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.


Your smart office on the move - the week

2 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

I have tried typing from the back seat of a car on quite a few occasions (needs must and all that) and it's not much fun.


UK auto sector (and Tata) watch closely as JLR hits headwinds

10 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been a stunning success story under the ownership of Tata Motors over the past decade.


Ford's UK parts chief concerned by Brexit uncertainty

7 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford's UK aftermarket parts distribution manager, Andy Blaber, has told just-auto that he is "naturally concerned" by the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU in 2019 and the status of continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU.


Ford boosts ADAS equipment in Gen 4 Focus

7 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has boosted the level of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipment in its latest fourth generation Focus model now going on sale in Europe.


Delphi Technologies CTO talks powertrain and power electronics

16 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

When Delphi split earlier this year, the greater part of its operations were renamed Aptiv. However, the powertrain tech division retained the Delphi name. Dave Leggett recently caught up with Delphi Technologies CTO Mary Gustanski at the company's new London headquarters.


Global automotive market report - Q2 2018

8 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

The global automotive market is continuing to grow, according to analysis carried out by just-auto. However, demand in key markets is easing as concerns rise over the outlook. Dave Leggett provides a commentary.


Leadership succession and the Renault-Nissan Alliance - COMMENT

26 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance (Mitsubishi Motors was added in 2016) has been quite a success story. In an industry driven by the manufacturing economics of scale, companies coming together have shown mixed results.


COMMENT - Be ready for no-deal Brexit scenarios

4 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

In the global scheme of things, Brexit may look like something of a local issue for Europe.


COMMENT - OEMs explore bundled services and cars on subscription

12 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

There is more than one way to skin a cat. As proverbs go I feel it's a slightly brutal one. Maybe 'more than one way to prepare a meal using eggs' is kinder to cats, if a little less catchy. Anyway, you get the drift. That old maxim springs to mind when looking at some of the latest schemes automakers are devising to get you behind the wheel of their vehicles and paying for the privilege.


BMW's induction course - the week

1 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

You don't have far to look to see some fabulous innovation in the automotive industry. For example, BMW's wireless charging pad is coming  soon and it may well be attractive to many.


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.



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