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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: Tesla to unveil 'major new non-car product line' 31 March 2015

Tesla is set to unveil a new non-car product line at the end of this month, with speculation rife that the new product will be a home battery.

UK: Autonomous cars coming around 2025 - KPMG 30 March 2015

Highly autonomous cars are expected on to become significant in the European marketplace from 2025, according to a study undertaken by KPMG.

Glenn Schmidt addresses the UK: Car sharing won't replace car ownership - BMW 27 March 2015

BMW Group's head of sustainability communications, Glenn Schmidt, has told just-auto that emerging business models in areas such as car sharing will work alongside the continuing desire of consumers to own cars.

Iconic London black cab with London Mayor Boris JohnsonUK: Carl-Peter Forster appointed board chairman for London Taxi Company 25 March 2015

The London Taxi Company (LTC) which produces the iconic London black cab has announced that Carl-Peter Forster has been appointed as chairman of its board.

Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdall, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the new Jaguar XF 240 metres across a high-wire to demonstrate the new XF’s lightweight aluminium-intensive construction.UK: Jaguar unveils second generation XF in London 24 March 2015

Jaguar has unveiled its second generation XF model with a dramatic event involving a high-wire journey in London's docklands.

The EU has set aggressive average CO2 emission targets for carmakers selling in Europe to hit by 2021. Some will find their targets easier to hit than others.UK: Premium makers face EU fines on failure to hit 2021 CO2 targets - study 24 March 2015

Analysis undertaken by PA Consulting Group suggests that premium carmakers will struggle to hit the EU's 2021 CO2 emission targets and will therefore be faced with large fines.

Despite EuropeRUSSIA: Ford Sollers positions to fill gaps left by rivals' exits 24 March 2015

Media reports in Russia suggest that Ford Sollers is positioning itself in Russia to take full advantage of market exits by a number of brands who are quitting the market due to falling sales and the collapsed rouble.

The new Cruze has already been rolled out in China, the first market to get the carMEXICO: GM to make next gen Cruze in Mexico 24 March 2015

General Motors has said that it will invest US$350m at its Ramos Arizpe manufacturing facility to make the next generation Chevrolet Cruze model.

CHINA: Foxconn and Tencent strike deal to develop 'smart electric car' 24 March 2015

Chinese internet giant Tencent and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, a major Apple supplier, have announced plans to make a "smart electric car".

CHINA: GKN Driveline expands China capacity 24 March 2015

GKN Driveline says it has nearly tripled its manufacturing capacity at its Chongqing plant in China to support the expansion plans of the company's car manufacturer customer base.

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