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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

Volkswagen GroupBEIJING SHOW: VW launches e-mobility campaign for China 22 April 2014

Volkswagen Group is to start an electro-mobility campaign in China spearheaded by the electric up! and e-Golf models. VW Group CEO Dr Martin Winterkorn hailed it as the "biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history".

"The Volkswagen Group is once again assuming a pioneering role in China and launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in ChinaCOMMENT: Beijing wants a greener auto sector, but will the regions take note? 22 April 2014

The focus in Beijing's auto show this year is firmly on green technologies. That's perhaps not too surprising when you bear in mind the problems that China is experiencing with air quality in its major cities.

BEIJING SHOW: Audi pushes PHEVs for China 22 April 2014

Audi has shown the production version of its A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid at the Beijing Motor Show and confirmed that it will build the Audi A6L e-tron (long-wheelbase version) sedan in China.

Geely Emgrand PHEV ConceptBEIJING SHOW: Geely Auto unveils single brand strategy 22 April 2014

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced its new brand in Beijing. The company also unveiled the Emgrand Cross concept PHEV, a concept car designed to showcase "its deepening research and expertise in new energy vehicles and new design language".

Mary Barra: " I am confident that the team will learn from this recall, and that GM will be a better company for it."US: GM's Barra announces new 'Global Product Integrity' unit 16 April 2014

Speaking in New York ahead of the auto show, General Motors CEO Mary Barra has announced the formation of a new unit within the global product development area to be tasked with safety performance.

GERMANY: BMW raises i3 output to 100 a day 16 April 2014

BMW is raising output of the i3 electric car at its Leipzig factory as it takes the model to North America and reports continued high demand.

HellaGERMANY: Hella develops matrix LED headlamp system with Audi 16 April 2014

Hella has announced that it has developed and supplied to Audi a headlamp system that automatically adjusts high-beam light patterns for other traffic and pedestrians.

Toyota showed its FCV concept in Geneva last month.BELGIUM: Toyota on track for 2015 fuel cell car launch 16 April 2014

Toyota is on track for the launch of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2015, with limited numbers also earmarked for Europe, according to remarks made by Toyota Motor Europe executives.

CHINA: Tesla eyes partner for charging network - report 15 April 2014

Tesla Motor chief Elon Musk is set to meet with China's largest refiner Sinopec Group to discuss possible cooperation on building charging units during his visit to the country next week.

JAPAN: Toyota boosts aftermarket network in southeast Asia 15 April 2014

Toyota is working with affiliates to grow its vehicle maintenance network in southeast Asia.

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