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Plant axes, new diesel jobs, EVs debut - the week

22 November 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Plant axes, new diesel jobs, EVs debut - the week Graeme Roberts Plant closures are never good news but you wield the axe, we cover 'em. I always note the PR-department composed, company lawyer-... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news Graeme Roberts Two of the world's largest automakers - Volkswagen and General Motors - have been in the news again this week, neither for entirely good ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Geneva, mostly

4 March 2016 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Geneva, mostly Graeme Roberts A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market in 2012 .... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Frankfurt BMW presser to remember

18 September 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Frankfurt BMW presser to remember Graeme Roberts Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report ab... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Flint down but not out by any means

7 August 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Flint down but not out by any means Graeme Roberts Whenever I hear the word Flint I always think of a certain Michael Moore, native of that Michigan city, and his movie Roger &... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chop Alfa or Sergio?

19 June 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chop Alfa or Sergio? Graeme Roberts Time for Alfa or Sergio to go? That was the title of a Comment piece by our US sales analyst Bill Cawthon which attracted plenty of looks on ... read more


COMMENT: Hyundai Aslan bombs - what now for premium plans?

9 June 2015 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: Hyundai Aslan bombs - what now for premium plans? Glenn Brooks It was launched with great fanfare only last year but sales of the Aslan, Hyundai's import-fighter, continue to disappoint. T... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the international show circuit again?

29 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the international show circuit again? Graeme Roberts As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook pa... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Driving for fun...

22 May 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Driving for fun... Dave Leggett I was at the SMMT's annual test day yesterday. At this agreeable event, vehicle manufacturers make cars available for journalists to drive at a prov... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again...

15 May 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again... Dave Leggett We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future . Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever

8 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever Graeme Roberts A short week for us due to the first (of two) bank holidays has ended in a surprise majority win for the Conservatives overnight (alo... read more


COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

7 May 2015 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK Glenn Brooks Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls

1 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls Graeme Roberts The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin W... read more


COMMENT: Volkswagen's Ferdinand Piech got a lot right

27 April 2015 | Dave Leggett

COMMENT: Volkswagen's Ferdinand Piech got a lot right Dave Leggett Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet an... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Evoque under scrutiny and a Waku Waku tailgate

24 April 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Evoque under scrutiny and a Waku Waku tailgate Graeme Roberts We put Tata Motors' Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque under the microscope this past week, asking how long the model, ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with suppliers and Mazda

13 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with suppliers and Mazda Graeme Roberts Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week. Our in-house analysts were again hard at it as Ou... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Detroit and stuff

16 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Detroit and stuff Graeme Roberts The Detroit show - in balmy -17C temperatures, I hear - dominated proceedings this week with those that went describing it as the most optimistic i... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Tipping point avoided...

9 January 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Tipping point avoided... Dave Leggett One way or another, this first full working week after the festive break has been an impactful one. It wasn't all good. Shocking loss of life ... read more


SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best

10 November 2014 | Fernando Calmon

SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best Fernando Calmon Attracting over 750,000 visitors in 11 days, the São Paulo motor show saw several locally made and imported new model launches o... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house...

31 October 2014 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house... Dave Leggett Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the wee... 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: Paris, the US, Sweden...

17 October 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris, the US, Sweden... Graeme Roberts This week, we wrapped up our Paris show coverage with a comprehensive two-part management briefing which proved very popular - it's here a... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish swallowed by even bigger fish

19 September 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish swallowed by even bigger fish Graeme Roberts The big news this week was the long-expected announcement ZF would swallow TRW whole, re-establishing the respected chassis sy... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs

12 September 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs Graeme Roberts After last week's news concerning top Nissan/Infiniti executive Andy Palmer's move to Aston Martin, came another shift - a BMW German region he... read more


COMMENT: Foreign carmakers chose appeasement in China

27 August 2014 | Staff reporter

COMMENT: Foreign carmakers chose appeasement in China Staff reporter China's ongoing investigation into anti-competitive practices in the country's automotive industry has picked up momentum in recen... 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: More GM recalls

4 July 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More GM recalls Graeme Roberts General Motors started this week by continuing to honour CEO Mary Barra's oft-repeated promise - which is essentially to make good any car not good -... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Recall axe falls at GM

6 June 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Recall axe falls at GM Graeme Roberts There are 15 vacant desks at General Motors in the US today - the latest development in the debacle that saw a faulty ignition switch design... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: JCI's Chinese interiors joint venture

23 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: JCI's Chinese interiors joint venture Graeme Roberts Johnson Controls' announcement of a global joint venture with a Chinese interiors supplier attracted much interest from just... read more


COMMENT: Buoyant SMMT opens toy shop for a day

23 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Buoyant SMMT opens toy shop for a day Graeme Roberts An invitation to SMMT Test Day is keenly sought after by automotive journalists here in the UK. And little wonder. Where else does the... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW gets bigger

16 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW gets bigger Graeme Roberts 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... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The bubble car returns

11 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The bubble car returns Graeme Roberts There's a tale told that Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (the merged Austin and Morris post-war), eyed Isetta bubble cars and ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Assembly plant week?

28 March 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Assembly plant week? Graeme Roberts OK, OK, I admit it - just-auto.com this week is looking a bit like Assembly Plant News . com. Being the resident plant nut, and also auto... read more


COMMENT: PSA's industrial strategy augurs well for survival

17 March 2014 | Dave Leggett

COMMENT: PSA's industrial strategy augurs well for survival Dave Leggett There's a reminder in the news today of the importance of product in the automotive industry. Yes, market geography accounts f... read more


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