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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

Geely raises capital for electric London cabs 20 May 2016

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has raised US$400m to support the development of zero-emission capable vehicles by its UK subsidiary, the London Taxi Company (LTC), maker or the iconic London Black Cab.


A Tacoma comes off the San Antonio, Texas line in 2010. The state has been hit by a series of storms in recent weeksStorm causes Toyota to suspend output at Texas plant 19 May 2016

Toyota has temporarily halted production at its San Antonio pickup plant due to storm damage.


ZF TRW has announced that it will start production of its heated steering wheel technology (conductor insert heating system, or CIHS) with a major European vehicle manufacturer in 2017ZF TRW to produce heated steering wheels with EU automaker 19 May 2016

ZF TRW has announced that it will start production of its innovative heated steering wheel technology (conductor insert heating system, or CIHS) with a major European vehicle manufacturer in 2017.


Nissan spells out autonomous drive timeline 19 May 2016

Nissan says its refreshed Nissan Qashqai will be the first Nissan car in Europe – and the first UK-manufactured car – equipped with autonomous technology in 2017 with ProPilot. It has also reiterated the timeline for the rollout of more advanced autonomous driving technologies.


Vauxhall announces new recall of Zafira models on fire risk 19 May 2016

Vauxhall has announced that owners of Vauxhall Zafira B models will be invited to bring their vehicles back to Vauxhall dealerships "so that a preventative action can be carried out to protect the vehicles from the risk of fire"


Hella develops electric vacuum pump for brake systems 19 May 2016

Hella has developed an electrically driven vacuum pump for vehicle brake systems that it says "promises impressive performance, durability, power efficiency and packaging"


Suzuki's Baleno is among the models under investigationSuzuki admits fuel testing ‘discrepancies’ 18 May 2016

Suzuki has admitted it has found ‘discrepancies’ in its fuel and emissions testing but denies cheating.


Ford claims captured CO2 first 18 May 2016

Ford says it is the first automaker to develop foams and plastics using captured carbon dioxide for its vehicles.


Opel CEO refutes rigged emissions allegations 18 May 2016

Opel Group CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has reiterated the company’s strong rebuttal of claims in the German media that it has rigged emissions tests on some of its diesel engine models.


VW cuts car prices in Japan 18 May 2016

Volkswagen has reportedly announced price cuts in Japan that could take up to almost US$1,500 off the price of its Golf model as it looks to win back customers amid the ongoing adverse publicity from its emissions testing scandal.


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