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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 M235i comes with a 3-litre 6-cylinder engine that will move the car from 0-62mph in just 5 seconds (with automatic transmission)UK: BMW 2 Series Convertible launched 27 February 2015

BMW has launched its 2 Series Convertible in the UK car market. The new model directly replaces the 1 Series Convertible and is significantly larger than that car (72mm longer and 22mm wider).

Suzuki VitaraANALYSIS: Suzuki looks for brand resurgence with new Vitara 26 February 2015

As a car brand, Suzuki is not one of the big beasts of the auto industry. It's something of a niche player but is now planning to cement its position in key niches, says Dave Leggett.

Qoros 3 City SUVGENEVA PREVIEW: Qoros to show SUV model 25 February 2015

Qoros is to show its latest model - the Qoros 3 City SUV - at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

ToyotaJAPAN: Toyota I-Road to start Tokyo trial 25 February 2015

The Toyota i-Road micro-mobility vehicle is to enter a new car-sharing programme in central Tokyo in April. The electric three-wheeled vehicle is already being trialled as part of a co-ordinated public transport scheme (the i-Road providing 'last mile mobility') in Grenoble, France and has also been trialled in Toyota City.

JAPAN: BASF and Toda Kogyo establish ‘BASF Toda Battery Materials’ 25 February 2015

BASF and Toda Kogyo formally established 'BASF Toda Battery Materials' with the closing of their joint venture agreement announced in October 2014. The new company will provide cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in Japan.

EuropeANALYSIS: Europe's fragile recovery continues 23 February 2015

Car sales in January were off to a good start and it was the seventeenth successive month of growth. It's good that the market is growing again, but risks to recovery remain and trading conditions will remain tough across the region, says Dave Leggett.

KiaGENEVA PREVIEW: World premiere for Kia's 1-litre engine 20 February 2015

Kia's new, three cylinder, one-litre T-GDi (turbo gasoline direct injection) 'Kappa' engine will make its world production debut at the upcoming Geneva show.

US: Buffett and Soros up their GM stakes 20 February 2015

Billionaire investors Warren Buffett and George Soros have both boosted their stakes in General Motors, according to recent regulatory filings.

US: Apple accused of poaching A123 employees 20 February 2015

Apple is reportedly being accused in a lawsuit from battery maker A123 Systems of undertaking an aggressive campaign to poach its employees.

JAPAN: Toyota gives steel suppliers a break 19 February 2015

Toyota has reportedly decided to skip price cut demand to its domestic steel suppliers, in a move seen as an unexpected concession as it experiences strong earnings bolstered by the weak yen.

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