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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: VW admits that size isn’t quite everything

30 October 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW admits that size isn’t quite everything Dave Leggett Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by pro... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The premium electric SUV segment comes into view

21 August 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The premium electric SUV segment comes into view Dave Leggett Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jaguar Land Rover goes large

14 August 2015 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Jaguar Land Rover goes large Dave Leggett The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia . We knew that a pl... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toyota's fuel cell vehicle cometh

24 July 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toyota's fuel cell vehicle cometh Graeme Roberts Toyota's GB's 50th birthday announcement it would launch the Mirai this September attracted a lot of interest on just-auto this w... 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: 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: The year is flying by...

17 April 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The year is flying by... Graeme Roberts Dunno 'bout you but 2015 seems to be flying by waaaay too fast - where did yet another week go? Again it was a busy week. We all know how... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making PLC

2 April 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making PLC Graeme Roberts There was some good news for UK Auto Manufacturing Plc this week as Honda announced that its under-used European car plant in Swindo... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli

27 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli Graeme Roberts We started the week with a bit of a surprise - famous Italian supplier Pirelli was nabbed by a Chinese chemical company with big plans for i... read more


COMMENT: Toyota's Texan transition tense?

29 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Toyota's Texan transition tense? Graeme Roberts The atmosphere at Toyota's US headquarters in Torrance, the engineering and manufacturing centre in Erlanger and an east coast office is hardl... 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: From a Honda acorn, the US transplants grew

28 January 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: From a Honda acorn, the US transplants grew Graeme Roberts Interesting to see American Honda was a net US exporter of vehicles last year . I suspect a little PR smoke and mirrors is in p... read more


COMMENT: China's foreign JV partners need to prepare for next phase: consolidation

16 December 2013 | Dave Leggett

COMMENT: China's foreign JV partners need to prepare for next phase: consolidation Dave Leggett As we near the end of the year, still strong momentum in China catches the eye. China's vehicle market ... read more


COMMENT: Holden bows to the inevitable

11 December 2013 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Holden bows to the inevitable Graeme Roberts To this Antipodean - from the other side of the Tasman Sea - last night's announcement Holden is to end local manufacture in Australia in 2017 is... read more


FRANKFURT: Observations from the show floor

11 September 2013 | Glenn Brooks

FRANKFURT: Observations from the show floor Glenn Brooks If you had to sum up the mood at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA's first press day it would be entrenched optimism. Profits might remain elusive for so... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not part of the Toyota PR machine...

5 July 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not part of the Toyota PR machine... Graeme Roberts You could have been forgiven for thinking just-auto had become an extension of the Toyota PR machine this week, given the numb... read more


GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part One

7 March 2013 | Glenn Brooks

GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part One Glenn Brooks As our list of vehicle and concept world premieres attests, this year’s Geneva motor show media preview days saw a bumper crop of... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: High tech trickles down

22 February 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: High tech trickles down Graeme Roberts The steady migration downwards of driver assistance systems took a big leap this week with the announcement of Nissan's new Note for Europe w... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news, bad news

11 January 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news, bad news Graeme Roberts This time last week I contrasted the generally lousy car sales news coming out of Europe with the generally good news from elsewhere on this mor... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not all doom 'n' gloom out there

4 January 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not all doom 'n' gloom out there Graeme Roberts Happy New Year. And all that. Now, for those to whom it applies, the turkey and associated festivities are out of the way for anothe... 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


PRODUCT EYE: 2013MY Range Rover Sport

12 December 2012 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: 2013MY Range Rover Sport Glenn Brooks Glenn Brooks samples the latest, revised 2013 model year Range Rover Sport, reflecting upon what recent investments at the Solihull plant which bui... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out and about

12 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out and about Graeme Roberts We held our first seminar this week and, if you missed the one at the motorcycle museum in Solihull, we'd love to see you at the second event planned ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Honda plays Jazz musical plants

5 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Honda plays Jazz musical plants Graeme Roberts It was intriguing to learn of Honda playing musical plants with the European market Jazz [Fit for some of you] yet again. We're ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Summer slowdown? Not...

10 August 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Summer slowdown? Not... Graeme Roberts Theoretically, this is the time of year when, because the European auto industry, especially the French, should all now be down south on the... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: More turmoil in Europe

13 July 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More turmoil in Europe Graeme Roberts The week was looking routine until Thursday. Then it all kicked off. The day started with the shock announcment PSA was killing off up to... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM Europe plants breathe a little easier

30 March 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM Europe plants breathe a little easier Graeme Roberts Another week has whizzed by - along with our summer, apparently - without the disastrous announcement from General Motors ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Mergers, acquisitions, alliances, apps...

24 February 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Mergers, acquisitions, alliances, apps... Graeme Roberts Another week has flashed by - almost the end of leap year February with Geneva about to pounce, it really is true time goes... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Snow and a mixed outlook

10 February 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Snow and a mixed outlook Graeme Roberts A snowy, freezing cold week at just-auto towers and surrounding towns, including mine, with a mixed forecast for next week that somewhat r... read more


COMMENT: Where does the Chinese car industry really stand?

2 February 2012 | Guest author

COMMENT: Where does the Chinese car industry really stand? Guest author Investment banker Meyrick Cox describes the development of the Chinese auto industry, its structure and offers a view on the c... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The stories that just won't go

25 November 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The stories that just won't go Graeme Roberts There are two long-running stories - or should that be sagas - on just-auto  currently that just won't go away, a bit like that ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Quake lessons still being learned?

28 October 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Quake lessons still being learned? Graeme Roberts "Lessons will be learned." That trite phrase is heard far too often here in Britain, usually being read from a statement, vetted ... read more


COMMENT: Another natural disaster the autobiz does not need

10 October 2011 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Another natural disaster the autobiz does not need Graeme Roberts Ironic innit? Barely do we learn that Toyota production is back to pre-tsunami levels than another natural disaster - floo... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Dutch automaker Fiat-Chrysler?

19 August 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Dutch automaker Fiat-Chrysler? Graeme Roberts Intriguing news today that Fiat-Chrysler could establish global HQ in the Netherlands . Well, Mitsubishi, once closely linked wit... read more


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