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.



December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) 15 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.


Q&A with Tim Tozer, Vauxhall chief 10 Dec 2014

Tim Tozer, Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall, has been in post since February and is on a mission to redefine GM's UK-only volume brand. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him.


ANALYSIS: Global light vehicle sales edging up, but concerns remain 3 Dec 2014

The latest data from LMC Automotive shows that the global light vehicle market, on a seasonally adjusted annualised basis, was running at over 88m units a year in October, a record level. The market is edging to new records, despite economic concerns globally.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTE 2 Dec 2014

When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn.


INTERVIEW: Paul Williams, CEO, SsangYong UK 28 Nov 2014

The head of the UK distribution arm of SsangYong tells Dave Leggett that he expects the Korean brand to double its UK sales in 2015, boosted by the impact of the upcoming small SUV, Tivoli.


COMMENT: UK car market set to plateau 6 Nov 2014

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.


INTERVIEW: Ford Europe COO Barb Samardzich 31 Oct 2014

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.


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.


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