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Calum MacRae


Calum MacRaeBiography

Calum MacRae is QUBE's product manager, responsible for developing and managing the content of the platform. Calum is an automotive specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the area of automotive research and analysis.

Before joining Aroq, he worked for Jaguar Land Rover in the area of powertrain strategy where responsibilities included monitoring component and system commonality across the company's strategic platforms and competitor intelligence in powertrain technology and strategy. Prior to Jaguar Land Rover, he worked for PwC's Autofacts automotive research and analysis division and was latterly head of that practice. As well as leading Autofacts' global powertrain analysis and forecasts he also contributed a number of proprietary studies for major component suppliers and light vehicle manufacturers. These included: industry trend and driver analysis; competitor and/or partner assessment; market studies and technology projections, and business planning and risk analysis for buy- and sell-side engagements. In addition, he was lead author on PwC white papers covering climate change and the automotive industry.

Prior to joining PwC, he was a Market Research Analyst for a European market research and consultancy firm. His responsibilities included the researching and writing industry reports for a wide range of sectors and accompanying client service activities.

Calum has a degree in economics from Coventry University where he specialised in the Economics of the Motor Industry.  

Articles by Calum MacRae


The main question for Turkey's market as the year progresses is whether such a performance can be sustainedAll of Turkey’s Christmases come at once as sales continue to confound

5 August 2020

As anticipated, July was indeed a month to remember for the Turkish market with light vehicle sales surging by an astonishing 387% year on year to over 87,000 units.


In West Europe, sales for the month are estimated at 1.3m with the Big Five markets of Germany, UK, France, Spain and Italy all having reportedTriad vehicle markets post stronger than expected sales in July

5 August 2020

Provisional data compiled by GlobalData shows a much stronger demand picture for light vehicles in July than anticipated for the key Triad markets of North America, West Europe and Japan.


The changes will boost incentives for some income groups France reshapes automotive scrappage program

30 July 2020

Earlier this week, France's environment ministry announced subtle changes to scrappage program it implemented in June.


An improving demand trend has set in, but we're still way off pre-crisis normsGlobal light vehicle sales continue to improve

27 July 2020

Data compiled by GlobalData shows that light vehicle sales fell by 19.1% in June year-on-year to 6.2 million, for a SAAR of 73.1 million in the month.


The Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-Pace made the investment case for Jaguar's attack on BMW and Mercedes-Benz traditional heartland in the premium D- and E-segment.JLR - Too far, too soon? Is it all doom and gloom?

30 June 2020

Tata Motors is reportedly close to making a decision on the strategic direction of its British premium vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).


The public health crisis in the US threatens to derail the vehicle market recoveryCOVID-19 spike clouds US vehicle market outlook

29 June 2020

A week is a long time in this crisis. Just last week it was heartening to see that the analysts at JP Morgan had called the US market above 14 million for 2020 based on reports of strong showroom traffic in June. Above 14 million for the US market is the position that GlobalData has held for a long time.


How will Brussels merger concerns over LCVs be allayed?PSA-FCA’s proposed merger just got messy and there’s no clear pathway out

19 June 2020

On 17th June the European Commission (EC) announced it was opening an in-depth investigation into the proposed PSA-FCA merger due to concerns over the merged company’s dominant market share in light commercial vehicles (LCVs) under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW).


The global vehicle market is on a long climb to recovery - but at least it has startedMay’s global sales a hopeful signal that the market’s past the worst

18 June 2020

Data compiled by GlobalData shows that global light vehicle sales fell 33.8% in May to 4.9 million from 7.5 million a year ago. This is an improvement on April’s showing when sales fell 47.5% bringing a record low SAAR for the global market.


Turkey's supplier industry is low-cost and the country is already in a customs union with the EUTurkey waits in the wings if supply chains are remapped

16 June 2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been much discussion about how automotive supply chains will be remapped to reduce disruptions to supply. Such a remapping could see the chains shortened and a move away from lowest-cost to best-cost. Early on in the pandemic we saw how China’s shutdown impacted vehicle manufacture in Europe with the likes of FCA and Daimler halting production due to parts shortages.


May market numbers are bleak, but not as bleak as they might have beenCOMMENT - May market numbers exceed expectations

4 June 2020

Today, industry associations representing the vehicle markets of Germany, the UK and Russia all reported May light vehicle sales.




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