From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
BMW board member Harald Krüger has told just-auto that Oxford will remain at the heart of MINI production plans in the future, but with the Dutch Nedcar plant at Born also an important addition for the long-term.
The site for Tesla's big battery factory has been announced.
There's something going on in China that could weaken the outlook for margins and profitability in what has been a major source of profitability for the automotive industry globally. It is something to keep an eye on.
The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives.
The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more than compensated for those that have contracted. Dave Leggett eyes the latest data and the outlook.
Equities analyst Sabine Blümel has told just-auto that Volkswagen may be interested in parts of Fiat-Chrysler, as rumoured, but would have to be careful to avoid potential problems with such an acquisition.
Ford's global product planning and strategy director, John Stanger, has told a conference on future urban mobility that the company is looking to other industries to learn how fast technological change impacts companies and to ensure that Ford is well-positioned for potentially disruptive change in the automotive sector.
General Motors President Dan Ammann says that GM is performing to plan and that its European operations are on target to achieve profitability by "mid-decade".
The automotive industry needs to seize the opportunities ahead for new mobility solutions and car ownership is far from dead, according to Erik Jonnaert, ACEA's Secretary General.
SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley (part two of two).
Peugeot brand CEO Maxime Picat has told just-auto that he sees no sign of slowdown in the Chinese car market and that he sees plenty of potential for further growth for Peugeot there.
Research firm Frost & Sullivan (F&S) estimates that the global membership of car sharing clubs now exceeds 3.5m with 70,000 vehicles in the global car sharing fleet.
SAIC Motor technical Centre UK SMTC UK works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG brand. Dave Leggett interviewed SMTC UK's managing director David Lindley.
Toyota in Europe has undergone fundamental changes that have changed the way it operates and focused the company on efficiency and meeting the needs of the consumer, according to Toyota Europe chief Didier Leroy.
Here's something for all of us to think about. How will driverless vehicles emerge and what will it mean for car companies?
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