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Matthew Beecham

Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

Columns by Matthew Beecham


Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham

Simon PooleHow drivers with engineering expertise create a better user experience

15 November 2018

As vehicle quality and reliability has improved, OEMs are increasingly aware of the role user experience can play in the customer decision-making process. That user experience could be planned in during the vehicle development, demonstrated at the dealer or during the test drive. Providing drivers with engineering-led expertise for such scenarios is offered by UK firm ProTwo. We spoke to its founder Simon Poole about why OEMs, Tier ones and dealers are using its services to deal with changing consumer expectations.

An optional second 12.3-inch display creates a widescreen effect inside the Mercedes-Benz E Class.Interior design and technology – Mercedes-Benz E-Class

24 October 2018

Launched in 2016, the fifth generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class takes design cues from the larger S-Class and smaller C-Class. It also comes bristling with semi-autonomous driving technology. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside an E-Class estate to take a closer look.

Lynda EnnisAutomotive industry slow to embrace D&I-related changes – report

17 October 2018

A recently published report* sets out a fresh view of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in the automotive industry. To learn more, we spoke to Lynda Ennis, founder of specialist automotive search firm, Ennis & Co and co-author the report. Here, she explains the importance of this initiative and why starting a new conversation about D&I is long overdue.

Ford Mustang: The fit and finish of the plush leather interior with retro cues make it a pleasure to drive.  Interior design and technology – Ford Mustang

15 October 2018

It is America’s best-selling sports car of the last five decades and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. Ford launched its facelifted Mustang earlier this year, introducing some styling tweaks, safety upgrades and other technology enhancements. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside to see what makes it such a popular choice.

Sandip RanjhanHarman, JD Power to reveal consumer habits in the connected car

1 October 2018

Today’s vehicles offer a myriad of features and services but understanding how and if these are being used by consumers isn’t often truly understood by OEMs. With ever-increasing connectivity, it is now possible to acquire data about the vehicle’s performance and how it is being used, but how to access this information and its relevance is in the early stages. A new project between Harman and J.D. Power claims it can change this and provide OEMs and Tier Ones with an insight that could make cars safer, more relevant or offer a better user experience. We spoke to Sandip Ranjhan, Senior Vice President, Harman Connected Services about the alliance and its expectations for the project.

Mark Gostick‘Digital camshaft’ gives engines an efficiency boost

26 September 2018

A British company has developed a digital valvetrain drive system that, it claims, can give petrol engines a diesel-level of efficiency and fuel economy with much lower NOx emissions. The inventors believe that it is as big a leap forward as the introduction of electronically-controlled ignition and the change from carburettors to fuel injection. To learn more about this engine valve technology, we caught up with Mark Gostick, Chief Operating Officer of Camcon Automotive.

The Kia Sorento interior is spacious and well thought through with plenty of luxuries to justify the price.Interior design and technology – Kia Sorento

24 September 2018

When Kia launched its third-generation seven-seater Sorento in 2015, it coincided with the second phase of the carmaker’s coming of age; shifting it from a purely value-driven company into a world-class manufacturer of premium-quality cars. A recent face-lift saw new instrumentation, active safety features and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sounds good but does it really put Kia on a par with Audi? Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a look inside the latest incarnation to see how it has transformed the brand.

Information at your fingertips in the Ford S-MaxInterior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 September 2018

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

More screens, fewer buttons: A closer look inside the Range Rover Velar.Interior design and technology – Range Rover Velar

29 August 2018

Designed and engineered at JLR’s development centres in the UK, the Range Rover Velar plugs a gap between the Evoque and Sport. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this mid-size SUV to see what differentiates it from its siblings.

The 10 key features and performance criteria of an Automated Vehicle (Thatcham Research)Autonomous vehicles, series 3, episode 6 – Around the corner or still on the horizon?

17 August 2018

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are rarely out of the media spotlight. The Next Big Thing, we often hear, will open up ‘endless possibilities’ as we travel from A to B. Yet with so much drama (and hype) around the vision of self-driving cars, it’s sometimes difficult to separate fantasy from reality or even gain a real sense how soon we could share one. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one covers recent auto industry activity in the AV arena, specifically supplier innovations, partnerships and acquisitions.

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