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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 EditorFrom the Editor

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

Artist's impression of how the new facility will lookJaguar Land Rover expands engine plant capacity 24 November 2015

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said it will invest GBP450m to double the size of its UK engine manufacturing plant.

VW Group is having to look very carefully at where it can justify capex as potential costs associated with the diesel emissions crisis rise VW Group reins in capital spending 23 November 2015

VW Group is planning to rein in its capital spending next year as it makes allowance for additional costs related to its diesel emissions scandal.

Grupo Antolin to open two new production centres in NA 23 November 2015

Grupo Antolin will open two new production centres in North America in the coming months with the aim of further strengthening its industrial presence and responding appropriately to the needs of its customers.

Intensive quality assurance testing and pilot production will be conducted over the next six monthsKia races to first manufacturing plant in Mexico 20 November 2015

Kia Motors has announced the completion of construction on its first manufacturing plant in Latin America located in the municipality of Pesquería in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. The construction took just 13 months.

Bosch investigated for role in VW scandal 20 November 2015

US authorities are investigating Bosch over its role in VW’s diesel emissions scandal according to a Reuters report.

Volvo Cars to work with Microsoft on next gen auto tech 20 November 2015

Geely-owned Volvo Cars says it will work together with Microsoft to jointly develop “next generation automotive technologies".

UK car manufacturing turned down in October 19 November 2015

UK car manufacturing turned down in October. However, it is ahead in the first ten months and the SMMT data shows the cumulative total is 2.8% ahead of last year.

Mazda's CX-9 to feature new 2.5L turbo GDI engine 19 November 2015

Mazda says it has enhanced its SKYACTIV-G engine series with a range-topping SKYACTIV-G 2.5T. This 2.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine powers the new CX-9 midsize three-row crossover SUV that will go on sale starting from North America in spring 2016.

India's ACMA exhibits in Japan 18 November 2015

In a move highlighting efforts by Indian component makers to break into Japanese auto supply chains as low-cost producers, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the governing  body representing the Indian auto component industry is planning an exhibition in Japan.

BMW to invest US$418m in South Africa plant 17 November 2015

BMW plans to make an investment of ZAR6bn (US$418m) in its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria to manufacture X3.

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