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.



ANALYSIS: UK automotive supplier industry perks up 19 Mar 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: Suzuki looks for brand resurgence with new Vitara 26 Feb 2015

As a car brand, Suzuki is not one of the big beasts of the auto industry. It's something of a niche player but is now planning to cement its position in key niches, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: Europe's fragile recovery continues 23 Feb 2015

Car sales in January were off to a good start and it was the seventeenth successive month of growth. It's good that the market is growing again, but risks to recovery remain and trading conditions will remain tough across the region, says Dave Leggett.


COMMENT: Apple weighs a BIG decision 16 Feb 2015

Apple is a very, very powerful brand. It is also a very, very big company with a market capitalisation of over $700bn ($740bn when I just checked - and that's the biggest valuation ever of any publicly listed company).


ANALYSIS: Global vehicle market in 2015 heading for growth 11 Feb 2015

According to LMC Automotive, the global light vehicle market ended 2014 on a high note with a best ever seasonally adjusted annualised rate of sales (SAAR) of 92m units a year posted in December as dealers and OEMs across the world aimed to hit their volume targets.


The 'drone taxi' and possible future Uber 'paradox' 9 Feb 2015

Does it make sense for Uber to be very interested in the business opportunity presented by taking the driver out of the cab?


COMMENT: Why is Tesla's share price falling? 15 Jan 2015

Why is Tesla's share price falling? It's a question that many are asking. Does the share price signal that Tesla is a busted flush? Far from it, says Dave Leggett.


GERMANY: Ford sees European market under last peak at end of decade 13 Jan 2015

Ford forecasts that 'modest' economic growth in Europe will leave the European light vehicle market still under its last peak (in 2007) at the end of the decade.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (3) 23 Dec 2014

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. This instalment considers major car products covered on just-auto.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (2) 23 Dec 2014

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. This instalment considers major markets, corporate developments and people.


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) 23 Dec 2014

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.


Q&A with Tim Tozer, Vauxhall chief 10 Dec 2014

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.


ANALYSIS: Global light vehicle sales edging up, but concerns remain 3 Dec 2014

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.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTE 2 Dec 2014

When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn.


INTERVIEW: Paul Williams, CEO, SsangYong UK 28 Nov 2014

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.


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