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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

Toyoda: Toyota promises variety of vehicle types as well as EVs

19 September 2017

Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda said the automaker would continue to make a variety of vehicle types even though tighter global regulations are prompting development of more electric vehicles.

Accord, built at Marysville since November 1982, was first Japanese car line assembled in the USHonda America begins mass production of new 2018 Accord

19 September 2017

Honda of America (HAM) marked the start of volume production of the redesigned 2018 Accord (the first Honda model built in the US back in 1982) with an announcement of new spending and jobs at the factory in Ohio.

Knorr-Bremse withdraws offer for Haldex

19 September 2017

Knorr-Bremse has announced the withdrawal of its public offer for Haldex.

Iranian customs hold up 15,000 new imported cars

19 September 2017

Some 15,000 cars are held up at customs in Iran for regulatory reasons, according to a local media report.

Iranian car output up 22% in five months

19 September 2017

Fresh data on Iranian car production showed a 21.8% growth during the first five months of the current fiscal year that started in March, a local report said.

Milestone car was a grey Kicks similar to thisNissan Brazil plant builds 150,000 cars in three years

19 September 2017

Three years after starting operations, Nissan Brazil has built 150,000 cars at its Resende Industrial Complex.

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.

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