Latest automotive comment
The best views and opinions in automotive industry publishing, all in one place, from automotive's monthly columnists and in-house experts.
The focus in Beijing's auto show this year is firmly on green technologies. That's perhaps not too surprising when you bear in mind the prob...
PSA's Carlos Tavares wasted little time getting his feet under the CEO's table before announcing he was getting the pruning knife out to hac...
New product is a big driver of performance in the automotive business, as we are all very well aware....
There's a tale told that Leonard Lord, head of British Motor Corporation (the merged Austin and Morris post-war), eyed Isetta bubble cars an...
It's not hard to see why Nissan was so keen to replace Ford as UEFA's automotive partner in its four-year Champions League sponsorship deal, despite what appear to be eye-wateringly expensive costs.
It's not unusual for one automaker to buy a plant from another and Mitsubishi's purchase of a Philippines plant from Ford makes perfect sense.
Imagine you're the new CEO of an automaker whose recently recalled millions of vehicles, some fitted with a potentially faulty ignition switch that inadvertently shuts off engines, stops power steering and disables airbags, have, by your count, killed 13, mostly young, people so far. A victims' lawyer, suing your company, publicly requests you meet some of them. Do you go?
BMW's biggest plant in the world is going to be the Spartanburg facility in the US. Production capacity there will be ramped up to 450,000 vehicles a year. It really is quite astonishing when you think about it: BMW's biggest manufacturing facility will be in the US and not in Germany.
OK, OK, I admit it - just-auto.com this week is looking a bit like Assembly Plant News.com
China's Shanghai GM Wuling, and BYD, have caused a surprise with world premieres at Algeria's national motor show. Renault and PSA should be taking note of a battle to come for control of this strategic regional market.
Not for the first time, Honda Motor Europe's Swindon plant west of London is soon to suffer a production cut. The reason is not, as the company maintains, slow overall economic expansion across European markets, but something else.
If there was only one word being shouted from the rooftops in Moscow last week at the Russian Automotive Forum (RAF), it was simply, localisation.
Drip, drip, drip. Daily, media report by media report, the news surrounding the ignition switch recall gets worse for General Motors.
A busy week for the just-auto.com team this week as we fanned out across Europe - and beyond - to cover a series of interesting industry events.
Temporary - hopefully - tensions aside - Russia still has enormous potential to grow and almost double its current predicted volume of between 2.3m and 2.4m units this year according to some estimates.
There was a certain frisson to this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow for the most obvious of reasons.
There's a reminder in the news today of the importance of product in the automotive industry. Yes, market geography accounts for a lot in this business. Being present in markets that are booming is vital, but just being present is not enough on its own.
Due probably to the fact, the odd Opel GT roadster excepted, most of the 1.6m affected cars were sold in North America, General Motors' 'ignition switch recall' has attracted little attention here in Olde Englande. But, across the other side of the Atlantic, storm clouds are building.
New MINI Hatch reaction has been very favourable so far.
It's easy enough to understand a note of triumph creeping into Honeywell's "final word" reaction this week to the news of Brussels' scientific boffins backing the r1234yf refrigerant.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given our target audience, the most-read news item on just-auto this week was about a Geneva new product roll-out, but it wasn't a new car.
No sooner did the final bars of the score to this year's triumphant Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi fade into memory - accompanied by a tear-shedding bear reminiscent of the Moscow Olympics in 1980 - than all that goodwill seems to have evaporated in a puff of smoke.
The sun shone eventually on the automotive industry at this week's Geneva show but there are still a lot of dark clouds hanging over Europe.
Been an interesting week for auto industry executive musical chairs.
- PRODUCT EYE: Porsche 911 Turbo
- ANALYSIS: The models to be axed by PSA's Tavares
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Carlos sharpens the knife
- Management briefing: UK engine manufacturing (1)
- COMMENT: Beijing wants a greener auto sector
- Golf off Ford CEO Mulally's next-move list
- 2014 BEIJING SHOW: Global debuts list
- Ford Mulally successor announcement expected
- BEIJING: First four-cylinder Porsche since 1995
- GM restructures global engineering