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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

A troubling and sudden fall from grace: Ghosn has been arrested and will be sacked from Nissan's board on ThursdayCarlos Ghosn arrested, to be fired from Nissan board

19 November 2018

The axe has fallen on Carlos Ghosn - the Nissan Motor chairman was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week, media reports from Japan said.

VW's revamped plant assignments reflect the emphasis on new EVs as Zwickau refocuses as an e-mobility centre and Emden and Hanover are converted to EV build. This is current e-Golf battery production in BrunswickSkoda to build Passat as VW Group reassigns plants

19 November 2018

Volkswagen Groups's supervisory board has approved new 'strategic' plant assignment plans which, it said, "reflects the challenges of the next five years and lays the necessary foundations".

New 300,000 unit JV plant will build Toyota's redesigned 2020 Corolla plus a yet to be confirmed Mazda crossoverMazda, Toyota, break ground for US JV assembly plant

19 November 2018

Mazda and Toyota have broken ground in Huntsville, Alabama, on their jointly owned and operated production plant that will have capacity for 300,000 vehicles a year from 2021.

VW Group plans EUR44bn e-mobility, digitalisation, spend

19 November 2018

Following a recent supervisory board meeting, the Volkswagen Group said it would spend almost EUR44bn (US$50bn) on e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalisation of its vehicles and plants by 2023.

The 30 millionth VW brand sale in China. Most vehicles are built locally  by the FAW and SAIC JVs and sold with unique local nameplates and specificationsVW delivers 30 millionth car in China

19 November 2018

The Volkswagen brand said it had set a record in China with its 30 millionth delivery this month – a Touareg.

At first glance the C5 Aircross looks like the C3 Aircross on steroidsCitroen 'Europeanises' the C5 Aircross with new rear seats

15 November 2018

When it reaches European showrooms early in 2019, Citroen's C5 Aircross C-SUV will be new to this market but not new to the world - as we note in our PLDB database, it's actually been in production in China since the second half of last year, having made its global debut at the Shanghai show in April 2017. In China, with 40,000 sales to date, it supplemented the C5 sedan, over here it replaces the C5 (sedan and estate car) completely, tipping the established nameplate out of the non-premium D-segment pack and into the competitive C-SUV segment into which tout le monde de l'automobile is piling. On first look, it's very competitive.

Car-Net now offers several shortcuts that can be added to Siri with a personalised phraseVW US adds Siri Shortcuts to mobile app

13 November 2018

Volkswagen of America has enhanced its VW Car-Net mobile app with two types of Apple Siri commands to help owners interact with their vehicles.

Current VW BEVs are variants of combustion engine models, not dedicated EVs on a dedicated platformVW prepares to sell 50m electric vehicles - reports

12 November 2018

Volkswagen's electric vehicle platform and battery purchasing plans are being readied to handle production of 50m vehicles, chief executive Herbert Diess reportedly told German auto trade weekly Automobilwoche.

Adient books fourth quarter loss after one-off charges

12 November 2018

Adient has reported a substantial fourth quarter 2018 net loss and suspended its quarterly cash dividend, citing one-off non cash charges.

JLR global sales dip in October despite strong UK and US

12 November 2018

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in October 2018 fell 4.6% year on year to 44,282 units despite, the company said, strong sales of newer models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and E-Pace SUVs and updated Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

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