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.



THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again... 15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Europe targets small fleets with Vignale 14 May 2015

Ford says it is targeting small fleet buyers with its premium feel Vignale sub-brand for Europe which will debut with the Mondeo Vignale.


COMMENT: Volkswagen's Ferdinand Piech got a lot right 27 Apr 2015

Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bout of political infighting instigated by himself.


ANALYSIS: Toyota's plant and product engineering revamp 22 Apr 2015

Toyota has had its fair share of problems to contend with in recent years. However, there are now signs that the company is raising its global game to compete with rivals, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: UK automotive supplier industry perks up 19 Mar 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: Suzuki looks for brand resurgence with new Vitara 26 Feb 2015

As a car brand, Suzuki is not one of the big beasts of the auto industry. It's something of a niche player but is now planning to cement its position in key niches, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: Europe's fragile recovery continues 23 Feb 2015

Car sales in January were off to a good start and it was the seventeenth successive month of growth. It's good that the market is growing again, but risks to recovery remain and trading conditions will remain tough across the region, says Dave Leggett.


COMMENT: Apple weighs a BIG decision 16 Feb 2015

Apple is a very, very powerful brand. It is also a very, very big company with a market capitalisation of over $700bn ($740bn when I just checked - and that's the biggest valuation ever of any publicly listed company).


ANALYSIS: Global vehicle market in 2015 heading for growth 11 Feb 2015

According to LMC Automotive, the global light vehicle market ended 2014 on a high note with a best ever seasonally adjusted annualised rate of sales (SAAR) of 92m units a year posted in December as dealers and OEMs across the world aimed to hit their volume targets.


The 'drone taxi' and possible future Uber 'paradox' 9 Feb 2015

Does it make sense for Uber to be very interested in the business opportunity presented by taking the driver out of the cab?


COMMENT: Why is Tesla's share price falling? 15 Jan 2015

Why is Tesla's share price falling? It's a question that many are asking. Does the share price signal that Tesla is a busted flush? Far from it, says Dave Leggett.


GERMANY: Ford sees European market under last peak at end of decade 13 Jan 2015

Ford forecasts that 'modest' economic growth in Europe will leave the European light vehicle market still under its last peak (in 2007) at the end of the decade.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (3) 23 Dec 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. This instalment considers major car products covered on just-auto.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (2) 23 Dec 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. This instalment considers major markets, corporate developments and people.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) 23 Dec 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments, starting with a look at the overall picture.


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