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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

From the Editor

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

Nissan's investment decision will likely shore up confidence in the UK's economyNissan confirms future models for UK plant

27 October 2016

Nissan has announced that it will produce the next Qashqai and will also add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland, UK, plant.

Ford posts 55% decline to net income in Q3

27 October 2016

Ford has posted third quarter net income down by 55% on last year as its results were weighed down by higher costs due to recalls and model introductions. Net income was put at US$1bn.

Strong exports keep UK car output up in September

27 October 2016

The latest UK car production data shows that buoyant exports kept the industry total up in September, in spite of a decline in output for the domestic market of over 10%.

Low-cost Tata Nano has always been something of a cause celebre for Ratan Tata who sees it as bringing motorisation within reach of the Indian masses Loss-making Tata Nano kept going for 'emotional reasons' - Mistry

27 October 2016

Cyrus Mistry has hit back at his sudden removal as chairman of the board at Tata Sons this week. In an open letter to the board, he expresses his shock at the 'invalidity and illegality' of the move and says that the board 'has not covered itself in glory'.

Volvo Car Group Q3 profit up 62%

27 October 2016

Volvo Car Group, the premium car maker, has reported third quarter operating profit of SEK2,067m (US$231m) compared to SEK1,276m in the same period last year and a year-on-year increase in revenue to SEK41.1bn from SEK36.1bn previously. The operating margin for the Geely subsidiary rose from 3.5% in the third quarter of 2015 to 5% in 2016.

US light vehicle market forecast to dip in October

27 October 2016

The US light vehicle market is heading for an October decline according to data specialists in the US.

Schaeffler extends Nanjing plant and opens new plant in Thailand

27 October 2016

Schaeffler says it has opened new factory halls in China and a new plant in Thailand.

Time's up for the Nissan Tsuru. Some will mourn its passing. Others won't.Nissan confirms end of Tsuru production in Mexico

27 October 2016

Nissan has confirmed the end of production of the Nissan Tsuru in Mexico by May 2017. The company says the popular Tsuru, with more than 2.4m sales to date, has provided accessible, economical and dependable mobility for drivers across Mexico and other markets for more than three decades.

Watson will learn the driver's preferences, apply machine learning and sift through data to recognise patterns in their decisions and habits.GM and IBM partner over OnStar Go mobility platform

26 October 2016

General Motors and IBM on have announced a partnership to bring OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the "auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform".

GM's Ellesmere Port plant is also the sole source for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra's sport wagon variantGM to take $400m Brexit hit in H2

26 October 2016

It is emerging that General Motors' European operations are being hard hit on the bottom line by the adverse economic consequences of the UK's decision to leave the EU. The sizeable headwinds will make it difficult for GM to reach breakeven in Europe this year, something it said it was on track to do at the end of the first half.

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