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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

A friendly fist bump between neighbours or trade friction ahead? Word for the day: UncertaintyWhat does 'Brexit' mean for the auto sector? 24 June 2016

In the end it was a narrow result, but the UK’s voters have voted to leave the European Union. What are the implications for the automotive sector?


SMMT stresses need for tariff-free trade deals 24 June 2016

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reacted to the result of the UK's national referendum to leave the EU by stressing the need for tariff-free trade deals with Europe and other global markets.


Rumbles of discontent at Volkswagen AGM 22 June 2016

At its annual shareholder meeting, Volkswagen has vowed to shore up its internal systems and processes in order to prevent a repeat of the diesel emissions crisis amid rumbles of discontent from some shareholders.


When did he know there was a problem?Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn under investigation 21 June 2016

Former Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn is under investigation in Germany for alleged market manipulation. Prosecutors in Germany have accused Winterkorn, and another former board member, of withholding information from investors about VW's emissions scandal.


Tavares is pushing on with 'Push to Pass' strategyPSA Rennes plant assigned new Citroën SUV 21 June 2016

PSA has announced that its Rennes plant in north-western France has been assigned the production of a new Citroën SUV/crossover that was previously set to be assigned to a plant outside Europe.


Toyota bets big on autonomous and AI tech 21 June 2016

Toyota is to spend US$1bn over the next five years on its US-based Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a high tech research lab that will focus on autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and robotics. Toyota’s move comes as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies.


FCA to investigate actor's Jeep death 21 June 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has said it is conducting a "thorough investigation" into the circumstances of the tragic death of ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin following an accident in his Jeep vehicle.


Honda Taiwan reaches 300K cumulative milestone 21 June 2016

Honda Taiwan has held a ceremony to celebrate its 300,000-unit cumulative automobile production at its plant in Pingtung City.


Big challenges remain, but VW Group CEO Matthias Müller has made a good start Volkswagen’s steady hand on the tiller - Comment 20 June 2016

While we still do not know the full cost of the diesel emissions scandal to Volkswagen Group (it’s still early days in terms of totting up the full damage), the company has at least set out its long-term strategy.


UK Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping that Britain will vote to stay in the EU this week.  Opinion polls suggest it could go either waySMMT pleads for EU Remain vote to safeguard UK auto industry 20 June 2016

The UK automotive industry has restated its view that staying in the European Union is best for its business and best for British jobs, just days ahead of the national referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU.


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