From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
The UK car market continues to surprise and was up by 14.2% year-on-year in October. It looks good. There are a few things to note.
In the light of continued losses in Europe, Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich has updated just-auto on the company's assessment of the business environment and its strategy to get back to sustainable profitability.
Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, has told just-auto that he believes Britain is better off inside a reformed European Union (EU).
Fiat sales in the US will take a step up in 2015 with the introduction of the 500X compact crossover, according to the head of US sales at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) speaking exclusively to just-auto.
GM's North America President Mark Reuss has told just-auto that the Cadillac and Chevrolet brands are set for a raft of electrified products.
Delphi's chief engineer for engine management systems has told just-auto that that a new low-temperature combustion concept called Gasoline Direct Compression Ignition (GDCI) could eventually yield fuel economy savings of up to 35%.
The US light vehicle market is heading for around 17m units in 2015, Ford CEO Mark Fields told just-auto at the Paris Motor Show.
If you make executive or luxury cars, you're helped by theoretically naturally higher margins than brands in the volume segments can achieve.
The people of Scotland have had their say on independence and decided to stay in the UK. It was a close vote, but in the end the margin was perhaps bigger than some had expected. Irrespective of political leanings, many UK businesses, including those in the automotive sector, will be breathing a sigh of relief today.
Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO, has given just-auto an upbeat assessment of conditions in the UK car market and growth prospects for the Kia brand.
BMW board member Harald Krüger has told just-auto that Oxford will remain at the heart of MINI production plans in the future, but with the Dutch Nedcar plant at Born also an important addition for the long-term.
The site for Tesla's big battery factory has been announced.
There's something going on in China that could weaken the outlook for margins and profitability in what has been a major source of profitability for the automotive industry globally. It is something to keep an eye on.
The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives.
The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more than compensated for those that have contracted. Dave Leggett eyes the latest data and the outlook.
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