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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


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: New Hondas and the ship's upright again

23 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Hondas and the ship's upright again Graeme Roberts Just back from what was my first ever Honda launch event to bring you news of the 2015 CR-V update for Europe , majoring, of... 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


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: Ingenuity rewarded

7 February 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ingenuity rewarded Graeme Roberts No matter who makes what using what, there's always a boffin or two in a lab somewhere figuring out a new way of doing it. That was my thought on ... read more


DETROIT SHOW: An air of optimism tempered with reality

14 January 2014 | Simon Warburton

DETROIT SHOW: An air of optimism tempered with reality Simon Warburton This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit kicked off yesterday (13 January) against a blizzard of op... 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: Russian musical chairs

18 October 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Russian musical chairs Graeme Roberts Over the last couple of days, we've been tracking an interesting tale about GAZ CEO Bo Andersson, reportedly about to jump ship to another to... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: PHEV, new tech, interviews, Brazil...

11 October 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: PHEV, new tech, interviews, Brazil... Graeme Roberts I was intrigued to see Toyota's US unit cut the price of its two-version Prius Plug-In model line this week by between b... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: UK still on the up as Europe stagnates

20 September 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: UK still on the up as Europe stagnates Graeme Roberts This week is probably best described as a mixed bag, full of interesting, mostly positive and wide-ranging news. Resident p... 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


COMMENT: Hyundai looking for love

14 June 2013 | Tony Lewis

COMMENT: Hyundai looking for love Tony Lewis The old adage ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ attributed to Ford’s return to racing in the US in the early 1950s* has been given a new t... read more


US: New York show round-up

3 April 2013 | headlineauto

US: New York show round-up headlineauto So, what are we to make of the New York show? Is it a purely parochial affair, staged to provide a fillip to the Greater New York dealers who organise it, or a... 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: 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


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: Maruti restarts, show updates, Japan H2 slowdown

24 August 2012 | Simon Warburton

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Maruti restarts, show updates, Japan H2 slowdown Simon Warburton If any evidence were needed that 'summer's lease hath all too short a date,' the rash of motor show previews in tan... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Two-tier Hyundai Brazil

27 July 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Two-tier Hyundai Brazil Graeme Roberts Intriguing news about Hyundai from Our Man in Brazil this week. Group CAOA, which assembles the Tucson and, soon, the ix35 SUVs, together ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: RX-8 bows out, Toyota adds UK reality dose

29 June 2012 | Simon Warburton

THE WEEK THAT WAS: RX-8 bows out, Toyota adds UK reality dose Simon Warburton It's been a busy week as usual with a whole raft of announcements jostling for position, but one of the most eye-catching... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Saab sorted?

15 June 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Saab sorted? Graeme Roberts Resolutions - of a sort - were on the news agenda this week in respect of Bochum, GM's planned but unconfirmed closing of, and Saab, under new ownership... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Geneva for mere mortals

9 March 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Geneva for mere mortals Graeme Roberts Interesting comment tweeted by a UK car magazine editor from Geneva this week: the year of cars mere mortals can buy. And it was quite a new ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Dustbin' on the way back?

2 March 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Dustbin' on the way back? Graeme Roberts Antipodeans have a habit of changing names to something more colloquial or shortening to suit. In Australia, your mate Peter Bond becomes ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Detroit, sunny Detroit

13 January 2012 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Detroit, sunny Detroit Graeme Roberts Triple-D week for me, this, first time in Detroit, first time at the Detroit show, first time on Delta. Despite the dire predictions of certai... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The same but different

7 October 2011 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The same but different Graeme Roberts I've always been intrigued about how a product that acquires a bit of a shonky reputation can be rebranded or repositioned and make something ... read more


FRANKFURT SHOW: Too big for our boots?

14 September 2011 | headlineauto

FRANKFURT SHOW: Too big for our boots? headlineauto Has the Frankfurt show become too big for the boots of the people who attend it? Most of the footsore hacks who spent two days trudging between ... read more


COMMENT: Pang what?

16 May 2011 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Pang what? Graeme Roberts Google. "Pang Da" [enter]. "BOAT STERCULIA SEEDS - Pang Da Hai, Quantity: 50g, GBP1.25 (zero-rated). A seed to help moisten the lung and to clea... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Snow joke

23 December 2010 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Snow joke Graeme Roberts The attention of most of the UK was this week focused out the window - will it snow/has it snowed/how deep? And, of course, large areas, including the coun... 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: 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


COMMENT: The stakes are high with Alfa Romeo

31 August 2010 | Dave Leggett

COMMENT: The stakes are high with Alfa Romeo Dave Leggett The key to really making money in the car business is to have a brand premium. Of course, you need to get the basic commercial economics of c... read more


COMMENT: BRAZIL: Chinese automakers have a long way to go

17 June 2010 | Fernando Calmon

COMMENT: BRAZIL: Chinese automakers have a long way to go Fernando Calmon The arrival of Chinese brands in Brazil has been rather slow, although watched with interest due to the size and industrial s... read more


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