From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn.
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.
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.
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.
Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, has told just-auto that he believes Britain is better off inside a reformed European Union (EU).
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.
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.
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%.
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.
If you make executive or luxury cars, you're helped by theoretically naturally higher margins than brands in the volume segments can achieve.
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.
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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- Review of 2014 (1)
- ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 2
- ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1
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- Genk mayor organises "loudest shift" as Ford exits
- Bye, Chrysler, hello FCA US
- Punch Genk offer "missed opportunity": Mayor
- Volvo rethinks its way to market