just-auto authors and correspondents


Calum MacRae


Calum MacRaeBiography

Calum MacRae is QUBE's product manager, responsible for developing and managing the content of the platform. Calum is an automotive specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the area of automotive research and analysis.

Before joining Aroq, he worked for Jaguar Land Rover in the area of powertrain strategy where responsibilities included monitoring component and system commonality across the company's strategic platforms and competitor intelligence in powertrain technology and strategy. Prior to Jaguar Land Rover, he worked for PwC's Autofacts automotive research and analysis division and was latterly head of that practice. As well as leading Autofacts' global powertrain analysis and forecasts he also contributed a number of proprietary studies for major component suppliers and light vehicle manufacturers. These included: industry trend and driver analysis; competitor and/or partner assessment; market studies and technology projections, and business planning and risk analysis for buy- and sell-side engagements. In addition, he was lead author on PwC white papers covering climate change and the automotive industry.

Prior to joining PwC, he was a Market Research Analyst for a European market research and consultancy firm. His responsibilities included the researching and writing industry reports for a wide range of sectors and accompanying client service activities.

Calum has a degree in economics from Coventry University where he specialised in the Economics of the Motor Industry.  

Articles by Calum MacRae


Johannes Roters, CEO, Yanfeng Automotive InteriorsIndustry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng

11 January 2017

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (now Adient). just-auto's Calum MacRae was provided with an update to the company's strategy and progress at the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.


General Motors has put considerable R&D resource into investigating HCCI technologyBriefing - HCCI engine technology

10 January 2017

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology back into focus. Courtesy of just-auto's research service, QUBE, we provide a summary of HCCI technology and look at associated OEM activity.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas BauernhanslIndustrie 4.0 and how it will transform the automotive industry

14 November 2016

Industrie 4.0 is the trending "buzz terminology" in the manufacturing sector - with BMW and Daimler among many prominent proponents - and encompasses the digitalisation of industry value chains. just-auto’s Calum MacRae caught up with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl of the Fraunhofer IPA, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on Industrie 4.0, to find out what the implications are likely to be for the automotive sector.


Audi's Q2 Audi's Q2 makes the case for petrol

7 November 2016

The new Audi Q2 begins deliveries to UK customers next weekend (12th November), but before then the UK motoring press were invited to a first drive in the Suffolk countryside in early November.


JLR invests in growing its own infotainment and mobility solutions

5 August 2016

JLR's Tech Incubator is expanding with a new technical centre and the recruitment of a further 30 engineers.


Gian Maria Olivetti, Federal Mogul Powertrain's CTOEngine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 


Iran's sizeable auto market presents a growth opportunity Briefing: Iran's auto industry (2)

31 March 2016

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s current situation and identifies trends and opportunities in the sector that are now available. This is the second instalment, examining the outlook for natural gas vehicles in Iran, the strategies of Chinese OEMs in Iran and also market segmentation trends..


Iran's automotive market is set for growthWhat potential does Iran hold for the global automotive industry?

24 March 2016

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s current situation and identifies trends and opportunities in the sector that are now available. This is the first instalment in March's management briefing.


Phil Swash, GKN Driveline CEOGKN Driveline CEO on maintaining AWD leadership (part 2)

7 December 2015

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the second part of that interview.


Phil Swash, GKN Driveline CEOGKN Driveline CEO on maintaining AWD leadership (part 1)

30 November 2015

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the first part of that interview.




Forgot your password?