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.

SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 Oct 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.

Volkswagen Group reiterates reinvention strategy for automobile future

6 Oct 2016 | Dave Leggett

As it reels under the pressures that have followed ‘dieselgate’, Volkswagen is laying out a new strategy to meet the mobility and technology challenges ahead. There were more insights into its latest thinking on strategic implementation from its executives in Paris.

Ford charts path for long-term growth - Analysis

21 Sep 2016 | Dave Leggett

At its recent ‘Investor Day’, Ford’s senior management set out its strategic priorities. The plan is to build on core strengths and grow in emerging opportunities. Dave Leggett describes some highlights and offers an assessment.

Ford’s Investor Day – preview

14 Sep 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford is hosting will host an ‘Investor Day’ conference – an annual event - for representatives of the investment community in Dearborn today (Wednesday, September 14). The conference is from 10am to 2pm EDT, including a question and answer session. We look ahead to it.

COMMENT – Some short-term relief, but Brexit concerns remain

5 Sep 2016 | Dave Leggett

The subject of Brexit – the UK’s decision to leave the EU, following a referendum - is already proving somewhat tortuous for the UK government.

COMMENT - Opportunity ahead in autonomous, shared cars

31 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Do you recall the vision of the future that was presented in the movie ‘Total Recall’?

Diesel share of European car market falling

30 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Data released by LMC Automotive shows that the diesel share of the West European car market is continuing to decline this year.

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?

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