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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

Delphi recently made it clear that it has a war chest for strategic acquisitionsUK: Delphi ramps up acquisitions 30 July 2015

As the automotive supplier sector sees increasing restructuring, Delphi has announced it is positioning for growth with new acquisitions and investments in key automotive technology and product growth areas.

UK: Delphi Q2 results beat forecasts 30 July 2015

Delphi has posted strong second quarter results with net income up to US$667m on sales of US$3.86bn in the second quarter.

US: Negative pricing pressure in China continuing - Ford's Fields 29 July 2015

Ford CEO Mark Fields has told analysts that current trading conditions in China are creating negative pricing in the automotive sector, although long-term prospects for the world's biggest market remain very bright.

GMUS: GM plans new family of emerging markets models 28 July 2015

GM has announced that its Chevrolet brand is to be at the heart of a new investment plan to strengthen its emerging markets business with a family of new models.

UK: Ricardo opens Vehicle Emissions Research Centre 28 July 2015

Ricardo has opened a new "Vehicle Emissions Research Centre" (VERC) which it says will enable the development of next-generation of clean, low carbon vehicles.

GERMANY: VW to dispose of LeasePlan holding 27 July 2015

VW and Dutch company Fleet Investments are to dispose of their holding in LeasePlan, a leasing and fleet management company.

Q2 brought a good set of results for GM CEO Mary BarraUS: GM reports profit surge on NA truck strength 23 July 2015

General Motors has reported strong earnings growth for the second quarter and cited record margins in North America as a key driver.

Does increasing vehicle connectivity come with risks?US: Hackers gain remote control of Jeep in demonstration 22 July 2015

Hackers appear to have demonstrated the capability to gain control of a Jeep in use, from a base some ten miles away.

EuropeUK: Grexit 'not disastrous' for Europe's auto sector - analysts 22 July 2015

Analysts at LMC Automotive have concluded that if Greece exits the EU's common currency area - the eurozone - due to its debt crisis, the impact on Europe's auto industry would be limited, even in the worst case scenario of 'significant contagion'.

The weaker yen has made making Lexus cars in Japan for export to markets like China more attractiveCHINA: Lexus puts China plant on backburner - report 22 July 2015

Toyota has reportedly decided to ease off on its strategy to build sales in China with local manufacturing, according to a Reuters report.

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