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.



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.


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.


INTERVIEW – Opel chief Neumann sees strong start for breakeven year 2 Mar 2016

General Motors Europe boss has told just-auto that the company is off to a strong sales start as it looks to hit breakeven in 2016. In a wide-ranging interview in Geneva, he also said that Opel is looking to address its weakness in SUVs, is concerned about the UK’s currency movements and believes that Opel should focus on efficiency gains for combustion engines - rather than go for hybrids - in meeting tighter CO2 emission rules.


GENEVA – Opel plans to increase diesel mix in Europe 2 Mar 2016

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has told just-auto that the brands are planning to increase diesel mix in Europe, in spite of the uncertainties caused for diesel’s outlook due to the ramifications of VW’s so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal and its wider fallout.


Q&A – Delphi Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens 10 Feb 2016

As a leading global Tier 1 supplier, Delphi is looking for growth from a range of advanced technologies that will be fitted to cars in the future. Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens, is responsible for the company’s latest technological investments, concepts and innovations. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.


Q&A - Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande 1 Feb 2016

Visteon specialises in providing cockpit electronics to automotive manufacturers worldwide. CEO Sachin Lawande outlines the company’s strategic priorities as he sees them and offers views on the industry’s broader development. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.


Why PSA might be on to something with the DS brand 25 Jan 2016

I got to visit the Louvre museum in Paris last week with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It was a pretty lavish affair for a facelift to the DS 3 model, but the scale of the event and the lavishness points to how important the premium DS brand is to PSA.


PSA DS brand targets Iran opportunity 22 Jan 2016

PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s standalone premium brand, DS, is targeting sales in Iran and plans to open a store in Tehran "in the next few days", according to DS CEO Yves Bonnefont.


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