From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
16 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk.
12 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
We live in an increasingly connected up society and the way things are going, we will not be escaping always-on personal connectivity when we get into our cars. We published a nice feature this week that considers some of the latest developments.
10 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
Honda Vehicle engineering leader Jason Bilotta talks about new technology applications and the design principles for the new Honda NSX
5 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
You will notice that there have been some changes to the look and feel of just-auto. We hope you like it. In an ever-changing world, it’s part of our ongoing mission to deliver the industry intelligence and essential news that you need, while improving our product and enhancing the experience for you, the reader.
3 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett
A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.
26 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett
A global survey of professionals across four industries – including automotive – shows that global auto industry confidence is holding up, despite some reduction in business optimism following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU last month (so-called ‘Brexit’).
5 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett
Dave Leggett provides an assessment of the latest developments following the UK’s referendum result to leave the EU.
24 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett
In the end it was a narrow result, but the UK’s voters have voted to leave the European Union. What are the implications for the automotive sector?
16 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett
Vehicle manufacturer purchasing managers have described the challenges facing the UK supply chain and frustrations they face in dealing with suppliers.
9 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett
Western Europe’s car market is continuing to recover, helped by a positive replacement cycle and returning consumer confidence built on an improving economy. While sales still remain below pre-recession levels they are heading rapidly in the right direction.
9 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett
Back in the 1980s when Nissan started to assemble the Bluebird (Ford Sierra fighter) model in the UK, there was much head scratching over the true status of the car.
24 May 2016 | Dave Leggett
PSA Groupe, as PSA Peugeot-Citroen now likes to be known, has turned itself around since the dark days of 2012 when it made an annual loss of EUR5bn. This, let us remind ourselves, was a volume player that was seen as spread thinly with sales across two poorly differentiated brands while also overly reliant on the depressed European car market where it also possessed excessive and costly manufacturing capacity.
17 May 2016 | Dave Leggett
Relations between vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers is a subject area that has always provoked debate. For all the talk of the benefits of collaborative activity, the need for investment in shared and emerging technologies, 'best cost' rather than lowest cost, one reality is that OEMs look for ‘productivity gains’ from their suppliers in the relentless quest for lower cost and better competitiveness. An annual survey of suppliers in North America charts the state of current relations, viewed from the supplier standpoint.
25 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett
Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week.
12 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett
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.