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INTERVIEW: Carl Bayliss, head of Infiniti UK

Carl Bayliss recently returned to his homeland after a decade in Hong Kong. He is the new country manager for Infiniti UK, responsible for a...

INTERVIEW: Paul Williams, CEO, SsangYong UK

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...

INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good...

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

China's astonishing growth rates of recent years is starting to ebb, but still represents a powerful performance that is the envy of most of...


Q&A with Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive 23 Feb 2015

Matthew Beecham

Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. Matthew Beecham spoke to Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive about structural foams and adhesives and the ways in which the supplier is helping OEMs make cars lighter.


Q&A with Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development, Harman 16 Feb 2015

Matthew Beecham

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Harman presented some updates to its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development to find out what it means for OEMs.


Autonomous driving: Q&A with Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro 10 Feb 2015

Matthew Beecham

We are continually told that driverless cars are tomorrow's world. Already the idea that they will feature at the 2020 Olympic Games is a given. In the meantime, an engineering team at rFpro have been looking at the ways in which to test these vehicles accurately in a safe, virtual environment using a simulator. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro.


Q&A with Kia Cammaerts, founder of Ansible Motion 5 Feb 2015

Matthew Beecham

Vehicle simulators have changed beyond recognition in the past few years. Developments in responsiveness, graphics, together with improvements in vehicle and road surface modelling fidelity mean that today's simulators offer the potential to do much more. The 'driver in the loop' sector has seen the most development with simulators now relevant for subjective and objective assessment of vehicle and component performance where a human driver is required, such as emergency situations or even the introduction of autonomous cars. Matthew Beecham spoke to Kia Cammaerts, founder of Ansible Motion, a designer and manufacturer of engineering-class driving simulators for ground vehicles.


Q&A with Mike Savage, Chief Engineer, Drive System Design 28 Jan 2015

Matthew Beecham

Business trends can change quickly in developing markets, such as India, reflecting the pace of change in society. Matthew Beecham spoke to Mike Savage, chief engineer at Drive System Design about how the transmissions market in India is undergoing a period of radical change.


Q&A with Peter Becker, Executive Managing Director of Kumho Tire - European Technical Centre 26 Jan 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global tyre manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Peter Becker, Executive Managing Director, Kumho Tire Co Inc about trends in tyre development, modelling, labelling and run-flats.


Q&A with Philip Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer for General Motors 19 Jan 2015

Cat Dow

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, just-auto's Cat Dow caught up with GM's Chief Infotainment Office Philip Abram to learn more about the OEM's plans for connected vehicles.


INTERVIEW: Nexteer Automotive president and COO Laurent Bresson 19 Jan 2015

Calum MacRae

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.


Q&A with Craig Diem, BWI Group, Director – Strategic Planning 13 Jan 2015

Matthew Beecham

BWI Group’s MagneRide suspension systems are being increasingly featured in top end cars. In the EU they work on high end integration of chassis components with advanced control and sensory systems to produce vehicles that take safety, ride dynamics and sophistication to a new level. Conversely, BWI also work within the advancing Chinese market that sits in a very different end of the spectrum, where basic safety and control devices like ABS and ESC are just starting to take hold, and where AEB and autonomous driving are concepts reserved for the very top layer of the social elite who can afford to import EU and NA models. Matthew Beecham spoke to Craig Diem, BWI Group, Director – Strategic Planning about how the Group deals with the different challenges that these markets bring.


Q&A with Swamy Kotagiri, executive vice president and CTO of Magna International 12 Jan 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global automotive component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Swamy Kotagiri, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Magna International about the company's capabilities, including seats, convertible roof design and the use of new processes and materials in vehicle manufacture.


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