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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: Visteon agrees to sell its stake in HVCC 18 December 2014

Visteon has agreed to sell its controlling stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (HVCC) to private equity group Hahn & Company and Hankook Tire.

CHINA: Baidu to invest in Uber 18 December 2014

Baidu has said that it plans to invest in online minicab firm Uber.

UK: Global light vehicle market slipped back in November 17 December 2014

Data from LMC Automotive suggests that the global light vehicle market slipped back in November on weak sales in Eastern Europe, Japan and South America.

CHINA: Geely issues profit warning on rouble collapse 17 December 2014

Geely has said that it expects full-year net income to fall by around 50% due to the impact of the sliding rouble and lower sales.

INDIA: Mahindra to curb vehicle production in Q1 17 December 2014

Mahindra & Mahindra says it may stop production and observe 'no production days' at some of its plants for up to seven days a month, effective until March 2015.

INDIA: Tata Motors partners MapmyIndia to offer GPS navigation on Bolt 17 December 2014

In order to offer GPS navigation service on its soon-to-be-launched Bolt hatchback, Tata Motors has teamed up with MapmyIndia, International Business Times reported.

GERMANY: ZF produces around 27m ready-to-install axle sets in 20 years 17 December 2014

ZF says that it has been delivering Just-in-Time and Just-in-Sequence complete axle systems to automotive manufacturers' production lines for 20 years.

INDIA: BASF partners Würth to drive India refinish coatings business 17 December 2014

BASF India and Würth India have announced that effective 1 January 2015, Würth India will take over the import, distribution and technical service in India of Glasurit, a BASF premium automotive refinish paint brand.

Dacia Duster is selling well in Europe this yearBELGIUM: EU car sales scrape to 1.4% gain in November 16 December 2014

New car sales in the EU scraped to a 1.4% gain in November amid continued industry concern over the weak pace of market recovery in the EU area.

TeslaDecember 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) 15 December 2014

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments, starting with a look at the overall picture.

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