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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

Mercedes issued this graphic illustration of the future plant in the Moscow RegionMercedes confirms Russia car plant

21 February 2017

Mercedes-Benz is to create a new plant to make cars in the Moscow Region of Russia from 2019.

Cars such as the Zafira that are imported to the UK market from eurozone plants are the source of GM Europe losses due to currency movementsPSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns - COMMENT

21 February 2017

We could see a framework deal for Peugeot's acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall operations by the end of this week. The two are clearly at an advanced stage in the discussions and are reportedly at the point of putting a value on the deal.

PSA's Carlos Tavares is seeking to ease immediate concerns over the planned acquisition of Opel/VauxhallPSA chief meets with Opel Works Council

21 February 2017

PSA executives, led by CEO Carlos Tavares, have met with labour union representatives and the Opel/Vauxhall European Works Council for discussions on the potential acquisition of GM's Opel/Vauxhall operations by PSA Group.

Proton may be making losses, but there is enough value and potential value to attract industrial partnersPSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 February 2017

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton.

Skoda starts production of new 1.0 TSI engine

21 February 2017

Skoda has started production of a new 1.0 TSI powertrain at its Mladá Boleslav engine plant.

Toyota/Shell to install hydrogen refuelling stations in California

21 February 2017

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in California.

Audi teams up with Zoomcar in India

21 February 2017

India carshare firm Zoomcar has announced a partnership with Audi.

Kiekert to open new JV door-closure systems facility in South Korea

21 February 2017

Kiekert AG, a specialist in automotive locking systems, is opening a new joint-venture facility to produce door-closure systems in South Korea with KwangJin Sanggong Company. 

Margot Robbie 'new face of Nissan electric cars'  [watch video]

21 February 2017

Actor Margot Robbie has been revealed as the 'new face of Nissan electric cars' and has staged a promotional 'race' video in an electric BladeGlider through the streets of Monaco.

Another Carlos, another car plant threatened, another reassurance offered...PSA's Tavares to meet UK PM on Vauxhall concerns

20 February 2017

PSA chief Carlos Tavares will meet with UK prime minister Theresa May to discuss the planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall operations as fears rise over the implications of a deal for the company's two British Vauxhall plants.

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