We’ve published several ‘analysis’ articles this week that have attracted great reader interest so, just in case you missed ’em, let’s draw your attention over.

First up was a forecast from respected number crunchers JD Power that global light vehicle production should be up 13% led by emerging markets, and then we again eyed the cost-effectiveness of EV battery production.

Cue JDP again – we spoke to an analyst there who said that the European production rebound will fizzle out, good thing there are emerging markets, huh? Then we let Coolbear – aka Mark Bursa – loose on the Gug.., Guig.., er, ItalDesign sale to Volkswagen while Rob Golding sat down with Saab GB’s Jonathan Nash for a chat about the local unit’s future and disentanglement from GM here.

Matthew Beecham rounded up the latest in automated transmission technology and, this just in, Hugh Hunston also talked Saab with a Brit, the one with Bentley , Porsche and VW on his CV now in the top job in Sweden.

News-wise, Visteon was a little sniffy about Johnson Controls’ bid for some of its operations and then had its recovery plan bounced by bankruptcy court after shareholders said they had a better idea.

Here in the UK, long-standing grumbles about what is exempt from the London congestion charge finally have been addressed and the struggling Spanish auto industry got a boost from PSA which announced it’ll build a new model for emerging markets there.

This week also saw the annual SMMT Test Day, the product fest we look forward to every year. By the way, the just-auto blog has not disappeared in our recent redesign, it’s just a little harder to spot. The link is here and can be found under ‘Insights’ at the bottom of our home page.

Have a great (long in the UK and US), weekend.

Graeme Roberts
Deputy/News Editor