By: Ray Hutton
Experienced industry writer Ray Hutton looks behind company news to review market trends and company performances in the context of corporate strategies.
1 Mar 2017 | Ray Hutton
Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton.
1 Nov 2016 | Ray Hutton
Although it is a relatively small carmaker keen to retain its independence, Suzuki is not averse to cooperating with other automakers and has a long history of doing so. The company recently announced exploratory talks with Toyota over R&D collaboration. Ray Hutton considers Suzuki's strategy.
27 Sep 2016 | Ray Hutton
Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 ‘stinkers’ - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more firmly in his cheek than usual, he described the Seat Leon as ‘a nondescript waste of metal’ and the Skoda Superb as having ‘the same amount of soul as a fridge freezer’.
1 Aug 2016 | Ray Hutton
Separated at dual retailers, Jaguar and Land Rover both benefit from the manufacturer’s increasing autonomy – and the prospect of autonomous vehicles, says Ray Hutton.
31 May 2016 | Ray Hutton
Volkswagen Group pushed expected liabilities from the diesel scandal into the 2015 accounts, so that it can make a new start with a new boss and a new organisation, writes Ray Hutton. However, 2016 is shaping up to be a challenging year for the company.
17 Mar 2016 | Ray Hutton
Can the Mercedes-based Q30 finally establish the premium brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance?
9 Feb 2016 | Ray Hutton
The boss moves on as the supercar maker rides high, untouched by the troubles of its owner, writes Ray Hutton.
7 Jan 2016 | Ray Hutton
In 2009, as Chrysler was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Sergio Marchionne moved in to take control, no-one expected that, five years later, Jeep would become the star of the combined Fiat and Chrysler ranges.
21 Oct 2015 | Ray Hutton
The replacement for the Defender could be JLR’s greatest challenge, says Ray Hutton
30 Sep 2015 | Ray Hutton
PSA Peugeot Citroen chief executive has a considerable challenge on his hands to forge a successful place in the global market for the company and its three brands - Peugeot, Citroen and DS. He tells Ray Hutton how 'Back in the Race' is bringing results.
30 Jul 2015 | Ray Hutton
Now in its fifth year, McLaren's road car company is a success in its own right. Just as well, given the performance of the Formula 1 team...
30 Jun 2015 | Ray Hutton
The core brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - with a 116-year history of innovation and sales success - is reducing in importance as other parts of FCA go for global growth...
19 May 2015 | Ray Hutton
Can the XE finally establish Jaguar in the hottest sector of the premium car market? Ray Hutton considers the issues.
16 Apr 2015 | Ray Hutton
What's in a brand? The Chinese think that being British makes MG special. Here in Britain, the reality is that it must compete in the bargain basement.
24 Mar 2015 | Ray Hutton
Ray Hutton was at the annual Volkswagen media and investor conference in Berlin earlier this month. Attendees heard much on the subject of how the mighty VW Group marches onwards and upwards towards its 2018 target to be global number one. But who will be in charge by then?