From the Editor

From the Editor

By: Dave Leggett

just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.


OEMs look to blockchain solutions for compliance and parts performance

6 May 2021 | Dave Leggett

Working in a consortium Renault says it has developed a new blockchain solution for the European automotive industry to certify the compliance of vehicle's components from design to production. Supply chain visibility is an increasing issue for companies looking to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance.


Self-driving cars are still a long way off - COMMENT

28 Apr 2021 | Dave Leggett

The UK government is to allow vehicles equipped with a degree of automated operation on UK roads this year.


BMW, the UAE, aluminium and reducing CO2

11 Feb 2021 | Dave Leggett

In automotive manufacturing, raw materials and the supply chain are being increasingly scrutinised for lightweighting, better fuel economy and lower CO2 benefits. The use of relatively expensive aluminium is increasing for premium OEMs, but one drawback is that producing aluminium in its raw state (smelting) is highly energy intensive, a potential issue for CO2 calculations. BMW is turning to more solar generated energy from an aluminium supplier in the UAE to source its light metal Landshut foundry.


Beijing successfully steering China’s market recovery to EVs

20 Jan 2021 | Dave Leggett

Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) shows total vehicle sales in China last year declined by just 1.9% to 25.3 million units.


UK automotive faces challenges, but should not fear them

7 Jan 2021 | Dave Leggett

As much of the country heads into tighter Covid-induced population restrictions that could last for much of the first quarter, it's becoming clear that the UK's automotive sector is facing a challenging year - on both the demand- and supply-side.


Industry perspectives on 2020 - NIO

23 Dec 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we have reached out to parts of the global auto industry for perspectives on current challenges and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted to get a range of perspectives and viewpoints. In this latest in the series we are publishing this month, we hear from Hui Zhang, VP of NIO Europe.


Industry perspectives on 2020 - Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

22 Dec 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we have reached out to parts of the global auto industry for perspectives on current challenges and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted to get a range of perspectives and viewpoints. In this latest in the series we are publishing this month, we hear from Steve Meszaros, Chief Executive Officer at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.


Industry perspectives on 2020 - Faurecia

21 Dec 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we have reached out to parts of the global auto industry for perspectives on current challenges and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted to get a range of perspectives and viewpoints. In this third of a series we will publish this month, we hear from Yann Brillat-Savarin, Executive Vice-President, Faurecia Group Strategy.


Industry perspectives on 2020 - Valeo

16 Dec 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we have reached out to parts of the global auto industry for perspectives on current challenges and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted to get a range of perspectives and viewpoints. In this second of a series we will publish this month, we hear from Jacques Aschenbroich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Valeo.


Industry perspectives on 2020 - SABIC

15 Dec 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we sought snapshot perspectives from around the global auto industry on current macro developments and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted a diverse range of perspectives and viewpoints from people in the industry. In this first of a series we will publish this month, we hear from Amanda Roble, General Manager, SABIC’s automotive business.


Daimler eyes huge cost savings with Geely engines deal that is a sign of the times

25 Nov 2020 | Dave Leggett

A new joint venture between their parent companies will see Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Cars sharing hybrid powertrains. It is yet another strategic collaboration between global automotive players looking for cost savings in the face of ongoing industrial transformation, heavy investment demands and lost sales revenue caused by the Covid crisis.


As ride-hail prospects dim, autonomous drive specialists look to freight trucks

3 Nov 2020 | Dave Leggett

Google’s (Alphabet) subsidiary Waymo and Daimler are to work together to deploy autonomous drive technology on freight trucks.


Ford swings to quarterly profit, but there are big challenges ahead for the Blue Oval and Jim Farley

29 Oct 2020 | Dave Leggett

Ford has reported better than expected financial results for the third quarter on strong US demand for its trucks. The company posted net income of USD2.4bn and an adjusted EBIT of USD3.6bn (versus USD1.8bn Q3 2019),  and an adjusted EBIT margin of 9.7%, led by North America at 12.5%. Impressive stuff, but there is more hard work ahead.


Blockchain technology on the rise for supply chain transparency

7 Oct 2020 | Dave Leggett

In an industry characterised by elongated supply chains that stretch across the world, supply chain visibility is an increasing issue for companies looking to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance.   


COMMENT - UK-EU disharmony and worries for UK auto sector

30 Sep 2020 | Dave Leggett

Reports in the UK media say the EU has refused UK Government requests to treat imported automotive parts for UK new car manufacturing from Japan and Turkey as ‘British’ under a proposed new free trade deal. It sounds like an arcane piece of detail, but it is detail that could have serious implications and it's also the latest sign that UK-EU post-Brexit trade negotiations are proving stubbornly difficult, with the interests and health of the UK's auto industry - highly bound up with the EU's - at risk.



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