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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


Professor Christoph Lütge'World first' claimed on ethical guidelines for automated driving

27 June 2017

What and how will tomorrow’s self-driving cars be allowed to decide for themselves? Tasked by the German government, an ethics commission has drawn up guidelines to regulate these questions. Prof. Christoph Lütge, business ethicist at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and member of the commission, explains in which situations technology should not differentiate between children and adults, and why no one should be forced to give up control of their car.


A Volvo XC90 Drive Me test vehicle. The Drive Me project was initiated in 2013 and several test vehicles have been on the road in and around Gothenburg since 2014. The public pilot is scheduled to start this year.Volvo Cars and Autoliv team up with NVIDIA on AD tech

27 June 2017

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have announced that they will work with NVIDIA, the AI and visual computing company, to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.


Volkswagen wants younger and leaner management

27 June 2017

The Volkswagen brand says it is continuing to boost productivity and on the path to a younger and leaner management tier as part of a move to a more performance orientated corporate culture.


Germany plans new emissions testing body

27 June 2017

The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW 'dieselgate' scandal, according to reports.


US light vehicle market cooling in June

26 June 2017

The US light vehicle market is continuing to slow this month, according to analysts at JD Power and LMC Automotive.


Japanese OEMs line up to support Takata

23 June 2017

As embattled Takata faces bankruptcy, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are among OEMs who will continue to support the company following a bankruptcy that could come as early as Monday (26 June).


Tesla eyeing Shanghai for new assembly plant - report

23 June 2017

Tesla is considering a location in the Shanghai area for a plant to serve the Chinese market, according to reports.


Jeremy Hicks: Buy a modern diesel with a clean conscience, but please dump the fashionable wood burnerAir quality debate needs to move on from diesel cars - JLR

22 June 2017

The debate on air quality in cities has become unhelpfully fixated on diesel cars that are a small part of the overall problem, according to Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK.


The European Commission  said that the decision concerning lighting systems is 'part of a series of major investigations into suspected cartels in the automotive parts sector'.EU fines for Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel - Valeo let off

22 June 2017

The EU's European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR26.7m for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was alsio in the cartel, but not fined because it revealed the cartel to the Commission.


Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing service

22 June 2017

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.




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