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.

What will a Tesla electric truck look like?

16 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk. 

THE WEEK – Connected and secure…

12 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

We live in an increasingly connected up society and the way things are going, we will not be escaping always-on personal connectivity when we get into our cars. We published a nice feature this week that considers some of the latest developments.

Design and engineering drivers for Honda’s new NSX

10 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Honda Vehicle engineering leader Jason Bilotta talks about new technology applications and the design principles for the new Honda NSX

Welcome to the new just-auto

5 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

You will notice that there have been some changes to the look and feel of just-auto. We hope you like it. In an ever-changing world, it’s part of our ongoing mission to deliver the industry intelligence and essential news that you need, while improving our product and enhancing the experience for you, the reader.

Huge opportunities ahead in autos – study

3 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.

Auto business confidence hit but holding up, despite Brexit

26 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett

A global survey of professionals across four industries – including automotive – shows that global auto industry confidence is holding up, despite some reduction in business optimism following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU last month (so-called ‘Brexit’).

Brexit update - Where are we now?

5 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

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 | Dave Leggett

Automotive eyes turn to the Beijing Auto Show this week.

Delphi CTO targets user cockpit experience

12 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

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.

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