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.


COMMENT - VW CEO can't hold back desire for faster change

11 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

On the face of it, Volkswagen Group CEO and chairman Matthias Mueller ought to be in a strong position.


BMW and Daimler see common new mobility cause - COMMENT

4 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

We live in interesting times in the automotive business, for sure. Everyone is talking about driverless cars, connected cars, electric cars and the emergence of the 'sharing economy'. But we don't quite know how these things will actually play out, how much disruption is really ahead.


INTERVIEW - Sarah-Jayne Williams, Ford's Director, Smart Mobility (Europe)

15 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

In September of last year, Sarah-Jayne Williams joined Ford as its first director for 'Smart Mobility' in Europe. Her job is to focus on future mobility solutions for Europe and to define and implement Ford of Europe’s Smart Mobility strategy. Dave Leggett recently caught up with her in London, where a 'Chariot' shuttle service has just launched.


Investors beware, EVs are a slow train coming - COMMENT

19 Feb 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is a fascinating company to watch. It's a start-up (not exactly new though), is still losing money, but is making cars that serve a segment of the market set for major growth - battery electric vehicles. There is much to admire about Elon Musk's vision and execution, but let's not get too carried away.


US economic forecasts reinforce car market 'soft landing' - ANALYSIS

23 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Forecasts for economic growth in the US are being revised up following corporation tax cuts that are also boosting investment spending by US companies. The short-term boost to the domestic US economy will support car demand at a time when analysts say some cyclical downturn to vehicle sales in the US is to be expected.


SNAPSHOT - AGVs in manufacturing at SEAT's Martorell plant

11 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group brand SEAT has released details of its intelligent robots' operations at its Martorell, Spain, manufacturing plant.


Review of the automotive year, 2017 (part two)

22 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

Editor Dave Leggett offers a personal take and review of the year with a look at selected highlights. This instalment takes in the second half of 2017.


Review of the automotive year, 2017

18 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

Editor Dave Leggett offers a personal take and review of the year with a look at selected highlights. This instalment takes in the first half of 2017.


Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.


Uber and Volvo are a sign of the times - COMMENT

27 Nov 2017 | Dave Leggett

Uber loses money, lots of it. Although ride-hailing is seen as a sunrise industry, Uber has struggled with high costs even as it has grown revenues. Nevertheless, the privately held start-up has attracted investors who see a bright future in ride-hailing and are reassured by its dominant share (over 70%) of the US ride-hail market.


Tokyo, financial results and reshuffles - THE WEEK

27 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

It has been another a busy week in the auto biz.


Citroen shoots for 33% volume growth by 2020

20 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA's Citroen brand is aiming to boost its annual volume by a third by 2020, led by a product offensive in the B- and C-Segments and a focus on the European and Chinese markets.


COMMENT - Uncertain future ahead for Ellesmere Port

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

The news that the UK's Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant is dropping a shift, reducing output and its workforce, gives it a shot at improving its competitive position in the context of the Opel/Vauxhall European manufacturing footprint.


Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.


Could VW axe the up! in Europe?

14 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

Small cars can be a headache for vehicle manufacturers. The problem is that model offerings have proliferated at the low-margin small car end of volume carmaker portfolios and it's something that appears to be exercising managers at Volkswagen Group right now.



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