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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: TRW beats forecasts with Q2 results 29 July 2014

TRW - a supplier that has attracted M&A interest from ZF - has beaten expectations to report second quarter net profit up 7% to $265m.

UK: Consumers want more connectivity in cars - survey 29 July 2014

Some 80% of consumers expect the connected car of the future to provide the same connected experience they are used to at home, at work and on the move via their mobile phone, according to a survey carried out for telecom firm Telefónica.

The deal to supply flywheel units looks like a very significant one for GKNUK: GKN in deal to supply KERS flywheel tech on London buses 29 July 2014

GKN plc and the Go-Ahead Group have agreed a deal to supply a flywheel-based system to London buses that it is claimed will improve fuel efficiency by around 20%.

US: Lear posts Q2 net income up 26% 29 July 2014

Lear has posted a highly positive set of financial results for the second quarter, helped by higher volumes in automotive seating and electrical products as order schedules climbed in key markets.

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Motor Q2 results hit by stronger won 24 July 2014

Hyundai Motor has reported a 6.9% decline to net income in the second quarter, its bottom line dragged down by the stronger won.

CHINA: Mercedes-Benz opens training centre in Shanghai 24 July 2014

Mercedes-Benz has opened its new Shanghai Training Centre, the brand's largest passenger car training site globally.

ITALY: Sogefi’s Q2 sales revenue down 2.4% 24 July 2014

Sogefi's sales revenue for the second quarter ended 30 June 2014 was down 2.4% to EUR344.2m (US$464.5m) compared with EUR352.5m in the year ago period.

World light vehicle market this year is heading for another record, driven by growth in US, Western Europe and ChinaJuly 2014 management briefing: Global light vehicle market 23 July 2014

The first half of the year has seen global light vehicle sales accelerate as expanding vehicle markets have more tan compensated for those that have contracted. Dave Leggett eyes the latest data and the outlook.

MEXICO: Kia 'in talks' to open Mexico plant 23 July 2014

Reuters reports that Kia is in talks to open a new vehicle manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

INDIA: India forecast to account for 25% of Honda's APAC volume 23 July 2014

Honda's Indian unit will account for 25% of Honda's Asia-Pacific (APAC) sales volume by March 2017, according to the company's Managing Officer Yoshiyuki Matsumoto.

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