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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

US: Lear profit jumps 21% in Q1 24 April 2015

Lear has reported first quarter profit up 21% on buoyant sales of seats, boosted by strong industry volume in North America.

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Motor reports profit decline again 24 April 2015

Hyundai Motor has reported profit a decline in earnings for the fifth consecutive quarter on slower sales and currency effects.

The Range Rover Sport is among the models that helped lift UK car production in MarchUK: Car output up 1.9% in March 23 April 2015

UK car output was up 1.9% in March according to the SMMT. It was the best March total since 2006.

Toyota Senior Managing Officer Jim Lentz at the Mexican plant press conference last weekANALYSIS: Toyota's plant and product engineering revamp 22 April 2015

Toyota has had its fair share of problems to contend with in recent years. However, there are now signs that the company is raising its global game to compete with rivals, says Dave Leggett.

US/FRANCE: PSA and IBM to deepen partnership on connected vehicle services 22 April 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM have announced a partnership to "help various industries within the Internet of Things economy to analyse data to deliver new services from connected vehicles".

CHINA: Toyota sees leap ahead for China hybrid sales 22 April 2015

Toyota sees its hybrids accounting for as much as 30% of its sales in China by 2020 according to a Nikkei report.

CHINA: Continental to invest US$1.07bn in next five years 22 April 2015

Continental intends to make an investment of around EUR1bn (US$1.07bn) in China in the 2015-19 period.

PSAFRANCE: PSA to increase European output as demand perks up 21 April 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced that it will be increasing output in its European plants in response to higher demand.

DPCA production line at WuhanSHANGHAI SHOW: PSA and Dongfeng to share new small car platform 20 April 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen and Dongfeng have announced a project to jointly develop a global platform for the manufacture of B- and C-segment vehicles under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Dongfeng brands.

The Chinese Taurus comes with a twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engineSHANGHAI SHOW: Ford adds Taurus large sedan for China 20 April 2015

Ford is adding a locally made Taurus large car, described as a "new premium business sedan" in China.

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