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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

Wabco to buy out Meritor joint venture

18 September 2017

Wabco Holdings said it would take full ownership of the Meritor Wabco joint venture and has signed an agreement to purchase its partyner's stakefor US$250m.

Despite a number of notable absentees, the Frankfurt show was still worth the trip. Now open to the public, the Messe will be packed Frankfurt (mostly) - the week

15 September 2017

Of course, many eyes were either at or on the bi-annual Frankfurt show this week. Including ours.

Fiesta assembly in Thailand is expected to end soon, according to an Australian reportFord Australia 2019 Focus 'likely' to come from Europe - report

15 September 2017

Ford Australia will import the redesigned 2019 Focus small car, but not from China, as will be the case in North America, a local media report said.

A Powershift gear selector in a UK market FordFord to be sued in US over PowerShift transmissions

15 September 2017

A US law firm says it will, by the end of this monthm file suit on behalf of Fiesta and Focus owners against Ford over dry clutch PowerShift automatic transmissions.

35 Mirai FCVs will be delivered to Hamburg in due courseToyota supplies Mirai FCVs to German ride sharer

15 September 2017

The first 20 (of 35) Toyota Mirai were handed over to the CleverShuttle ridesharing service in Hamburg this week.

Volvo Car UK establishes wholesale used car unit

15 September 2017

Volvo Car UK has reorganised its wholesale used car operations as part of its strategy to extend its used car business.

Porsche SE completes PTV acquisition

15 September 2017

Porsche Automobil Holding SE has now closed the acquisition of nearly 100% of PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG (PTV) in Karlsruhe, Germany, as announced in June.

VW's China operations are replacing nearly 5m Takata inflators in 2018VW China recalling 4.86m vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

14 September 2017

Volkswagen Group China (VGC), with Volkswagen (China) Import (VGIC), FAW-Volkswagen Automotive (FAW-VW) and SAIC Volkswagen Automotive (SAIC VW), will recall vehicles with Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflators (PSAN without desiccant).

Autoliv eyes separating passive safety and electronics units

14 September 2017

Autoliv is conducting a strategic review of its operating structure with the intent to create separate companies from its current passive safety and electronics business segments.

AGC glass screens in the redesigned A8's cockpitAudi A8 to feature AGC's cover glass for car-mounted displays

14 September 2017

Asahi Glass (AGC) said its new glass for car displays, which went into production in May, will be installed in Audi's redesigned A8 flagship sedan which will be the first mass-produced vehicle to incorporate curved cover glass.

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