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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

Will the former VW CEO serve jail time for 'dieselgate' now German prosecutors are on the case?Auto shows and dieselgate again - the week

18 April 2019

Two motor shows this week - Shanghai and New York. News, auto show-related, kicked off the week with some improvement on the Chinese sales front as the rate of decline showed signs of slowing in March.

Toyota plans first hybrid car made in Brazil

18 April 2019

Toyota Motor said it would build a hybrid version of the redesigned Corolla sedan in Brazil that will run on electricity, ethanol and petrol, claiming it would be the first vehicle of its kind in the world.

ZF and Foton open second transmission JV plant in China

18 April 2019

Following the ZF establishment of two joint ventures with Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer Foton in 2016, to produce commercial vehicle transmissions, the pair have now opened a second factory in Jiaxing, south of Shanghai.

SEAT spent EUR7.137bn on purchases in 2018

18 April 2019

In a record year for Volkswagen Group Spanish unit SEAT, the purchasing operation spent EUR7.137bn (US$8.061bn) in 2018, up 5.6% year on year.

The Ranger's Return. Ford sees trucks like this and the upcoming Bronco spurring North American profitFord turning to trucks for US profit boost

17 April 2019

Ford has said a shift in production at a Michigan plant to trucks from less profitable cars would lead to a $1bn-plus boost to its operating profit.

Latest Highlander/Kluger is the fourth generationToyota launches 4G Highlander/Kluger at New York show

17 April 2019

Toyota has unveiled its redesigned Highlander [aka Kluger in some markets like Australia] at the New York motor show.

The Nissan plant also builds the X-Class truck for MercedesNissan workers to protest Spanish job cuts on Labour Day

17 April 2019

Nissan workers are expected to demonstrate against Spanish job cuts on Labour Day (1 May) and during the 11-19 Barcelona auto show, local media reports said.

Apple after next generation lidar sensors - report

17 April 2019

Apple has been evaluating at least four companies as possible suppliers of next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars while continuing to work on its own lidar unit, Reuters sources have said.

Aptiv opens China autonomous R&D centre

17 April 2019

Aptiv has expanded autonomous driving R&D worldwide with the new China Autonomous Mobility Centre which joins Boston, Singapore, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas as an autonomous driving engineering hub.

Dana starts Spicer smart axle production in China

17 April 2019

Dana has started China production of its Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axle with SmartConnect disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

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