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.



Brexit update - Where are we now? 5 Jul 2016

Dave Leggett provides an assessment of the latest developments following the UK’s referendum result to leave the EU.


What does 'Brexit' mean for the auto sector? 24 Jun 2016

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?


OEM purchasing managers outline supplier requirements 16 Jun 2016

Vehicle manufacturer purchasing managers have described the challenges facing the UK supply chain and frustrations they face in dealing with suppliers.


Robust recovery continues in European car market 9 Jun 2016

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.


Why raising UK local content won't be easy – Analysis 9 Jun 2016

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.


Peugeot steps up a gear with new 3008 24 May 2016

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.


NA OEMs' progress on supplier relationships stalls – survey 17 May 2016

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.


Beijing backdrop – China challenges ahead 25 Apr 2016

Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week.


Delphi CTO targets user cockpit experience 12 Apr 2016

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.


COMMENT - The make or break road ahead for Tesla’s Model 3 5 Apr 2016

Tesla unveiled its Model 3 last week and it’s already clear that the model is going to be of great significance to both Tesla Motors and the future of the burgeoning electric vehicle segment.


COMMENT: Disruption ahead, but no big bang and it will take time   31 Mar 2016

If new car customers opt to rent cars on-demand rather than own them, the car industry potentially faces a major problem. Sharing the asset – the vehicle that sits around doing nothing most of the time - means that fewer vehicles are needed and the smaller vehicle parc translates to a smaller annual market.


Alcantara material on growth path in premium autos 24 Mar 2016

Upscale interior materials provider Alcantara is enjoying rapid growth of turnover as it reports higher demand for its artificially created ‘suede effect’ material from premium automakers.


GENEVA – Weak rouble makes Russia competitive for exports – Datsun 3 Mar 2016

Russia’s severe economic crisis may be bad news for car companies selling there, but Datsun – Nissan’s value brand for emerging markets – sees an export opportunity arising from the weak Russian currency.


GENEVA – Victor Muller and Spyker are back 2 Mar 2016

Victor Muller, the man behind ultra-premium sports car maker Spyker who later went on to attempt to unsuccessfully revive the Saab brand after it was sold off by GM, has been in Geneva at the Motor Show launching a new post-administration Spyker model. just-auto caught up with him just ahead of the unveil.


GENEVA - Electric drive is major part of DS future – CEO 2 Mar 2016

PSA premium brand DS is planning hybrid and electric performance models in the future, according to DS brand CEO Yves Bonnefont, speaking to just-auto at the Geneva Motor Show.


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