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.



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.


COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long? 14 Jan 2016

The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is that the US light vehicle market is running north of 17m units a year and forecast to grow a little further in 2016.


Detroit interview - Ford CEO Mark Fields 14 Jan 2016

Ford’s Fields tells just auto he wants to revolutionise the automotive customer experience.


Detroit – Rising costs driving ECU integration – Visteon 12 Jan 2016

Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande has told just-auto that product integration in electronic components is being driven by proliferating electronics applications in vehicles and associated rising costs.


Review of the automotive year, 2015 (Part 2) 23 Dec 2015

The year 2015 will probably go down in the annals of automotive industry history for Volkswagen’s jaw-dropping emissions cheating scandal. But plenty of other things happened over the course of the year. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett sifts through the just-auto archive month-by-month and offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. Part 2 takes in the second half.


Review of the automotive year, 2015 (Part 1) 21 Dec 2015

The year 2015 will probably go down in the annals of automotive industry history for Volkswagen’s jaw-dropping emissions cheating scandal. But plenty of other things happened over the course of the year. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett sifts through the just-auto archive month-by-month and offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. Part 1 takes in the first half.


Car firms that fail to embrace mobility challenges will lose out – Mascarenas 11 Nov 2015

Ford's former Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas has told just-auto that he believes the challenges faced by the auto industry currently put it at a pivotal stage and those firms who fail to embrace the emerging mega-trends will lose out.


ANALYSIS: What does TPP mean for autos? 5 Oct 2015

A trade deal involving the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific rim countries has been agreed. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reduce trade barriers between the nations involved and the agreement follows years of wrangling over arrangements for specific industrial sectors, such as automotive.


EXCLUSIVE: Vauxhall MD's sudden departure follows 'strategy conflict' with Opel 25 Sep 2015

The sudden departure this week of Vauxhall managing director Tim Tozer follows a disagreement within GM's European organisation on volume targets according to a Vauxhall retail network source speaking exclusively to just-auto.


INTERVIEW: Vauxhall's Tim Tozer hails new Astra and Ellesmere Port's resurgence 17 Sep 2015

General Motors' UK operations' chief is Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer. He tells just-auto about the brand's high hopes for the new Astra and the resurgence of the UK manufacturing plant that makes it (one of two in Europe).


COMMENT: China's economic turbulence worries auto industry 1 Sep 2015

China's economy is obviously causing concern right now. It has been such an engine of growth for the world economy that investors get spooked by signs that the slowdown is turning into a 'hard landing' or that Beijing is losing its (to be fair, considerably deft) touch with managing China's sprawling macroeconomy.


COMMENT: How far away is an 'Apple car'? 17 Aug 2015

Apple is a very, very powerful brand. It is also a very, very big publicly listed company with a market capitalisation approaching $700bn (the biggest valuation of any company in the world). What Apple has done with its exquisitely designed personal devices is amazing.


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