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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: 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: 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: 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: And what a week...

1 September 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: And what a week... Graeme Roberts I submit, yeronner, brain fade, the leap straight from summer holiday to Swedish presser and an exceptionally busy week for the delay in this colu... read more


COMMENT: The CES is becoming an automotive 'must see' show

13 January 2014 | Guest author

COMMENT: The CES is becoming an automotive 'must see' show Guest author There's an annual event which does not appear on any auto show calendar, yet which for large sections of the motor industry is ... 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: It's (mostly) good news week...

25 October 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: It's (mostly) good news week... Graeme Roberts On the whole, I think I'll bill the seven days just passed (TGIF) as largely good news week. Ford - profits up, forecast for whol... 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


PRODUCT EYE: Mazda 6 'Skyactiv' diesel

16 August 2013 | Graeme Roberts

PRODUCT EYE: Mazda 6 'Skyactiv' diesel Graeme Roberts Mazda's 'Skyactiv' steamroller media campaign of the last few years largely left just-auto unscathed bar an ongoing onslaught of emailed press ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Industrial relations

16 August 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Industrial relations Graeme Roberts After being entertained for the last couple of weeks by Germany v France over Mercedes' choice of air conditioner refrigerant (colleague Simon W... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Pain and gain

24 May 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Pain and gain Graeme Roberts More read-it-and-weep news for struggling European rivals from Volkswagen group this week as it chalked up another little milestone - selling over 3m ... 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: 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


December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 1)

19 December 2012 | Dave Leggett

December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 1) 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Kia, new era Ford factory

14 September 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Kia, new era Ford factory Graeme Roberts Highlight of my week was a visit to the Kia cee'd's native Slovakia - the car, not the company - to try the new Zilina-built wagon var... read more


MOSCOW REFLECTIVE: A show heading for global status

13 September 2012 | Guest author

MOSCOW REFLECTIVE: A show heading for global status Guest author The Moscow Motor Show seemed to command more media and industry attention this year than in past years. Maybe that's not too surpris... read more


COMMENT: Industry naming style pro_cee'ds towards MINI fudge-up!

10 September 2012 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Industry naming style pro_cee'ds towards MINI fudge-up! Graeme Roberts A small but perfectly formed email debate has been going on between various just-auto staff writers and freelancers t... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Lots of new Fords, and other stuff

7 September 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Lots of new Fords, and other stuff Graeme Roberts The obvious highlight of a very busy first-week-back-from-summer-hols was Ford's new product extravaganza in Amsterdam on Thursday... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: New model time

17 August 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: New model time Graeme Roberts A few new models of global interest surfaced this week, starting with the Ford EcoSport small SUV - Brazilian-designed (reportedly with help from Fo... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Management reshuffles

8 June 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Management reshuffles Graeme Roberts The week began in fine form with news of a shake-up of the management ranks at Volkswagen Group, to included a new head of Audi America as th... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toy shop, Bochum and Saab

25 May 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Toy shop, Bochum and Saab Graeme Roberts Two highlights for the j-a crew this week; days of sunny hot weather after the coldest and wettest spring anyone can remember and the annua... read more


Better luck with Japan this time round, Alfa

23 May 2012 | Graeme Roberts

Better luck with Japan this time round, Alfa Graeme Roberts Let's hope the cooperation between Fiat's Alfa Romeo and a Japanese automaker - Mazda now - is a bit more successful than last time with Ni... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Quarterly results season

27 April 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Quarterly results season Graeme Roberts Results season. Department of utter quarterly joy. But important as you can roll out all the attractive new models you like but not for long... 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


GOLDING’S TAKE: VW in overdrive on quest for world domination

28 April 2011 | Rob Golding

GOLDING’S TAKE: VW in overdrive on quest for world domination Rob Golding VW Group is still talking the talk of the playground bully. When the top brass came on the conference call (27 April) to disc... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Still no answer to The Saab Question

28 April 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Still no answer to The Saab Question Graeme Roberts Another week has slipped by with still no resolution of The Saab Question. And so our dossier continues to grow . Q1 and fis... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Ford's Focus on technology

29 March 2011 | Graeme Roberts

PRODUCT EYE: Ford's Focus on technology Graeme Roberts It's notable that two recent product launches hosted by Ford CEO Alan Mulally have been at consumer electronics shows – one in Las Vegas a... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The 'teaser' model launch trend

15 October 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The 'teaser' model launch trend Graeme Roberts I never thought, after getting on for 30 years covering the autobiz, I'd see a 'teaser' PR campaign for a new line of one-tonne picku... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris shows automakers not beaten down

1 October 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Paris shows automakers not beaten down Graeme Roberts Let's see now, anything interesting happen in the last week? Hmmm.. Oh, yes, Paris. What a show! Sales in some markets may sti... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Will Qi Chen lead to ka-ching in China?

10 September 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Will Qi Chen lead to ka-ching in China? Graeme Roberts Interesting news this week that Nissan's local partner in China is developing a new range of cars under a unique local new ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Green trains take the lead

27 August 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Green trains take the lead Graeme Roberts [Deep sigh]. Here we are, slaving away to keep track of all things automotive worldwide, and what did you lot read about the most in the l... read more


COMMENT: Big sedans for big markets

16 June 2010 | just-auto.com editorial team

COMMENT: Big sedans for big markets just-auto.com editorial team It's official - just in case you were wondering (we were), the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta rolled out in style in the Big Apple this week is... read more


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