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THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW gets bigger

By Graeme Roberts | 16 May 2014

Golf will be VWs first EV for the US

Golf will be VW's first EV for the US

News of VW's first EV for the US drew plenty of interest from just-auto readers this week. For good measure, the automaker also took full control of truckmaker Scania. Plus Japanese automakers enjoyed good ratings in a survey of OEMs' relationships with suppliers.

We've been out and about this week - I've been looking at what European crossover king, Nissan, did with the Rogue to sell it over here and how it freshened up the Juke to fend off the competition it sparked in the B segment, editor Dave Leggett has been at an LMC Automotive forecast seminar and look out soon for reports from Simon Warburton who has been talking to top people at Federal-Mogul.

We've also had news of a Tavares recruit from Renault to PSA marketing and a loud hooray for that from contributor Tony Lewis who knows the 'retiree' well.

With another 2.7m recalls announced in the US this week, GM said it would take a US$200m hit for the costs this quarter.

We also learned BMW plans to triple carbon fibre capacity in the US and that the Fit will take over from the Civic as Honda Brazil's key model.

Finally, let me point you at a weekend read, our May management briefing Beyond the BRICs

Have a good one.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, just-auto.com