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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 Editor

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

GERMANY: OEMs line up to back free trade agreement with US 29 January 2015

The leaders of German car companies have united in support of a free trade agreement between the EU and the US that they believe would slash their costs and boost competitiveness.

CHINA: Shanghai Volkswagen launches investigation into Sumitomo tyres - reports 29 January 2015

Chinese media reports say that Shanghai Volkswagen has reportedly launched an investigation into tyres produced by Sumitomo Rubber Industries' China plants after claims that sub-standard tyres may have been fitted to the China-made Passat.

ITALY: Aston Martin has backing for product revamp - reports 28 January 2015

Aston Martin has the backing of a major shareholder for a revamp of its model line-up, according to media reports.

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Motor to work with Government on new fuel-cell hub 28 January 2015

South Korea's presidential office has said that South Korea is planning a new hub for automotive start-ups in the south-west of the country, with the assistance of Hyundai Motor.

Marie-Françoise DamesinSWITZERLAND: Three reasons why the auto industry needs women - Renault-Nissan 27 January 2015

Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Marie-Françoise Damesin, Executive Vice-President of both Alliance and Renault Human Resources, has highlighted three "very important reasons" why women are essential to the automotive industry.

CHINA: VW strikes supply accord with China dealers - report 27 January 2015

Volkswagen in China has reportedly agreed to set 'sensible' sales targets for its Chinese dealers who are suffering a drop in profitability in China's slowing vehicle market.

INDIA: Nissan plans to double Datsun network 27 January 2015

Nissan is reportedly planning to double the size of its Datsun brand India dealership network by 2016.

BELGIUM: EU Commissioner calls for standardised road pricing 27 January 2015

The European Union's Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has called for a standardised EU-wide road pricing system.

CHINA: Great Wall operating profit slipped in 2014 27 January 2015

Great Wall has said that its operating profit margin slipped to 14.8% in 2014 from 17% a year earlier.

JAPAN: Toyota to rethink pay system for workers 27 January 2015

Toyota is reportedly planning to revise how it compensates factory workers in order to reward performance and encourage young talent.

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