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Welcome back, dieselgate - the week

19 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Welcome back, dieselgate - the week Graeme Roberts Dieselgate has reared its ugly ahead again, this time in the UK, getting on for five years after Volkswagen admitted cheating on US emissions testin... read more


The virus gets worse - the week

20 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The virus gets worse - the week Graeme Roberts There was a glimmer of hope in all the bad news this week - Wuhan, aka Coronavirus Central (thanks a lot) on Thursday  reported no new cases , the ... read more


Coronavirus gets worse - the week

7 February 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Coronavirus gets worse - the week Graeme Roberts The coronavirus, for which we can apparently thank a 'live' food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, clearly was on your minds this week, unsurprisin... read more


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


Nervous European auto workers await fate - the week

3 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nervous European auto workers await fate - the week Graeme Roberts This was not a good week to be a worker in certain auto or engine making plants owned by GM, PSA or Ford in the UK and Spain. Especi... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Skoda's new press shop draws eyes

13 November 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Skoda's new press shop draws eyes Graeme Roberts News that Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav drew a l... 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: Confidence, demonstrated

4 September 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated Graeme Roberts Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by t... 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: The car he said he'd never do?

17 July 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The car he said he'd never do? Graeme Roberts Starter for 10 - what new car headed for launch at Frankfurt next September is a vehicle the chief designer swore he'd never do? Ge... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

3 July 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop Graeme Roberts This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a ... 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: 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


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


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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ship shape and not too bent fashion

30 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ship shape and not too bent fashion Graeme Roberts We must all be ghouls at heart - the most-read story on just-auto this week: what got bent on the Heogh Osaka , the ship that ... read more


COMMENT: Will countries pull up drawbridge as EC struggles?

8 December 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Will countries pull up drawbridge as EC struggles? Simon Warburton It's taking an achingly long time, but is the European Commission (EC) finally waking up to the idea not everybody is falli... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs at Ford

7 November 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs at Ford Graeme Roberts We've just this afternoon had official confirmation of what became this week's biggest news - as broken this morning by just-auto , top ... 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: Nissan's top Brit jumps ship

5 September 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Nissan's top Brit jumps ship Graeme Roberts I reckon this week's autobiz surprise out of left field was the almost simultaneous announcements that Nissan Motor chief planning off... 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


COMMENT: UK docklands spirit evokes back to the future

27 June 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: UK docklands spirit evokes back to the future Simon Warburton Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) Meet the Buyer event in London's rejuvenated docklands area this w... read more


COMMENT: Corporate turnaround and renewal from within

9 June 2014 | Dave Leggett

COMMENT: Corporate turnaround and renewal from within Dave Leggett I was in Brussels last week for the Automotive News Europe Congress . One strong theme that emerged was corporate turnaround and th... read more


COMMENT: Farewell Ambassador, long in the post

9 June 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Farewell Ambassador, long in the post Graeme Roberts It looks like the final Hundustan Ambassador - Amby to the locals - has rolled off the line in a plant that looks about as jurassic as t... read more


SPIEF 2014: Ear to the ground St Petersburg

30 May 2014 | Simon Warburton

SPIEF 2014: Ear to the ground St Petersburg Simon Warburton This year's St Petersburg International Economic Forum provided a boost for Russia's beleaguered image, but The Kremlin didn't have it all ... read more


COMMENT: SPIEF argues calm heads prevail against current crisis

28 May 2014 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: SPIEF argues calm heads prevail against current crisis Simon Warburton What to make of last week's St Petersburg International Economic Forum? (SPIEF). If a week's a long time in politics... 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: Carlos sharpens the pruning knife

17 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Carlos sharpens the pruning knife Graeme Roberts PSA's Carlos Tavares wasted little time getting his feet under the CEO's table before announcing he was getting the pruning knife o... 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: Ford plant for sale. Sold! To Mitsubishi

4 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ford plant for sale. Sold! To Mitsubishi Graeme Roberts It's not unusual for one automaker to buy a plant from another and Mitsubishi's purchase of a Philippines plant from Ford ... read more


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