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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

From the Editor

just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.

Articles by Dave Leggett


Geely doubles profit in 2016

22 March 2017

Geely has more than doubled its 2016 net profit to more than RMB5.17bn (US$740m), boosted by strong results in the Chinese domestic market. The company's SUVs continue to sell well in China.


Sogefi to build a new factory in Morocco

22 March 2017

Sogefi, the automotive components company of the CIR Group, has announced a plan to build a new factory in Morocco, the company’s first industrial site in Africa


Dieter Zetsche at the China Development Forum in BeijingChina can be 'turbo' of auto industry change - Daimler

21 March 2017

Speaking at a conference in China, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has said that China can be the 'turbo' of auto industry change and transformation. He also highlighted prospects for electric mobility in the world's biggest vehicle market.


Next week, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 to start the UK's two-year negotiations on EU exit terms - the UK committed to leave the EU in March 2019. The race will be on to secure a UK-EU trade deal, or transitional arrangement of some sort, by then - otherwise WTO trade terms will mean hefty tariffsBREXIT - UK-EU trade uncertainties cloud outlook

21 March 2017

The outlook for the UK's automotive sector after Brexit - the now omnipresent term for the UK's exit from the EU - remains somewhat uncertain.


Hyundai Motor share price surges on restructuring rumours

21 March 2017

Hyundai Motor's share price has rallied amid talk of restructuring by the parent group.


Car share start-ups struggling in China

21 March 2017

A report in the China Daily newspaper says that high cost, low fees and a limited user base are among the factors providing headwinds for mobility start-ups in China.


NVIDIA working with PACCAR on autonomous trucks

21 March 2017

Electronics specialist NVIDIA is working with freight truck maker PACCAR on developing solutions for autonomous commercial vehicles.


Denso develops plant-derived plastic materials for automotive products

21 March 2017

Denso Corporation announced that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Denso says it has been conducting research and development on plant-derived plastic materials, which are based on plant molecular structures, in order to reduce impacts on the environment.


Elektrobit adds software modules for automated driving systems

21 March 2017

Elektrobit has announced four new modules for its EB robinos product line designed to support automated driving.


The first generation Mini Countryman was contract produced by Magna at GrazMagna to build a car plant in Slovenia

20 March 2017

Magna has reportedly submitted a plan to build a new car plant in Slovenia capable of building up to 200,000 cars a year.




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