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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

Order follows a cooperation agreement announced in August 2016Uber to buy 24,000 Volvo XC90s

20 November 2017

Geely's Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber to sell "tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021".

Tesla claims its Semi electric truck will be ready for delivery in 2019Tesla's Semi concept draws focus on electric trucks

20 November 2017

Following last week's announcement of a Tesla electric truck with first deliveries in 2019, just-auto's QUBE research database has updated its section covering such vehicles. We note that, while the rise of electric passenger vehicles is firmly established, it's taken longer for electric trucks and commercial vehicles to appear in the mainstream automotive industry. The drive towards electrified powertrains stems from the worldwide effort to lower emissions, significantly hastened by toughened legislation in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions fixing scandal. Some European nations are already introducing bans on the future sale of non-electrified vehicles, so the inevitable turn toward electric power is a considerable concern for vehicle manufacturers.

Orders have opened for Mercedes Vans' all electric e-VitoMercedes starts taking e-Vito orders in Germany

20 November 2017

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive, starting with the mid-size eVito, now available to order, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018.

Volkswagen boosts revenue forecast

20 November 2017

Volkswagen reportedly now expects group revenue to exceed 2016's record EUR217bn by more than 25% by 2020, up from a March forecast of more than 20%.

Chery is merging Brazil operations with a seasoned local partnerStruggling Chery calls in local help in Brazil - the week

17 November 2017

Our Man in Brazil, Fernando Calmon, reported this week on an interesting development that sees seasoned local importer, assembler and distributor CAOA Group join with Chery to manage Chery's factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The deal is valued at around US$60m for CAOA to acquire 50% of the Chinese brand's Brazilian operations including the Jacarei plant, in the Greater Sao Paulo area; importation and sales are included.

Officials launch the Polo sedan replacement in Sao PauloVW Brazil Virtus replaces Polo sedan

17 November 2017

Volkswagen has launched a new compact sedan called Virtus in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new model, developed especially for South America, replaces the Polo sedan, is based on the MQB modular platform and is claimed to be among the most spacious cars in its segment.

JLR says JLR, Ford and Tata begin connected car trials in Coventry

17 November 2017

The UK's largest trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has moved onto public roads, with the UK Autodrive project starting city trials on the streets of central Coventry.

Toyota to recall C-HR 1.2s and older Prius PHEVs

17 November 2017

Toyota GB will recall about 4,200 Turkish-built CH-R crossovers with the 1.2-litre petrol engine to reflash software that controls the electronic park brake. The move is part of a global recall that will also see about 1,400 Prius previous generation plug-in hybrids recalled here in the UK to uprate a fuse.

VW says 'pact for the future' on track

17 November 2017

The Volkswagen brand said its 'pact for the future' had achieved EUR1.9bn of efficiency savings, or 96% of the target set for 2017.

Philippine vehicle sales rise 17% in October

17 November 2017

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by 17.3% to 36,511 units in October from 31,132 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

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