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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 EditorFrom the Editor

just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.

Articles by Dave Leggett

Zetsche: “We have implemented our strategy with great determination in recent years. The result is our current success.”Daimler posts record sales – investors unimpressed 4 February 2016

Daimler has posted strong earnings and record sales for 2015, but was met with a fall to its share price after it warned that growth in earnings and profit will slow in 2016.

German car market up 3.3% in January 4 February 2016

The German car market was up 3.3% to 218,365 units according to data released by the German KBA organisation.

Delphi Q4 net income down, but beats estimates 4 February 2016

Delphi has posted fourth quarter profit down 44.1% on currency movements and higher commodity costs, but the figures beat analyst estimates.

The iM model (a rebadged Toyota Corolla/Auris hatchback) introduced last year appeared to suggest something of a reboot for the Scion brand, but it was not enough to save it Toyota to axe Scion youth brand 3 February 2016

Toyota has confirmed reports from earlier today that, after nearly 13 years, it will drop its Scion brand in the US market and 'transition to Toyota'.

Jim Farley is looking for a leaner Ford of EuropeFord Europe looks to cut staff 3 February 2016

Ford in Europe is to offer employees a "voluntary separation program" as it looks to save around US$200m a year in administrative and selling costs.

Sachin Lawande Q&A - Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande 1 February 2016

Visteon specialises in providing cockpit electronics to automotive manufacturers worldwide. CEO Sachin Lawande outlines the company’s strategic priorities as he sees them and offers views on the industry’s broader development. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.

US January vehicle market saw strong retails 1 February 2016

Analysis by JD Power and LMC Automotive suggests that the month of January was a strong one for US vehicle retail sales, despite adverse weather in some parts of the country.   

Renault "affirms Iran ambitions" 28 January 2016

PSA may have grabbed the headlines this week with its JV announcement for Iran, but cross-town rival Renault has issued a statement to remind us that it has a presence there and also has ambitions for its Iranian operations.

Auris has been a strong seller for Toyota in Europe, where Toyota output was up last yearToyota retains biggest global OEM crown in 2015 27 January 2016

Toyota has issued 2015 sales figures that show it sold 10.15m units in the year, 0.8% below the previous year’s total, but ahead of Volkswagen Group in second place.

PSA has been quick off the mark to seize the Iran market opportunity now that a deal has been done to lift international economic sanctions on the countryPSA’s DS brand opens store in Tehran 27 January 2016

As reported by just-auto last week, PSA’s DS premium brand has now officially opened a DS Store in Iran’s capital, Tehran.

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