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Matthew Beecham

Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

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Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen TiguanVolkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace, autonomous cars and individualisation

19 April 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.

Although the spring weather didn’t allow us to fully test it, the V60 comes with an optional Winter Pack that included a heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on chilly mornings.Interior design and technology - Volvo V60

13 April 2017

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats make this a comfortable place to drive from A to B.

Christopher P. ThomasBorgWarner CTO on torque vectoring, engine rightsizing and tomorrow’s turbochargers

13 April 2017

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Christopher P. Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner Inc.

Ben PatelTenneco VP on emissions control technology trends

10 April 2017

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Ben Patel, VP of Global Research and Development Clean Air, Tenneco.

At CES 2017, Delphi debuted its scalable infotainment Integrated Cockpit Controller (ICC) family that spans the entry to high vehicle segments. Delphi on tomorrow’s infotainment and driver interface technologies

6 April 2017

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Martin Bornemann, Director Product Line and Business Development, Infotainment & Driver Interface, Delphi.

Delphi's 3D ClusterDelphi on how cars are becoming 'smart mobility devices'

4 April 2017

With automated driving and mobility on demand likely to be one of the fastest developing trends ever seen in the automotive industry, QUBE/just-auto spoke to Delphi’s technical director automated driving, Serge Lambermont. As well as leading a team at the forefront of this new technology, Serge is closely involved in the Mobility on Demand project underway in Singapore.

Gregory GuillaumeChief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima Sportswagon interior

3 April 2017

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.

Stefan BuriRinspeed’s Oasis concept car interior – Q&A with Stahl

29 March 2017

Chemical company Stahl created the funky living room or ‘third living space of the future’ for the Rinspeed Oasis self-driving concept car, showcased earlier this month in Geneva. The Oasis is an evolution of the Swiss firm's Stos shown earlier last year. To learn more about the futuristic two-seater interior, we spoke to Stefan Buri, Global Director Marketing Automotive, Stahl.

Günther ApfalterMagna Steyr President on a Fuel-Cell Range-Extended Electric Vehicle and investment plans in Slovenia

26 March 2017

Magna Steyr is a global, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, offering solutions for a range of services with development and assembly strategies. The company used the Geneva show earlier this month to exhibit a self-charging electric fuel cell vehicle and, more recently, is reported to have submitted a plan to build a new car plant in Slovenia capable of building up to 200,000 cars a year. To learn more about these developments and its acquisition of Telemotive, we spoke to Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Steyr.

SAIC General Motors’ (SGM) new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir luxury multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) feature the world’s largest rear quarter window, which measures 1200mm by 450mm. This polycarbonate glazing part is 40 percent (3kg) lighter than a comparable glass window and also has design elements that cannot be achieved with glass.RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Review of automotive glazing trends

23 March 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.

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