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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


Uncertainties remain over trade arrangements that will apply between the UK and EU when the UK formally leaves the EU - planned for 2019UK auto sector challenged if post-EU transition goes to WTO - SMMT

1 December 2016

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes has told just-auto that the possibility of WTO rules applying to UK trade with the EU following the UK's planned exit from the bloc would present a considerable competitive challenge for many UK manufacturers.


Ford's second-generation autonomous vehicle platform uses a Fusion Hybrid sedan as donor vehicleFord to step up AV testing in Europe in 2017

1 December 2016

Ford has announced that the European testing of its autonomous cars will start on public roads in 2017.


Ford's Fields has robustly defended his company's North American investment strategyFord's Fields trusts Trump administration to follow 'right policies'

30 November 2016

As speculation swirls over the incoming US president-elect's administration's policies on international trade, Ford CEO Mark Fields has told just-auto that he expects the 'right policies' to be pursued in areas such as tariffs.


GKN Driveline maintains that its eAxle is a low-cost and efficient solution for OEMs looking to add greater electrifcationGKN expands electric AWD program with BMW

29 November 2016

UK Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline says it has continued its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.


UK engine manufacturing rises 8.9% in October

28 November 2016

Engine manufacturing in the UK is continuing to show growth according to data released by the SMMT.


Polar bears rejoice. No hydrocarbons burned (well, at the point of use anyway)Electric cars to drool over - the week

25 November 2016

Quite naturally, fully electric cars are seen as a green choice. If we put aside the thorny question of how the electricity has actually been generated for the zero emission vehicle, it's a rather marvellous thing: A car being propelled by a propulsion system that isn't reliant on burning fossil fuels at the point of use.


Will he still be smiling when he finds out what a Trump administration will really do about NAFTA?Trump trade stance a 'big issue', FCA chief warns

25 November 2016

US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign remarks on international trade, especially NAFTA, have prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne to express concern over the potentially adverse impact for his company's North American operations.


Kelley predicts November rise for US vehicle sales

25 November 2016

In contrast with the view of JD Power/LMC, the analysts at Kelly Blue Book  (KBB) are forecasting that the US light vehicle market will show growth in November.


Toyota prioritises EV battery advances

25 November 2016

Toyota is aiming to develop a more advanced EV lithium-ion battery "in a few years" that will have around a 15% range improvement in current technology, according to reports.


Peter MertensVolvo Cars R&D chief moves to Audi

25 November 2016

Audi has appointed Volvo Cars' head of research and development as its new head of technical development.




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