to succeed Jeff Bracken as Lexus group vice president and general manager, overseeing all aspects of US Lexus automotive operations, including sales, marketing, customer service and dealer operations.


Volvo UK links with Amazon for test drive bookings

23 May 2018

Potential buyers in the UK can now book test drives through Amazon thanks to a collaboration between Prime Now, the online retailer's ultra-fast delivery service and Volvo Car UK.


Mercedes retrofit teaches old(er) cars new tricks

23 May 2018

Owners of older Mercedes-Benz models can now access a range of digital services through the Mercedes me Adapter app, on either a smartphone or online, thanks to an adapter offered through dealers. In the UK, for a limited time, both the adapter – and the cost of fitting it – are free.


Gloomy outlook on EU/US trade deal

22 May 2018

Europe's proposals to open its markets wider to US products - including cars - appear not to have persuaded Washington to lift the threat of import tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, the bloc's trade chief has said.


Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 brake problem

22 May 2018

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has admitted there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it could be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.




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