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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

The UKCOMMENT: Scottish independence referendum brings relief and more questions 19 September 2014

The people of Scotland have had their say on independence and decided to stay in the UK. It was a close vote, but in the end the margin was perhaps bigger than some had expected. Irrespective of political leanings, many UK businesses, including those in the automotive sector, will be breathing a sigh of relief today.

GERMANY: ThyssenKrupp develops lighter components 19 September 2014

ThyssenKrupp says its research project 'InCar plus' has developed new components that offer weight savings of up to 50% and cost reductions of up to 20% on conventional parts.

Paul PhilpottINTERVIEW: Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO 18 September 2014

Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO, has given just-auto an upbeat assessment of conditions in the UK car market and growth prospects for the Kia brand.

UK: Lotus to restructure and up to 325 jobs could go 18 September 2014

Lotus has said that it wants to restructure and may shed as many as 325 jobs, over a quarter of the current workforce.

The EUBELGIUM: EU car sales recovery continued in August 17 September 2014

The EU area's car market recovery continued in August with sales up 2.1% on last year, according to data released by ACEA.

INDIA: Mahindra eyes Peugeot scooter unit - report 16 September 2014

Mahindra & Mahindra is reportedly interested in buying PSA Peugeot Citroen's two-wheeler scooter business.

ZF is an important player in driveline and chassis technologies, whereas TRW is a significant supplier of active and passive safety technologies, including advanced driver assistance systems such as camera-based cruise controlUS: ZF to buy TRW after $13.5bn deal agreed 15 September 2014

TRW will become a separate business division within ZF after the two struck a deal under which ZF will acquire all outstanding shares in TRW.

US: Visteon considers restructuring into two companies - report 11 September 2014

Bloomberg reports that Visteon is considering restructuring itself into two separate companies, one specialised on electronics-based products and the other on climate controls.

JAPAN: Denso to end production at Denso Australia 11 September 2014

Denso has announced that it has decided to end production at Denso Automotive Systems Australia in line with the withdrawal of its customers' from auto production in Australia. Denso will determine when production will end based on its customers' schedules.

JAPAN: Nissan and Renault ramp up training cooperation 11 September 2014

Alliance partners Renault and Nissan are to open their training facilities around the world to each other to improve skills and improve the cost effectiveness of training provision.

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