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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

FRANCE: Car sales down 3% in August 1 September 2014

The French car market was down 3% on last year with 83,340 sales in August, according to the CCFA.

JAPAN: Car market down 9.1% in August 1 September 2014

Car sales in Japan declined by 9.1% year-on-year in August as the market was weighed down by sales tax increases.

CHINA: Denso acquires 34% stake in Hefei Dyne 1 September 2014

Denso has acquired 34% stake of Hefei Dyne Air Conditioner to help grow automotive aftermarket compressor business globally. Denso completed the transaction on 24 June.

CHINA: Tesla to partner with Unicom on charging outlets 29 August 2014

Tesla Motors has said that it will partner with Chinese cell phone carrier Unicom to build charging outlets across the country.

CHINA: Nexteer posts H1 revenue up 23% 28 August 2014

Automotive steering systems specialist Nexteer has announced strong financial results for the first half of 2014.

US: Lear to acquire Eagle Ottawa 28 August 2014

Lear has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eagle Ottawa.

Ford is hoping that the new Mustang will lift the image of the Ford brand in markets around the worldUS: New Ford Mustang production starts 28 August 2014

Production of the 2015 Ford Mustang for global markets has begun at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly plant.

mi-DOMOSCOW SHOW: Datsun shows mi-DO hatchback 27 August 2014

Nissan's emerging markets brand, Datsun, has shown its mi-DO five-door hatchback at the Moscow Show.

StenzaCHINA: BYD-Daimler JV readies Denza EV for production 27 August 2014

In an attempt to revive falling automotive sales, BYD has unveiled a new electric vehicle - Denza - developed in collaboration with Daimler with series production at the JV about to start.

UK: EY appoints Miller as Global Automotive head 27 August 2014

EY has announced the appointment of Randy Miller as Global Automotive and Transportation Sector Leader, effective immediately.

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