Latest automotive interviews


just-auto uses its unrivalled access to the top industry executives to bring you interviews with the personalities shaping the news all year round.


Eden Games gears up for mobile devices

16 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues and exposure. In this interview, David Nadal, CEO and founder of Eden Games explains why these are exciting times for games developers playing in the automotive industry.


Industry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng

11 Jan 2017 | Calum MacRae

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (now Adient). just-auto's Calum MacRae was provided with an update to the company's strategy and progress at the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.


Falken swoops on the European OE tyre market

11 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest in a series of manufacturer relationships. To find out more and how the OE side of its business is shaping up, we spoke to the tyre maker’s European head of marketing, Stephan Cimbal.


Visteon on transforming the car cockpit experience

9 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s interviews with Visteon, we spoke to the vehicle cockpit electronics supplier's chief marketing officer, Tim Yerdon. In explaining how the car’s cockpit is expanding from being a physical space to an interface, he highlighted the trend for larger, curved displays, opportunities for augmented reality-HUDs and improving user experiences for automated driving and car sharing.  "There’s a lot of cool technology out there," says Yerdon, "but our job is to make it work and survive in the automotive environment."


NextEV US CEO on Car 3.0 and delivering a premium user experience

6 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a recruitment drive that has attracted top names from the automotive, technology and internet industries, NextEV is a name that has become increasingly familiar in the last two years. It is a global start-up, founded in China in 2014 with 12 offices and 2,000 employees worldwide. Last November, the company announced its user brand NIO and unveiled a 1,360ps supercar, the NIO EP9, in London. We spoke to US CEO, Padmasree Warrior to find out more.


CES 2017 - Visteon CTO on AI and a centralised, cyber secured ADAS solution

5 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive component suppliers, we caught up with Visteon’s chief technology officer, Markus Schupfner on the eve of the consumer electronics show (CES). He joined Visteon in April 2016 and is the executive tasked with executing the supplier’s technology roadmap – evolving ADAS platforms to autonomous driving.


CES 2017 - Visteon CEO on transforming the future of mobility

3 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive component suppliers, we caught up with Visteon’s president and CEO, Sachin Lawande on the eve of the consumer electronics show (CES). Here he explains the supplier’s next-generation Phoenix infotainment platform, augmented reality head-up display and business growth in Asia.


Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD, Citroën UK

19 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.


GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module - Interview

9 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.


Ericsson on the connected car's move to 5G

21 Nov 2016 | Cat Dow

TU-Automotive’s connected car conference brought together some major players and highlighted some key trends and concerns as car makers and suppliers battle with this whole new world. Ericsson’s Juergen Daunis, sales director of automotive, shone some light on future of networking. Here he talks to Cat Dow about the move to 5G and beyond.


Harman on dealing with cybersecurity

16 Nov 2016 | Cat Dow

While news broke this week that Samsung has acquired automotive technology group, Harman Inc. for US$8 billion, Harman itself had already began to establish itself as a force in the connected car technology sector. To strengthen its presence in January 2016, it acquired Towersec, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, to solidify its position as a Tier 1 supplier in the sector. just-auto's Cat Dow caught up with Dvir Reznik, Senior Marketing Manager of Harman Towersec at TU Automotive Munich 2016 to discuss the developments in cybersecurity and the importance of starting from scratch.


Industrie 4.0 and how it will transform the automotive industry

14 Nov 2016 | Calum MacRae

Industrie 4.0 is the trending "buzz terminology" in the manufacturing sector - with BMW and Daimler among many prominent proponents - and encompasses the digitalisation of industry value chains. just-auto’s Calum MacRae caught up with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl of the Fraunhofer IPA, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on Industrie 4.0, to find out what the implications are likely to be for the automotive sector.


How Harman is harmonising the millennial market – Q&A

21 Oct 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Forget 22-inch wheels, a recent study found that around one-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand in their next vehicle would have a significant impact on their purchase consideration. We caught up with Michael Mauser, EVP and president of Harman’s lifestyle audio division, to learn how the sound specialist developed an audio system for the new Toyota C-HR, why its audio solutions are increasingly found in small car platforms, and how Voyager Drive offers a high-end audio experience for millennials.


Hyundai-Kia design chief outlines car design philosophy - Interview

18 Oct 2016 | Roger Stansfield

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.


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.


FIEV outlines 14-strong wishlist to French Presidency hopefuls

6 Oct 2016 | Simon Warburton

French supplier association, FIEV says it has written to all candidates involved in the country's Presidential elections next year, urging a 14-point plant to rejuvenate domestic industrial policy.


Ghosn raises Nissan Qashqai question-mark for UK

3 Oct 2016 | Ray Hutton

The manufacturing location for the next generation Nissan Qashqai is an investment decision that will largely be determined by the shape of Brexit and the progress of UK-EU negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU that will start in 2017. In Paris last week, we heard Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn set out his latest thoughts on Brexit and other issues.


Lighter, more efficient transmissions – Q&A with Drive System Design

20 Sep 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Lightweight materials is a hot topic in automotive manufacture in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Now a technical partnership between engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) and international chemical and advanced materials company, Solvay SA, is exploring the potential for large-scale use of plastic composites in transmissions and drivelines. To find out more, we spoke to DSD’s president, North America, Shaun Mepham.


Blueprint Acoustics on next generation audio solutions

19 Sep 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While the automotive audio market is dominated by some well-known brands, smaller technology firms are attracting interest from OEMs. In this interview, Greg Turnidge, CEO of Blueprint Acoustics (Bluacs) explains how a niche Australian company is developing audio solutions for next generation vehicle platforms.


Car connectivity brings Big Data opportunities

16 Sep 2016 | Matthew Beecham

With more and more cars offering some form of connectivity, opportunities are emerging for the automotive industry.  In this interview, Nilesh Auti, who is vice president and head of Auto & Discrete Manufacturing Vertical at Tech Mahindra, explains how correlating data on cars, drivers and their environment results in Big Data, pointing the way to new possibilities for car manufacturers and dealers.



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