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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
just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.
Articles by Dave Leggett
Vehicle sales in China rose by 17.8% year-on-year in February to 1.6m vehicles according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Car sales in Western Europe grew by 5.1% in February, the sixth consecutive month of expansion, according to data released by LMC Automotive.
Geely is reportedly planning to rationalise its domestic sales brands and axe a number them.
Ford has launched a revamped version of its Focus model in Geneva as part of a five-year product offensive promised under the 'Go Further' banner. Dave Leggett caught up with Ford of Europe's chief to hear more about the strategy to return the company's European operations to profitability by 2015.
Speaking to just-auto at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford Europe boss Stephen Odell said that Ford's planned return to profitability in Europe by 2015 has been underpinned by the company's global structure and that losses in the region would have been unsustainable without that.
As a major investor in Russia's car industry, Ford is closely monitoring the impact of the current geopolitical crisis in Ukraine and its spillover effects on Russia's economy.
Apple launched the CarPlay in-car application for its iPhone operating system at Geneva in Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes models.
Ford's UK fleet director Phil Hollins is responsible for UK market leader Ford's fleet sales. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him at a launch event for the new Transit Connect.
French car sales fell 1.4% in the month of February according to CCFA data. February's decline ended a five-month run of year-on-year gains.
Reductions to tax paid on car purchase appear to have had little impact on India's car market last month.
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