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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

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

Carlos Ghosn is taking a long view on Russia: Q&A with Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance 5 May 2016

Along with Dacia in Romania, Avtovaz in Russia and Samsung in Korea, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is now one of the top for automobile manufacturers with global sales of 8.5m in 2015. Roger Stansfield recently caught up with him.


Tesla advances build plan by 2 years 5 May 2016

Tesla has said it is bringing its build program forward by two years to accommodate higher orders for the Model 3 and raise overall volume to 500,000 units a year.


A tidy set of financial results for Håkan Samuelsson that will also go down well with parent Zhejiang GeelyVolvo Cars swings to profit in Q1 4 May 2016

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has posted Q1 earnings gains boosted by strong sales of its recently launched and high margin XC90.


Delphi Q1 results beat expectations 4 May 2016

Delphi has reported first quarter results that beat Wall Street analyst expectations as revenues grew 7% on strong vehicle production schedules in its major operating regions.


Overall, another good set of results for Harald Krüger and BMW in Q1, but they came with some negativesBMW Q1 operating profit down 2.5% 3 May 2016

BMW has posted first quarter operating profit (EBIT) down slightly on last year due to currency headwinds and higher costs.


Autonomous cars to shake up car insurance 3 May 2016

The multi-billion pound motor insurance industry faces a period of radical restructuring as a result of the advent of autonomously driving cars according to research carried out by Swiss Re.


MMC Japanese minicar sales down 45% in April 3 May 2016

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) has seen sales of new minicar vehicles plunge by 44.9% year-on-year during the month of April, following its admission to falsifying fuel economy data for mini-vehicles sold in Japan.


Mitsubishi orders plunge in crisis 29 April 2016

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has revealed that orders for its vehicles in Japan have plunged following its admission that it has committed fuel-economy testing fraud in Japan.


ZF forms e-mobility unit with China focus 29 April 2016

ZF says it is bundling activities which will shape the future of e-mobility into its new ‘E-Mobility Division’ which will be focused on market opportunities in China.


Gestamp net profit up 28.5% in 2015 28 April 2016

Gestamp says its net profit increased by 28.5% to EUR161.5m in 2015. Operating profit was up by 18.6% to EUR400m and turnover was up 12.4% to EUR7bn.


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