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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


just-auto's survey points to an industry that is positive and evolving, though subject to some uncertaintiesTrade worries emerge in just-auto annual confidence survey

20 January 2017

Although the global auto industry is taking a positive view of prospects for 2017, trade worries have emerged as a significant new concern in this year's annual just-auto annual confidence survey.


Toyota's European manufacturing strategy won't be changing anytime soonToyota reacts calmly to May’s Brexit plan

19 January 2017

Toyota has said it will continue to make cars in the UK despite the UK prime minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to leave the European Union’s single market, a move which could potentially increase trade costs between the UK and EU.


China market expected to slow in 2017

19 January 2017

After a 28m unit market and 14% growth in 2016, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has said it expects the vehicle market to slow to 5% growth in 2017.


It's still some way away, but the 'hydrogen-based economy' of the future will get more corporate promotion from the new body launched at the WEF Davos SummitCarmakers join 'hydrogen council' at Davos

18 January 2017

Carmakers Daimler, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Toyota are among corporate giants - comprising energy, engineering and automotive firms - backing a new global initiative to promote hydrogen technologies.


Renault Samsung aims for 270,000 units in 2017

18 January 2017

Park Dong-hoon, the CEO of Renault Samsung Motors, has said the company's goal for 2017 is to sell 270,000 units (around 5% up on 2016) on its continued sales momentum of the SM6 sedan, QM6 SUV and two new models set for launch this year.


Nissan starts vehicle assembly in Myanmar

18 January 2017

Nissan and its local partner Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. (TCMM) have begun assembling cars in Myanmar (also widely known by its former name, Burma), starting with the 'New Sunny' model.


The body shop at the Hyundai plant in Alabama. Kia's is in GeorgiaHyundai-Kia to boost US investment

17 January 2017

Amid criticism from president-elect Donald Trump of some vehicle manufacturers' North American manufacturing investment strategies, Hyundai-Kia is stressing that it plans high levels of investment in its US operations over the next five years.


Toyota joins research program to establish hydrogen-based society in UAE

17 January 2017

Toyota has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society.


Hyundai tops Chile car market for first time

17 January 2017

Hyundai Motor has announced that it has topped last year’s sales chart in Chile for the first time ever.


Is Donald going to tone down the rhetoric when in office? Not much sign of that yetTrump threatens German OEMs with 35% US import tariffs

16 January 2017

US president-elect Donald Trump has warned German OEMs that he will impose a 35% border tax on vehicles imported to the US.




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