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.


Global automotive market report - Q1 2019

14 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018 at around 94m vehicles sold, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline in Q3. The global light vehicle market continues to face challenges in 2019 after that pronounced weakening in the second half of 2019.


Mercedes-Benz Cars outlines future procurement strategy

10 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz Cars says it is taking the next step in the implementation of the CASE strategy and is making its supplier network 'even more international'. It is also using Blockchain technology for greater supply chain transparency and to reinforce sustainability aims.


COMMENT - Daimler-Geely deal on Smart brand good for both

28 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Daimler has struck a deal with Geely for a 50:50 joint venture based in China to develop and operate the Smart brand globally as an all-electric carmaker.


COMMENT - Swindon closure underlines Honda's failure in Europe

19 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

There's plenty of commentary around on the decision by Honda to shut its UK manufacturing facilities at Swindon. Some say it's all about Brexit and the ongoing uncertainties that brings, while others claim Brexit has absolutely nothing to do with it. The reality is a little more complex.


INTERVIEW - PSA's Maxime Picat

8 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA reported a new record for sales in 2018 at 3.9m units with worldwide sales up 6.8%. In Europe, PSA said it was helped by a 'perfectly managed' new WLTP standard implementation phase. Dave Leggett caught up with Maxime Picat, Groupe PSA Executive Vice President, Operational Director Europe, to find out more.


Global automotive market report - Q4 2018

30 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline posted in Q3. Dave Leggett takes a look at the market numbers and considers the outlook for 2019.


COMMENT - It takes two to tango (and to disagree)

23 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Many in the automotive sector agree that collaborations among car companies are one way for them to shape up for the big challenges ahead and potential disruption to a basic business model (OEM manufactures vehicle, it is shipped to dealer for retail and final customer is a vehicle owner) that has held sway for more than a century.


Ghosn, Brexit and a giant BMW grille - the week

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

As one of my colleagues remarked, the grille on the just facelifted BMW 7 Series is somewhat reminiscent of the front-end of a basking shark in full plankton filter-feed mode. I'm sure the Chinese will love it anyway (a staggering 44% of all 7 sales last year were in China - which explains the Shanghai roll-out). It was a lighter moment in a week that has had a more serious side on a number of fronts.


DETROIT REPORT - Trucks and performance cars dominate NAIAS

16 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

As news of Ford and VW's tie-up dominated headlines from NAIAS 2019 in Detroit, the show halls amply illustrated the current product focus for North America's auto industry. Unsurprisingly, large brawny pickups and performance cars dominated.


Mobile power banks for e-cars - the week

4 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Another annual US light vehicle market over 17m units has been posted, the fourth in a row. 2018's tally was pretty impressive in the end, but there are obviously a few question marks surrounding how things will pan out in 2019. The Chinese market data for December and full-year is awaited with considerable interest.


Review of 2018 - Part 2

23 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

2018 was quite the year and threw up one or two surprises in the automotive business. Editor Dave Leggett's personal review picks out some highlights as seen through the prism of just-auto's industry coverage.


Review of 2018 - Part 1

20 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

2018 was quite the year and threw up one or two surprises in the automotive business. Editor Dave Leggett's personal review picks out some highlights as seen through the prism of just-auto's industry coverage.


COMMENT - The uncertain road  to driverless delivery

11 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Autonomous vehicles are increasingly seen as at the heart of a radically different future landscape for transport solutions in the world’s major urban areas. But don't believe all the hype, says Dave Leggett


COMMENT - Is there politics behind Nissan Ghosn charges?

21 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Companies are not just about the clinical science of conducting business and maximising returns for stakeholders. There are other elements in these sometimes complex social organisations.


Global automotive market report - Q3 2018

20 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

There were signs of global vehicle market weakness in the third quarter and stock market volatility suggests investors have become more nervous as 2018 has progressed. Dave Leggett assesses the state of the global vehicle market.



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