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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


Volvo's CMA electric platformLast night a PR saved Volvo's life

6 July 2017

Ever since Euro NCAP came into being, thus forcing all of its competitors to have five-star rated cars in an impact as a price of entry to the vehicle market, Volvo has been scratching around for a new USP.


Low-cost reduction in real world diesel NOx emissions a possibility with CPT’s 48V BISG technology

31 May 2017

The UK’s Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), working with Austria’s Technische Univeritat Wien (TU Wien), has demonstrated how its SpeedStart belt-integrated starter generator (BISG) 48V mild hybrid can help reduce NOx emissions and improve fuel economy in diesel engines using the latest emission test procedures.


Employees at Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant, UK, building the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engineFord's Bridgend engine plant – the anatomy of its decline

1 March 2017

A confluence of factors, many of them rooted in history, are behind the expected decline in output at Ford’s Bridgend plant which will lead to the loss of 1,100 jobs over the next five years.


The Opel GT concept shown in Geneva last year. Could Opel reposition its brand image for new sales in markets around the world?COMMENT - Europe’s race to the bottom and the squeezed middle

28 February 2017

There’s been a lot of talk recently about globalisation and the race to the bottom it engenders. Once costs have been ratcheted down so much through process improvement or a shift to the newest low-cost country, where do you go next? The whole globalisation rationale had been questioned recently, not least by the populist protectionism that helped get Donald Trump elected as US president.


Johannes Roters, CEO, Yanfeng Automotive InteriorsIndustry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng

11 January 2017

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.


General Motors has put considerable R&D resource into investigating HCCI technologyBriefing - HCCI engine technology

10 January 2017

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology back into focus. Courtesy of just-auto's research service, QUBE, we provide a summary of HCCI technology and look at associated OEM activity.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas BauernhanslIndustrie 4.0 and how it will transform the automotive industry

14 November 2016

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.


Audi's Q2 Audi's Q2 makes the case for petrol

7 November 2016

The new Audi Q2 begins deliveries to UK customers next weekend (12th November), but before then the UK motoring press were invited to a first drive in the Suffolk countryside in early November.


JLR invests in growing its own infotainment and mobility solutions

5 August 2016

JLR's Tech Incubator is expanding with a new technical centre and the recruitment of a further 30 engineers.


Gian Maria Olivetti, Federal Mogul Powertrain's CTOEngine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 




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