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Dave Leggett

Dave LeggettBiography

David Leggett has been editor of just-auto since 2000. He has been analysing the auto industry for over 25 years in analyst, forecasting or B2B publishing roles. He is frequently asked for media interviews or to present at industry conferences.

Leggett also plays a leading role in the development of just-auto's expanding research portfolio.

He joined just-auto from the Economist Group's Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) where, as director of automotive forecasting, he played a key role in the integration and development of forecast-orientated automotive data to the EIU’s electronic product portfolio.

As a regular contributor to the EIU Motor Business series, he also took the initiative in developing the unit’s opinion pieces for internal and external websites and was also responsible for commissioning research.

Formerly, he was director of forecast services at CSM Europe, the European arm of US-based auto industry analysts CSM Worldwide, where he developed the European Light Vehicle Forecast Service for automotive clients across the world.

Previous appointments include senior associate with Global Insight (then DRI) and senior economist with the UK’s automotive trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

While at Global Insight in the mid-1990s he led the company's expanding analysis of automotive emerging markets, especially in East Asia.

He holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Columns by Dave Leggett

From the EditorFrom the Editor

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.Ford offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all US 2017 models 25 July 2016

Ford has said it will offer the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its new SYNC 3 connectivity platform across all models sold in the US market in 2017.

Audi aims to have 3 EV models by 2020 25 July 2016

Audi is aiming to have three electric car models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25-20% of its sales by 2025, according to a report in a German newspaper.

Perodua BezzaDaihatsu unveils new small sedan for Malaysia 22 July 2016

Daihatsu is entering the small sedan market in Malaysia with a model developed jointly with Perodua.

PSA and SAIPA create JV in Iran 22 July 2016

PSA Group and SAIPA, Citroen's historic partner in Iran since 1966, have signed a framework agreement to create a joint-venture to produce and sell Citroen vehicles in Iran.

Mahle opens vehicle engineering centre in UK 22 July 2016

Mahle Powertrain has opened the doors to its new Vehicle Engineering Centre (VEC) in Northampton, UK.

Dow and DuPont merger approved by stockholders 22 July 2016

DuPont and the Dow Chemical Company announced that, at their respective special meetings of stockholders held on 20 July 2016, stockholders of both companies have voted to approve all stockholder proposals necessary to complete the merger of equals transaction - a key milestone in the process to merge the two companies and subsequently pursue the intended spins of three highly focused, independent companies. The companies expect the merger transaction to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

Good results, again, for Daimler and CEO Dieter ZetscheDaimler posts solid Q2 results on record sales 21 July 2016

Daimler has posted record figures for unit sales and EBIT adjusted for special items in the second quarter of 2016.

As a  crossover hybrid Niro is a market segment pioneer in EuropeKia launches Niro hybrid crossover; PHEV to follow in 2017 21 July 2016

Kia is hoping to appeal to a new set of car customers with its new Niro hybrid compact crossover. Kia says it is the first to this segment and that a plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2017.

VW says a recovery to the VW brand in the second quarter helped to lift operating profitability in the first halfVW gets profit boost in first half 20 July 2016

Volkswagen Group says it has set aside another EUR2.2bn in the first six months of the year in relation to costs arising from its ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal.

BASF expands automotive coatings R&D in China 20 July 2016

BASF is stepping up its regional research and development (R&D) activities for automotive coatings in a new platform at the BASF innovation campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.

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