From the Editor

From the Editor

By: Dave Leggett

just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.



July 2014 management briefing: Global light vehicle market 23 Jul 2014

The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more tan compensated for those that have contracted. Dave Leggett eyes the latest data and the outlook.


ANALYSIS: Swallowing Fiat-Chrysler 'would be bad for Volkswagen' - analyst 18 Jul 2014

Equities analyst Sabine Blümel has told just-auto that Volkswagen may be interested in parts of Fiat-Chrysler, as rumoured, but would have to be careful to avoid potential problems with such an acquisition.


UK: We have to be a Samsung, not a Nokia - Ford 27 Jun 2014

Ford's global product planning and strategy director, John Stanger, has told a conference on future urban mobility that the company is looking to other industries to learn how fast technological change impacts companies and to ensure that Ford is well-positioned for potentially disruptive change in the automotive sector.


INTERVIEW: GM President Dan Ammann 27 Jun 2014

General Motors President Dan Ammann says that GM is performing to plan and that its European operations are on target to achieve profitability by "mid-decade".


UK: Car ownership has a future - ACEA 26 Jun 2014

The automotive industry needs to seize the opportunities ahead for new mobility solutions and car ownership is far from dead, according to Erik Jonnaert, ACEA's Secretary General.


Q&A with David Lindley Managing Director SAIC Motor Technical Centre UK (2) 19 Jun 2014

SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley (part two of two).


UK: Peugeot eyes further growth in China 19 Jun 2014

Peugeot brand CEO Maxime Picat has told just-auto that he sees no sign of slowdown in the Chinese car market and that he sees plenty of potential for further growth for Peugeot there.


UK: Global car sharing membership tops 3.5m - F&S 17 Jun 2014

Research firm Frost & Sullivan (F&S) estimates that the global membership of car sharing clubs now exceeds 3.5m with 70,000 vehicles in the global car sharing fleet.


Q&A with David Lindley, SAIC Motor Technical Centre, UK 16 Jun 2014

SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley.


BELGIUM: "We won't chase volume" - Toyota Europe chief 4 Jun 2014

Toyota in Europe has undergone fundamental changes that have changed the way it operates and focused the company on efficiency and meeting the needs of the consumer, according to Toyota Europe chief Didier Leroy.


COMMENT: Google's driverless car vision 2 Jun 2014

Here's something for all of us to think about. How will driverless vehicles emerge and what will it mean for car companies?


Management Briefing: Beyond the BRICs: Indonesia 30 May 2014

In this month's management briefing we take a look at selected emerging markets "beyond the BRICs". In this instalment, we take a look at Indonesia, south-east Asia's sleeping giant.


INTERVIEW: Ford CEO Alan Mulally 28 May 2014

Alan Mulally's tenure as Ford's CEO has seen the company evolve in line with his vision of 'One Ford'. He also successfully guided Ford through recession and has generally been lauded by investors. He passes the reins over to Mark Fields in July. Dave Leggett caught up with him on the London leg of his Ford circuit farewell tour of Europe.


ANALYSIS: Global light vehicle market growing but risks present 20 May 2014

Analysis from LMC Automotive shows that the global light vehicle market remained strong in April, although forecasts for further growth are tempered by some significant risks around the world.


COMMENT: Alan Mulally's Ford legacy 2 May 2014

When I met Alan Mulally on the top floor of Ford's World HQ building in Dearborn, it was like a whirlwind had entered the room. The man's energy was impressive.


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