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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

JLRAUSTRIA: Jaguar Land Rover signs manufacturing agreement with Magna Steyr 3 July 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has agreed a manufacturing partnership with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International Inc, to build some future vehicles in Graz, Austria.


CHINA: Dealers thank BMW for support 3 July 2015

BMW's Chinese dealers have thanked the company for its support in the face of slowing market demand at a meeting in Beijing.


Suzuki plans to focus on its core product strengths - traditionally in compact vehicles such as the Celerio. The big question is whether the company will now look for strategic partners for cost savings, technology sharing and scale economiesJAPAN: Suzuki appoints Suzuki junior as new president 1 July 2015

Suzuki Chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki has announced the appointment of son Toshihiro Suzuki as the company's new president.


Premium brands in China have been reporting slower sales this yearCHINA: "Levelling off" continues in China's vehicle market 1 July 2015

Anlaysis from LMC shows that the slowdown in China's light vehicle market continued in May, with year-on-year growth in sales of locally-made models dropping to just 1.4%.


SMMTUK: Britain's auto industry delivering on growth and sustainability - SMMT 30 June 2015

The UK auto industry continues to deliver on growth to turnover, exports and employment, according to SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.


FordUK: Auto industry gears up for intelligent mobility challenge - F&S 30 June 2015

According to global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan (F&S) the automotive sector gears up to the challenge presented by the emergence of new business models in the transportation sector.


GERMANY: ZF acquisition to boost ADAS expertise 30 June 2015

ZF Friedrichshafen says a new acquisition will boost its expertise in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).


UK: Vauxhall launches OnStar 30 June 2015

Vauxhall says it is bringing OnStar to the UK this summer with a package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network for up to seven devices, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. The European headquarters for OnStar will be in Luton, UK, creating some 120 new jobs.


GERMANY: Opel offers new car sharing scheme 29 June 2015

Opel in Germany is to offer a new car sharing scheme called 'CarUnity' that enables vehicle owners to offer their own cars for rental or to rent a car themselves.


GERMANY: VW plans low cost car family 29 June 2015

Volkswagen is planning to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018 according to remarks in the German press from CEO Martin Winterkorn.


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