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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


RAV4 in its intended element. This is new Design specification. Panoramic roof is optional25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV4

18 January 2019

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larger Toyota iteration of Suzuki's Vitara, a two-litre petrol engine, side opening rear door and tailgate mounted spare wheel.


Tesla axing 3,000 workers as cars too expensive

18 January 2019

Tesla CEO Musk has told employees the company will cut about 7% of its workers as its cars are too expensive.


Ford already builds and sells the medium size Ranger globally so is the ideal partner to develop the new truck to share with VWFord and Volkswagen announce commercial vehicle alliance

15 January 2019

As widely expected, Volkswagen and Ford have announced the first formal agreements of broad alliance that will see Ford develop medium pickup trucks for worldwide sale by both automakers, collaboration on vans for Europe and likely partnerships for mobility and electrification.


Mitsubishi Europe sales rise in 2018

15 January 2019

Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME), currently reorganising and expanding its Netherlands based operations, boosted calendar year 2018 sales 19% year on year to 165,259 vehicles.


ZF supplied the e-axle for Dennis' fuel cell busZF supplies electric drive axle for British fuel cell bus

15 January 2019

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is expanding its product line, adding a double-decker model powered by a fuel cell drive. This new model is also equipped with ZF's AxTrax AVE electric drive axle to prevent local emissions. ZF also provided additional hardware and software for optimum performance.


Ghosn again denied bail

15 January 2019

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has again been denied bail in Japan.


Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in wireless charging

15 January 2019

Volvo Group Venture Capital, a subsidiary of the truck and construction equipment making Volvo Group, has invested in Momentum Dynamics – a leading company in high power wireless charging of electric vehicles.


New Corolla (nee Auris) is first European Toyota to offer two hybrid powertrainsToyota officially starts Corolla production in UK

14 January 2019

Toyota has marked the official start of production of the redesigned Corolla hatchback and wagon with a ceremony at UK car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.


Mercedes Sprinter vans on a US assembly line. They are imported in knocked-down form from GermanyDetroit - Germans emphasise US importance

14 January 2019

As the last 'winter' Detroit show opens, German trade association VDA's managing director has stressed the importance of the US market to his country's automakers.


Ghosn got EUR7m through Dutch JV - reports

14 January 2019

A Dutch joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi paid since-ousted Renault-Nissan alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn EUR7m (US$8million), media reports said.




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