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JLR and NA plant: it makes business sense 24 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

Making cars where you sell them makes sense on a number of grounds. It can be a way to save on shipping costs, exploit lower manufacturing costs, avoid import tariffs and reduce exchange rate risks.


just-auto on BBC 24 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

The Paris Show seems a long time ago now, but I have been sent a link to a BBC news item in which just-auto's editor makes a brief appearance.


Doughnut time 22 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Sometimes the answer to "Why?" can be answered "Just because..." As in this video made by Lexus Poland as part of its launch of the NX mid-size SUV line.


Cameron needs alliances in the EU 21 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

It was interesting to speak with UK prime minister David Cameron yesterday. I didn't have much time, so I went for the European question.


Delphi visit 14 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

I've been visiting powertrain people at Delphi today, hearing about some of the fascinating stuff going on there to yield engine efficiency savings.


250,000km off-road in a Benz G-Class 14 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

A German couple have just handed over Otto, their trusty 300 GD, to the Mercedes-Benz museum. What makes Otto so special? Read this and find out.


Henry Ford's house 13 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

A tour of Detroit at the weekend brought me to Henry Ford's house.


Ford Flex 11 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

I'm in Detroit at the moment - here to participate in a conference yesterday, followed by a round of company visits and interviews over the next week or so.


NEVS' reorganisation plan for Saab 7 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

There's all manner of interesting stuff in this document, which has surfaced on the web. Such as some supposed future models for the brand. And the possibility that Saab will become a contract assembler.


The just-auto Readership Survey 2014 7 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

We have just launched our first readership survey in two years.


Paris Show: I want that one 2 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

Busy day today in Paris. Interviews, people to see, cars to get a look at.


TRW and ZF 15 Sep 2014

Dave Leggett

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.


On this day... 11 Sep 2014

Dave Leggett

Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.


The 'vette that snitches on the valet 9 Sep 2014

Graeme Roberts

In a pleasing variation of authority using cameras to spy on car drivers, General Motors has come up with a car camera that can be a nosey parker on the valet parker entrusted with the keys to your pride and joy.


Post-merger shake-out 4 Sep 2014

Graeme Roberts

With the Fiat-Chrysler merger now appearing to be on the final straight, this Non Sequitur cartoon about post-merger scenarios gave me a coffee break giggle.


2015 Ford Mustang: 8m 'likes' on Facebook 29 Aug 2014

Dave Leggett

The original 1960s fastback Mustang is one of my all-time favourite car designs.


An old friend turns 40 28 Aug 2014

Graeme Roberts

A small but not insignificant milestone slipped by earlier this week, perhaps unnoticed by most industry watchers.


Rule Britannia 6 Aug 2014

Graeme Roberts

It really does get tiresome when some (deep breath, choose words carefully) 'uninformed' person tells me the UK doesn't have a car industry any more. We do, albeit mostly foreign owned.


Tesla Model S reliability 31 Jul 2014

Glenn Brooks

With RHD Tesla cars only going on sale in the UK in recent weeks, it's way too early to be talking about the ownership experience. But in the US, it's a different story.


Exploring the 'sweet spot' between motorcycle and conventional car 30 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

The product space just below the 'conventional car' is an intriguing one.


Badge snobbery in China 30 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

Ah, the old chestnut of the promise of the automotive brand, the core brand values and what the brand says about the driver.


Sir Nick Scheele's career highlight - in his own words 21 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

Tributes are flowing in for Nick Scheele who has passed away, aged 70.


Mercedes basks in German World Cup victory 16 Jul 2014

Simon Warburton

Mercedes-Benz has wasted no time in basking in Germany's reflected glory of winning the World Cup on Sunday night and becoming the first side since reunification to lift the golden trophy.


Hyundai's empty Genesis convoy 10 Jul 2014

Glenn Brooks

We can forget just how amazing some of the technology in the latest production cars is. This video from HMA is a terrific reminder.


Toyota i-Road leaning car - the video 30 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

TMC continues to promote Japan's Ha-Mo car sharing scheme via its own i-Road commuter model. The latest promotional video is worth a look.


'Last mile mobility' 20 Jun 2014

Dave Leggett

Thoughts are turning to future mobility today. There's an event on this subject in London next week that I will be attending on Wednesday.


Opel/Vauxhall Corsa pics hit the web 19 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

Opel and Vauxhall will issue images and details of the next Corsa to the media on 9 July. But as often happens, some papped shots have already appeared.


The 'Chinese Hummer' 13 Jun 2014

Graeme Roberts

You learn something new every day in this business.


Toyota working on hover cars 11 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

Speaking at a Bloomberg summit in San Francisco, a Toyota engineer has disclosed an advanced engineering project for cars which would hover just above roads.


DIY Caterham assembly 10 Jun 2014

Dave Leggett

It's around this time of the year that I get envy attacks when spotting Caterham drivers enjoying themselves in the open air.


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