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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

Marchionne will be leaving a big pair of shoes for someone else to fill in just six months. just-auto considered possible successors this weekLife after Sergio - the week

20 July 2018

Ray Hutton's insightful look at the likely future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after CEO Sergio Marchionne 'leaves' (it's complicated, as you shall see) was one of the most-read articles on just-auto.com this week and, if you haven't already pulled up a coffee and paused from the work of the day for a look, I recommend you do.

Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said.

VW workers complete a Golf on a Wolfsburg lineVW Wolfsburg wins lean production award

20 July 2018

Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg is heading for greater productivity and efficiency "with an exemplary pace of change" according to an assessment by a team of independent experts in its European competition study to make the Lean Production Award for 2018. The internationally renowned award for slim and agile production systems in the automotive industry went to Wolfsburg for the first time.

Indonesia sales fall 11% in June

20 July 2018

New vehicle sales in Indonesia fell by 11.4% to 58,837 units in June from 66,389 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

Kiichiro ToyodaToyota Motor Corporation founder inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

20 July 2018

Cited for extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Toyota Motor Corporation founder and former president Kiichiro Toyoda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last night (19 July) in Detroit.

Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 July 2018

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.

Clearlake sells Sage Automotive Interiors to Asahi Kasei

19 July 2018

Clearlake Capital Group has announced a definitive agreement to sell Sage Automotive Interiors to an affiliate of Asahi Kasei.

Clarity PHEV, like Nissan Leaf, can supply electricity as well as run on it.Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 July 2018

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.

Malaysia sales jump 28% in June

19 July 2018

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 28.3% to 64,502 units in June from 50,273 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

V60 introduces yet another style of 'Thor's hammer' LED DRL in a full-LED light cluster standard on all UK versionsAnother good Volvo arrives at platform SPA

18 July 2018

There was a noticeable air of excitement amongst Volvo Car UK people at the redesigned V60's press launch in Yorkshire this week. This was not at all surprising: as the company's head of PR, Mike Gale (a recent recruit from one time Volvo powertrain partner Renault) noted, the brand has a "long history of wagons".

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