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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

CHINA: Tesla eyes partner for charging network - report 15 April 2014

Tesla Motor chief Elon Musk is set to meet with China's largest refiner Sinopec Group to discuss possible cooperation on building charging units during his visit to the country next week.


JAPAN: Toyota boosts aftermarket network in southeast Asia 15 April 2014

Toyota is working with affiliates to grow its vehicle maintenance network in southeast Asia.


SWEDEN: SKF Q1 sales up 10.4% to US$2,546m 15 April 2014

SKF reported an increase of 10.4% in net sales to SEK16,734m (US$2,546m) in the first quarter 2014 as compared to SEK15,152m in the previous year.


Car Guy. Carlos Tavares is an engineer and knows product (his first job with Renault was as a test driver). He also knows that PSA currently has too much product.COMMENT: PSA Peugeot Citroën's Tavares plots tricky turnaround 14 April 2014

New product is a big driver of performance in the automotive business, as we are all very well aware.


Tavares had been expected to look at slimming down PSAFRANCE: PSA to slash model range as part of new business plan 14 April 2014

New PSA Peugeot Citroën chief Carlos Tavares has set out plans for an acceleration of the group's recovery based on cutting back the product portfolio and stepping up expansion in Asia.


Dieter Zetsche was upbeat today: "The good times have only just begun."GERMANY: Daimler posts record annual sales, revenue and net profit 9 April 2014

Daimler has posted record annual results for 2013 with sales, revenues and net profit all reaching new highs.


The intention at this yearUK: Automechanika to add alternative powertrain hall this year 9 April 2014

The organisers of this year's flagship Automechanika aftermarket trade fair in Frankfurt are adding a hall dedicated to alternative powertrain and new mobility concepts.


CHINA: Beijing Auto eyes big IPO 9 April 2014

Beijing Automotive Group is planning an IPO in the second half of the year that could raise as much as 20 billion yuan (over USD3bn).


Peugeot is reporting strong demand for the 2008 in France and increasing its productionANALYSIS: Europe inches out of recession 8 April 2014

There are more hopeful signs lately of gathering monentum for recovery in the European car market. Car sales in Western Europe were up by 10% in March.


UK: Car sales in Western Europe up 10% in March 7 April 2014

Car sales in Western Europe were up by 10% in March, a positive development that is boosting hopes that a sustainable recovery to the depressed market is gathering momentum.


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