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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

Ashley FernihoughINTERVIEW: Impetus Automotive and developing OEM aftermarket strategies 28 May 2015

Impetus Automotive works with OEMs to improve performance and grow business within retail dealerships. Their focus is developing aftersales strategies and improving margins in an area of automotive business that is increasingly important to delivering profitability around the world. Dave Leggett caught up with Impetus' sales and marketing director, Ashley Fernihough, to discuss automotive parts sales and associated issues across the world.

US: Toyota top automotive brand in BrandZ listing 28 May 2015

Toyota has retained its position as the most valuable automotive brand in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report 2015. Toyota's brand was valued at US$28.9bn and came in at number 30 in the full list headed by Apple.

Lamborghini Urus conceptITALY: Lamborghini confirms new SUV for 2018 28 May 2015

VW Group-owned supercar brand Lamborghini has confirmed a luxury SUV as a third model to join its product range.

MEXICO: IAC opens new manufacturing operation in Arteaga 28 May 2015

International Automotive Components (IAC) has inaugurated its new Arteaga, Mexico, manufacturing operation on 26 May.

US: Hitachi supplies li-on battery for Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 28 May 2015

Hitachi Automotive Systems is supplying Nissan Motor with the high-output lithium-ion battery pack used in the X-Trail Hybrid launched in May by Nissan.

Trust your instinct...COMMENT: Driver assistance systems rollout comes with human issues 27 May 2015

There is some very clever technology already being fitted to cars that can assist the driver, improve the driving experience and improve safety.

GERMANY: Daimler and Qualcomm to collaborate in connectivity 27 May 2015

Daimler and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a strategic collaboration focused on "pioneering innovation in the connected car".

MOROCCO: Ford expands in Morocco 27 May 2015

As part of its global growth plan, Ford Motor is expanding its operations in North Africa with a new regional sales office in Casablanca and a purchasing office in Tangier.

US: Marchionne merger overtures to GM's Barra rebuffed - report 26 May 2015

A report in the New York Times suggests that FCA chief Sergionne Marchionne approached General Motors' CEO Mary Barra to discuss combining the two corporations, but was rebuffed.

I feel the need for speed. Millbrook Proving GroundTHE WEEK THAT WAS: Driving for fun... 22 May 2015

I was at the SMMT's annual test day yesterday. At this agreeable event, vehicle manufacturers make cars available for journalists to drive at a proving ground, so it's an opportunity to get an update on latest product and meet up with people - either arranged or because you happen to bump into them.

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