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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

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

Articles by Dave Leggett

In crashes, thereTHE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety: the good, the bad and the ugly 28 November 2014

One thing that has always got everyone in the automotive business talking is safety. It's an interesting one. Cars have become much safer in recent decades, of course.


Paul WilliamsINTERVIEW: Paul Williams, CEO, SsangYong UK 28 November 2014

The head of the UK distribution arm of SsangYong tells Dave Leggett that he expects the Korean brand to double its UK sales in 2015, boosted by the impact of the upcoming small SUV, Tivoli.


JAPAN: Takata warns that it could run short of airbags 28 November 2014

Troubled airbag maker Takata has warned that it might not have enough replacement bags for an expanded national recall the US government has ordered.


VIETNAM: Ford displays "full lineup" at Vietnam Motor Show 28 November 2014

Ford say it has displayed its "full lineup of vehicles" at the Vietnam Motor Show in Ho Chi Minh City.


GERMANY: Honda demonstrates V2X technology 28 November 2014

Five Honda cars have recently returned from a pioneering tour to demonstrate and increase awareness of the benefits of Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) in improving road safety and reducing congestion across Europe.


GERMANY: Mercedes-AMG expects to sell over 40,000 this year 28 November 2014

Mercedes-AMG says it will achieve a new sales record of well over 40,000 units in 2014.


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(using road-to-vehicle communication)JAPAN: Toyota reveals next-gen integrated safety tech; rollout from 2015 27 November 2014

Toyota has revealed some of the smart new technologies and systems it will be featuring in future models from 2015 to make driving safer. It says that these have been designed from the start to work together to help cut the number of road accidents.


JAPAN: Toyota goes for global recall on Takata airbags 27 November 2014

Toyota has said it will recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata.


SINGAPORE: Continental invests US$22.84m to extend R&D centre 27 November 2014

Continental has inaugurated an extension building to its research and development centre in Singapore.


CHINA: Chinese tyre industry urges government to resist US anti-dumping duties 27 November 2014

The Chinese tyre industry has urged the Chinese government to take measures against the anti-dumping duties imposed on tyres imported from China after the US Department of Commerce claimed Chinese manufacturers benefited from government subsidies.


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