US: TRW stresses supplier global footprint support

TRW says it needs its own suppliers to support a global footprint as OEMs increasingly move to worldwide platform production.

US: Federal government wants to "supervise" nonbank auto lenders

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said it plans to oversee larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time at the federal level after claiming to have uncovered "auto-lending discrimination" at banks.

US: Downturn prompted improved supplier understanding with DC: OESA

American supplier association, OESA, says a positive spin-off to emerge from the catastrophic downturn of a few years ago, is a better understanding of the component industry by Washington.

US: And now (drum roll), the Nissan Leaf truck...

This is what happens when auto engineers at a technical centre need (a) a team building project and (b) a workshop hack truck.

PARIS DEBUTS: Peugeot Quartz concept

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile will be 2 & 3 October. The following list continues to be updated as manufacturers announce world premieres.

Latest Automotive Insights

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2014 Peugeot 2008 1.2 VTi 82

PSA built the 100,000th Peugeot 2008 after just nine months of production at the Mulhouse plant in France. Now, a night shift has just been...

ANALYSIS: ZF puts in place a growth strategy

After reaching agreement to purchase TRW, 2015 is shaping up to be the most momentous year in ZF's long history. Colin Whitbread considers t...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More musical chairs

After last week's news concerning top Nissan/Infiniti executive Andy Palmer's move to Aston Martin, came another shift - a BMW German region...

ANALYSIS: Mercedes-Benz future model plans

Today's media release from Daimler is official confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division will leverage multiple architectu...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Panamera 4S

The name is the same but Porsche's latest Panamera 4S loses its normally aspirated V8 and gains a biturbo V6 that's not only more powerful b...

COMMENT: Post Soviet unions no zest for strikes

One of the aspects that genuinely surprised me about the recent visit to Russia organised by Renault and AvtoVAZ was the almost complete abs...

Top Auto News

Lotus to restructure and up to 325 jobs could go

Dave Leggett | 18 Sep 14

Lotus has said that it wants to restructure and may shed as many as 325 jobs, over a quarter of the current workforce.


More NHTSA technology in-house: Potomac Alliance

Simon Warburton | 18 Sep 14

America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is increasingly bringing technical expertise in-house says a public policy expert advising TRW in Washington.


And now (drum roll), the Nissan Leaf truck...

Graeme Roberts | 18 Sep 14

This is what happens when auto engineers at a technical centre need (a) a team building project and (b) a workshop hack truck.

Recent News - (Updated: 11:19pm 18 Sep 2014)

PARIS DEBUTS: Kia Optima diesel hybrid concept

LA DEBUTS: Cadillac ATS-V

Honeywell triples China turbocharger capacity

Supplier role better understood by DC: OESA

Feds want to "supervise" nonbank auto lenders

TRW stresses supplier global footprint support

Apollo Tyres green lights Hungary factory

Volvo wants to consolidate Indian units

Latest Auto Interviews

INTERVIEW: Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO 18 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO, has given just-auto an upbeat assessment of conditions in the UK car market and growth prospects for the Kia brand.


Q&A with Mentor Graphics 18 Sep 14

Matthew Beecham

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.


Q&A with Evolution Time Critical 2 Sep 14

Matthew Beecham

The automotive industry is now using logistics in a more proactive way to provide the flexibility which is required due to diversifying model ranges. There is also the question of quality, of course. Components that have been acceptable in previous years are being failed by more stringent testing. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical.

Automotive Blog

TRW and ZF

Dave Leggett | 15 Sep 14

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.


On this day...

Dave Leggett | 11 Sep 14

Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.


The 'vette that snitches on the valet

Graeme Roberts | 9 Sep 14

In a pleasing variation of authority using cameras to spy on car drivers, General Motors has come up with a car camera that can be a nosey parker on the valet parker entrusted with the keys to your pride and joy.

Hot Automotive Issues

Paris show

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile on 2 & 3 October are not far away now. Time to gather up news of what we expect to see

Moscow show opens

One of the world’s biggest car shows, the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) opened to media - including just-auto - on 27 August in the city’s Crocus Expo exhibition centre. This year's show occupies over 120,000 sq m and over 50 automakers are attending. The show features a record number of new vehicles, including nine world premieres, nine European and 43 Russian premieres, and 16 concept cars.

Second quarter, half year, fiscal quarter results

We won't claim to have 'em all but we've got the ones that matter.

Africa, the 'final frontier' for automotive growth

Car sales in Africa are, relative to the continent's population size, very low. The focus on emerging markets has been elsewhere. However, there have been signs lately of more interest in prospects for the automotive sector in Africa, with Nigeria's emerging economy (now Africa's largest) attracting automotive OEMs. However, industrial relations strife in South Africa also illustrates the challenges that come with economic development.

Auto Market Research

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates (annual subscription)

LMC Automotive's service provides customers with the very latest monthly estimates of passenger car production across all of Europe. Updated monthly and provided model-by-model, and available only via just-auto, the service fills the gaps between the latest actual published data and the present. This annual subscription provides you with immediate access to the current edition, plus 11 further monthly updates... Read more

Published: September 2014 - ($900.00)


In-Car Entertainment in Hong Kong, China

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Analysis of over 140 Lithium-based Rechargeable Battery Manufacturers: Chemistry, Strategy, Success

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Global Automotive Upholstery Market 2014-2018

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Brazilian automobile industry - Right strategy for tough times

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