From the Editor
By: Dave Leggett
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
Ford has launched a revamped version of its Focus model in Geneva as part of a five-year product offensive promised under the 'Go Further' banner. Dave Leggett caught up with Ford of Europe's chief to hear more about the strategy to return the company's European operations to profitability by 2015.
Ford's UK fleet director Phil Hollins is responsible for UK market leader Ford's fleet sales. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him at a launch event for the new Transit Connect.
Dave Leggett considers some of the big strategic drivers for the global automotive industry. In particular, he believes that the the shift of global demand to emerging markets and the growth of "mega-platforms" will reinforce auto industry scale economies - favouring the bigger groups.
The latest data from ACEA shows that the EU's car market grew by 5.5% in January. Positive territory will be welcome across the region, but analysts note that the market remains far from 'fixed'.
The roadmap and timeline to the fully autonomous vehicle remains far from clear. Renault has, helpfully, provided a little clarity on its strategy to introduce vehicles with some autonomous control capability by 2020.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has undoubtedly been an automotive industry success story. In its fifteen years of existence, the alliance of the two has brought big benefits for both participants in terms of components procurement, scale economies and shared engineering costs.
Current emerging market jitters are a little bit reminiscent of the financial crisis and loss of confidence that hit Asia in the late 1990s.
For January's management briefing, we review developments and prospects for vehicle demand in the major regions of the world. Dave Leggett considers the state of the global economy and world vehicle market.
BMW-owned luxury car brand Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has revealed record sales results for 2013 and is adding jobs at its UK manufacturing site. Dave Leggett spoke with CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös about the brand's performance and prospects.
A dispute in France caught the eye last week. A couple of unfortunate Goodyear executives found themselves at the sharp end of an industrial relations dispute involving worker compensation for a planned plant closure.
The UK's car market does stand out in Europe as the only one of the big four national markets to see growth in 2013. So, what's been going on? Why has the UK apparently bucked the regional trend?
It has been another busy year for us on just-auto. We have covered the global automotive industry news, brought you interviews with key people, analysis and comment of what matters. Editor Dave Leggett reviews some of the main events, the highs and lows, the stand-outs and offers just a hint of what might be in store for 2014.
The European car market may be a challenging place and likely to remain so in 2014, but this week's digest of news in the auto biz shows no shortage of opportunities around the world.
Peugeot's new 308 is a key model for a company facing challenging times. Dave Leggett took it for a drive and heard from Peugeot about an industrial strategy that has involved major investment in new product.
The month of December is generally one of the quieter ones in the automotive news reporting calendar, but there was plenty going on last week to keep our minds off the festive season.
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