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December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1)

23 December 2014 | Dave Leggett

December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) Dave Leggett It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Legge... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting...

24 October 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting... Graeme Roberts If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week's autobiz news, 'interesting' is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that.... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant'

15 August 2014 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant' Dave Leggett The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives, nothing major breaking (well, it is August)... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Europe, slowly, on the up?

1 August 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Europe, slowly, on the up? Graeme Roberts While the Next Problem seems to be South America, judging by the number of times it's mentioned in the results statements for the last qua... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Focus on financials

24 January 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Focus on financials Graeme Roberts After the Detroit product fest of last week , it was time to start thinking of financial results and other things fiscal. PSA Peugeot Citroen... read more


December 2013 management briefing: review of 2013

23 December 2013 | Dave Leggett

December 2013 management briefing: review of 2013 Dave Leggett It has been another busy year for us on just-auto. We have covered the global automotive industry news, brought you interviews with ke... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM gets serious in Europe, Ford throws in a 'Stang

6 December 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM gets serious in Europe, Ford throws in a 'Stang Dave Leggett The month of December is generally one of the quieter ones in the automotive news reporting calendar, but there was ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: End in sight to economic gloom?

27 September 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: End in sight to economic gloom? Graeme Roberts When you have the governor of the Bank of England quoted as saying " the recovery has strengthened and broadened" , it's a positive... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Once more to Munchen...

22 March 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Once more to Munchen... Graeme Roberts Groundhog Day. Once more to Munchen, same day, same flight, same seat even; different venues and host. This time, it was BMW's annual account... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Strong results and a new Leaf

1 March 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Strong results and a new Leaf Graeme Roberts Full year 2012 results continued rolling in this week with another set of read-em-and-weep figures (if you're at, say Ford of Europe,... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Financial results: the good, the bad and the ugly

15 February 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Financial results: the good, the bad and the ugly Dave Leggett There were more financial results out this week and it was another mixed bag. General Motors' latest black ink was,... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Cold winds blowing for some

8 February 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Cold winds blowing for some Dave Leggett There have been some cold winds blowing this week, literally and metaphorically. The metaphorical blasts are all too familiar and can be su... read more


December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 2)

21 December 2012 | Dave Leggett

December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 2) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2012 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fa... read more


November 2012 management briefing: world markets review (China)

14 November 2012 | Dave Leggett

November 2012 management briefing: world markets review (China) Dave Leggett In this month's management briefing we take a look at the latest developments in major vehicle markets around the world. ... read more


COMMENT: Is PSA doomed?

26 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Is PSA doomed? Graeme Roberts “There is a chance, that Peugeot may not exist any more in the future, if no solution is found.” Those were the stark words of Frost & Sull... read more


GOLDING’S TAKE: GM profits start to recover… but not for long

3 August 2012 | Rob Golding

GOLDING’S TAKE: GM profits start to recover… but not for long Rob Golding General Motors executives must wonder whether they will ever be able to wear anything other than the hair shirt. Bankruptc... read more


April 2012 management briefing: OEM financial summaries (Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler)

27 April 2012 | Rob Golding

April 2012 management briefing: OEM financial summaries (Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler) Rob Golding In this month's management briefing, Rob Golding runs his financial rule over the financial position... read more


April 2012 management briefing: OEM financial summaries (VW, BMW, Daimler)

17 April 2012 | Rob Golding

April 2012 management briefing: OEM financial summaries (VW, BMW, Daimler) Rob Golding In this month's management briefing, Rob Golding runs his financial rule over the financial position of the au... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Profit', 'Opel', 'India', 'diesel'....

16 March 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Profit', 'Opel', 'India', 'diesel'.... Graeme Roberts The words 'profit' and 'Opel' featured in the news this week. After BMW last week turned in the sort of record numbers t... read more


COMMENT: GM stirs up hornets nest with PSA alliance

2 March 2012 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: GM stirs up hornets nest with PSA alliance Simon Warburton General Motors has well and truly thrown the cat among the pigeons this week with its bombshell revelation it will pursue an allian... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: All eyes on GM

17 February 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: All eyes on GM Graeme Roberts All eyes this side of the Atlantic were on GM this week as it announced its 2011 results, looking to see if the prediction of a US$1bn loss in Europe... read more


GOLDING’S TAKE: Peugeot has a cunning plan, GM battles on with Opel

17 February 2012 | Rob Golding

GOLDING’S TAKE: Peugeot has a cunning plan, GM battles on with Opel Rob Golding Poor PSA reported horrid 2010 financial results this week . And the trends are poor. Chairman Philippe Varin had to fi... read more


December 2011 management briefing: Review of 2011 (part 2)

23 December 2011 | Dave Leggett

December 2011 management briefing: Review of 2011 (part 2) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2011 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fa... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: End of the line for Saab?

24 June 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: End of the line for Saab? Graeme Roberts After two weeks off on 'staycation', I returned, refreshed, on Monday to see what had happened during an absence in which news had not been... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Another Chinese lifeline thrown to Saab

20 May 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Another Chinese lifeline thrown to Saab Graeme Roberts A week, they say, is a long time in politics. That also applies when you are talking about Saab. Barely was the ink dry, so t... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Saab, again and again and...

13 May 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Saab, again and again and... Graeme Roberts What will we write about when Saab finally (a) gets its essential working capital boost from some deep pocket, long-term-view investor... read more


ANALYSIS: Mulally's NPD the toast of Ford's full year success

28 January 2011 | Graeme Roberts

ANALYSIS: Mulally's NPD the toast of Ford's full year success Graeme Roberts Ford booked 2010 pretax operating profit of $US8.3bn, up exactly that amount year on year, on revenue up $17bn to $120.9bn... read more


BRIEFING: Review of 2010 (second half)

23 December 2010 | Dave Leggett

BRIEFING: Review of 2010 (second half) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2010 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fair old sprinkling of... read more


BRIEFING: Review of 2010 (first half)

20 December 2010 | Dave Leggett

BRIEFING: Review of 2010 (first half) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2010 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fair old sprinkling of ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Internal combustion fights back

3 December 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Internal combustion fights back Graeme Roberts News out of Japan this week suggested that some automakers were planning to fight back against the hybrid with a slew of new, uber ef... read more


BRIEFING FEATURE: Brazil

20 October 2010 | Dave Leggett

BRIEFING FEATURE: Brazil Dave Leggett Brazil is riding the crest of a wave. The impact of the international recession of last year on Brazil was muted by an effective fiscal stimulus package which b... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The portents are not good for Luton

17 September 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The portents are not good for Luton Graeme Roberts A combination of my bad knee playing up, inspection of the tea leaves left in the newsdesk cup and one of those-omits-more-than-i... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Austerity bites

2 July 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Austerity bites Graeme Roberts Britain's post election austerity budget may soon bite on the car industry as the minister in charge of such things indicated direct support may be ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Independence, loans and taxes

25 June 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Independence, loans and taxes Graeme Roberts BMW's independent streak, Opel's loan bid and extra shifts plus the effects of a certain chancellor's 'Austerity Budget' on the UK auto... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: An uptick in partsville

7 May 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: An uptick in partsville Graeme Roberts Back from two weeks' 'holiday at home' (not entirely my first choice; do not mention the words 'Iceland' or 'volcano') to a mixed week for th... read more


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