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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

UK: Sir Nick Scheele, former Ford COO and Jaguar chief, dies 21 July 2014

Sir Nick Scheele, former COO of Ford Motor Company and boss of Jaguar, died on July 18, aged 70.

IsnANALYSIS: Swallowing Fiat-Chrysler 'would be bad for Volkswagen' - analyst 18 July 2014

Equities analyst Sabine Blümel has told just-auto that Volkswagen may be interested in parts of Fiat-Chrysler, as rumoured, but would have to be careful to avoid potential problems with such an acquisition.

VW Group supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piech is thought to have eyed elements of Fiat for possible acquisition before...ITALY: Fiat denies merger talks with VW 17 July 2014

As rumours of discussions between Volkswagen and Fiat over a possible VW acquisition of Fiat-Chrysler's volume car operations circulate, Fiat has issued a statement denying that discussions have taken place.

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants both Alliance companies to be at the forefront of the introduction of autonomous drive technologies to the marketJAPAN: Ghosn clarifies Nissan's autonomous cars timetable 17 July 2014

After suggesting last year that Nissan would be in a position to offer fully autonomous cars to the market by 2020, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has offered further clarification on Nissan's planned rollout of autonomous drive technologies.

The Smart forfour is back after a hiatus. The previous Smart forfour was based on MitsubishiGERMANY: Next gen Smart fortwo and forfour shown 17 July 2014

Daimler has revealed its next generation 2015 Smart brand models - the fortwo and forfour - developed under a new engineering architecture shared with Renault.

UK: European new car sales up 5.8% in first half 17 July 2014

June car sales in Europe were up 4.3% to leave sales for the first half of the year up 5.8% over last year according to data released by JATO Dynamics.

FordSOUTH AFRICA: Ford targets growth in Middle East and Africa 17 July 2014

Ford says it is planning an aggressive new product rollout for high-growth markets in the Middle East and Africa.

NIGERIA: PSA Peugeot Citroën and PAN Nigeria sign assembly deal 17 July 2014

PSA Peugeot Citroën and PAN Nigeria Limited have signed an assembly and sale of cars agreement in Nigeria.

CHINA: Dongfeng Nissan launches Venucia R30 17 July 2014

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) has launched R30, the fourth production model from its local Venucia (Qi Chen) brand.

CHINA: SAIC-GM-Wuling breaks ground for new R&D centre 16 July 2014

One of GM's China joint ventures, SAIC-GM-Wuling, has broken ground for the construction of a new R&D centre and proving ground in Liuzhou, Guangxi.

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