From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week.
Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens, has told just-auto that the automotive battle for the Millennials is being played out in the user experience in the car cockpit.
Tesla unveiled its Model 3 last week and it’s already clear that the model is going to be of great significance to both Tesla Motors and the future of the burgeoning electric vehicle segment.
If new car customers opt to rent cars on-demand rather than own them, the car industry potentially faces a major problem. Sharing the asset – the vehicle that sits around doing nothing most of the time - means that fewer vehicles are needed and the smaller vehicle parc translates to a smaller annual market.
Upscale interior materials provider Alcantara is enjoying rapid growth of turnover as it reports higher demand for its artificially created ‘suede effect’ material from premium automakers.
Russia’s severe economic crisis may be bad news for car companies selling there, but Datsun – Nissan’s value brand for emerging markets – sees an export opportunity arising from the weak Russian currency.
Victor Muller, the man behind ultra-premium sports car maker Spyker who later went on to attempt to unsuccessfully revive the Saab brand after it was sold off by GM, has been in Geneva at the Motor Show launching a new post-administration Spyker model. just-auto caught up with him just ahead of the unveil.
PSA premium brand DS is planning hybrid and electric performance models in the future, according to DS brand CEO Yves Bonnefont, speaking to just-auto at the Geneva Motor Show.
General Motors Europe boss has told just-auto that the company is off to a strong sales start as it looks to hit breakeven in 2016. In a wide-ranging interview in Geneva, he also said that Opel is looking to address its weakness in SUVs, is concerned about the UK’s currency movements and believes that Opel should focus on efficiency gains for combustion engines - rather than go for hybrids - in meeting tighter CO2 emission rules.
Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has told just-auto that the brands are planning to increase diesel mix in Europe, in spite of the uncertainties caused for diesel’s outlook due to the ramifications of VW’s so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal and its wider fallout.
As a leading global Tier 1 supplier, Delphi is looking for growth from a range of advanced technologies that will be fitted to cars in the future. Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens, is responsible for the company’s latest technological investments, concepts and innovations. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.
Visteon specialises in providing cockpit electronics to automotive manufacturers worldwide. CEO Sachin Lawande outlines the company’s strategic priorities as he sees them and offers views on the industry’s broader development. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.
I got to visit the Louvre museum in Paris last week with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It was a pretty lavish affair for a facelift to the DS 3 model, but the scale of the event and the lavishness points to how important the premium DS brand is to PSA.
PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s standalone premium brand, DS, is targeting sales in Iran and plans to open a store in Tehran "in the next few days", according to DS CEO Yves Bonnefont.
The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is that the US light vehicle market is running north of 17m units a year and forecast to grow a little further in 2016.
- THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments
- Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise
- ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF
- Federal-Mogul on trends in the plug market - Q&A
- THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW agrees a deal with the US
- JLR achieves aluminium recycling milestone
- Ford to idle top-selling truck's plant for a week
- Ford books record Q1 pre-tax profit
- Mitsubishi orders plunge in crisis
- BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV