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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Another year races by

By Graeme Roberts | 19 December 2014

Another year almost gone and, by the look, 2015 will bring some major challenges to the auto business, not least currency-related

Another year almost gone and, by the look, 2015 will bring some major challenges to the auto business, not least currency-related

As someone said to me this week: "The older you get, the faster the years go by." He's not wrong. Where DID 2014 go? The year may be winding down to the Christmas break but things have still been busy in the autobiz.

The Takata airbag saga continues to rumble on and will do so for some time yet. We're doing our best to keep up as more and more 'precautionary' recalls are announced, Takata starts a PR offensive with an open letter in US and European newspapers and Japanese automakers consider whether some sort of maintenace/replacement programme for 'bag inflators might be worth considering. All our coverage is here.

Just as we were about to publish a look at the latest Hyundai Veloster, the UK importer decided to axe it. So Glen Brooks set out to discover why. He's also been busy sorting out what the Detroit Three's rivals have up their sleeves for the North American market in 2015.

Auto industry boffins appear to have had a busy 2014 - we learned this week how Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover plans to virtually eliminate A-, B- and C-pillar blind spots and Geely's Volvo Cars is working on cars 'talking' to cyclists and vice-versa. This will, of course, depend on said cyclists actually adopting the tech - I despair every winter at the number of unhelmeted, unilluminated, dark clothed cyclists I encounter weaving their way along in the British winter gloom.

This festive season won't be too festive in Genk, Belgium, as I noted last week, and we've had more news of the Ford plant's final days this week. Sadly, I think it's all over now.

This is the final TWTW of 2014 - just-auto will be closed 24 December to 1 January inclusive.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, just-auto.com