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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...

INTERVIEW: Fiat brand head, Olivier Francois

Fiat's 500 family could be the template for future C or D segment models, Fiat global brand chief Olivier Francois has hinted in an intervie...


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.


INTERVIEW: Udo Schwerdel, Head of Turbocharger Line, Powertrain Division, Continental 8 Jan 2015

Ian Henry

Ian Henry spoke recently with Udo Schwerdel about Continental’s recent entrance into the turbocharger market.


INTERVIEW: BorgWarner's director of marketing Gunter Kraemer 8 Jan 2015

Ian Henry

We spoke to Gunter Kraemer about BorgWarner’s recent expansion in the rapidly growing turbocharger market.


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

Dave Leggett

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.


Q&A with Jonathan Lee Recruitment 10 Dec 2014

Matthew Beecham

As we recover from the recession, Mark Bignell, Automotive Managing Consultant, Jonathan Lee Recruitment explains to Matthew Beecham how a 'perfect storm' led to shortages of automotive engineering skills and what companies can do to improve their situation.


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