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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

AudiTHE WEEK THAT WAS: The premium electric SUV segment comes into view 21 August 2015

Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to see different OEM strategies emerging.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production at TuscaloosaUS: Samvardhana Motherson Group to build plant in Tuscaloosa 21 August 2015

Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) plans to build a new US$150m automotive supplier plant in Tuscaloosa County to supply the local Mercedes-Benz plant at Vance.

CHINA: Rumours swirl on new electric car company 21 August 2015

Martin Leach, a consultant who once led Ford's European operations, is reportedly recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer that will be based in California and the US.

CHINA: Volkswagen denies looming overcapacity 21 August 2015

Volkswagen has denied a report in Wirtschaftswoche that capacity utilisation at the company's 20 Chinese car and components plants is falling.

FRANCE: PSA DS brand creates motor sport division 21 August 2015

PSA's DS brand has announced the creation of a motor sport division, DS Performance. It says DS Performance is contributing its technological expertise in Formula E research and development to the DS Virgin Racing team.

VauxhallUK: Car output down 11% in July 20 August 2015

UK Car output declined by 11.2% in July according to data issued by the SMMT. The SMMT said the decline followed the best half-year since 2008, as changes to holiday patterns meant the traditional annual shutdown started earlier at some plants.

Toyota is looking for competitive gains while it has the tailwind of a cheap yenJAPAN: Toyota to seek price cuts from suppliers 20 August 2015

Reports in Japan say that, following a one-year pause, Toyota is to ask suppliers to cut prices as it seeks to improve its competitive position.

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Mobis to supply parts to PSA 20 August 2015

Hyundai Mobis says it has signed its first-ever contract to supply parts to PSA Peugeot Citroen.

INDIA: Tata fund invests $100m in Uber 20 August 2015

Tata's equity investment fund (Tata Opportunities Fund - TOF) has made a US$100m investment in Uber, a move that will help to extend Uber's reach in India, where it currently has 150,000 drivers in 18 cities.

CHINA: Volvo Cars acquires control of its China JVs 20 August 2015

Volvo Cars has taken control of its three joint venture operations in China for SEK2.2bn in order, it says, to "more accurately reflect its growing presence in the world's largest car market".

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