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.



UK: Britain better off inside a reformed EU - PM 21 Oct 2014

Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, has told just-auto that he believes Britain is better off inside a reformed European Union (EU).


US: FCA eyes Fiat 500X boost in US 16 Oct 2014

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.


US: Cadillac and Chevrolet set for electrification push 15 Oct 2014

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.


US: Delphi looks to GDCI for large fuel economy gains 14 Oct 2014

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%.


PARIS SHOW: US light vehicle market heading for 17m in 2015 - Ford's Fields 6 Oct 2014

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.


ANALYSIS: Jaguar's XE spearheads new industrial strategy 23 Sep 2014

If you make executive or luxury cars, you're helped by theoretically naturally higher margins than brands in the volume segments can achieve.


COMMENT: Scottish independence referendum brings relief and more questions 19 Sep 2014

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.


INTERVIEW: Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO 18 Sep 2014

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.


UK: BMW's MINI to stick to 2-plant assembly set-up 10 Sep 2014

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.


COMMENT: Tesla talks a good game, but the major delivery is ahead 8 Sep 2014

The site for Tesla's big battery factory has been announced.


COMMENT: Regulatory concerns grow in China 19 Aug 2014

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 WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant' 15 Aug 2014

The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives.


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 than 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.


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