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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


Automated guided vehicles are already being deployed in many automotive industry facilitiesStudy forecasts halving of auto assembly workforce by 2030

19 October 2018

A study by a consulting unit of PwC forecasts that the size of the workforce on auto industry assembly lines and in body and paint shops will be halved because of automation and the new types of vehicles being assembled.


UK lawmakers call for fossil fuel vehicles sales ban in 2032

19 October 2018

A select committee of UK MPs has urged the UK government to bring forward its ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by eight years to 2032.


Nuvve Corp enters partnership with EDF to boost e-mobility plan

19 October 2018

Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based green energy technology company, and EDF Group have announced a strategic partnership that they say will leverage Nuvve’s expertise in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies in support of EDF Group’s Electric Mobility Plan on "smart charging".


VinFast selects Siemens for PLM software

19 October 2018

Emergent Vietnamese carmaker VinFast has selected a suite of tools from Siemens PLM Software to help realise plans for next-generation automotive and transportation design.


Automotive Grade Linux now supports telematics and ICs

19 October 2018

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, has announced the latest release of the AGL platform, Unified Code Base (UCB) 6.0, which features device profiles for telematics and instrument clusters.


Ford and Mahindra sign agreements on powertrain and connected cars

18 October 2018

The Mahindra Group and Ford have signed two new agreements that build on their strategic alliance in India.


VW eyes revamped and transformed sales model by 2020

18 October 2018

The Volkswagen brand says it is to fundamentally restructure its sales model with a new programme to be launched in Europe in April 2020.


VW sees opportunities for future advanced vehicle lighting tech - including personalisation and enhancing safety via V2V  communication Interactive vehicle lighting systems to boost safety - VW

18 October 2018

Volkswagen says that future lighting systems will project 3D holograms containing information onto the road and help to boost safety.


This is the fifth time that Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg has produced a model for another Group brand. A SEAT model, the Arosa, rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg from the end of 1996 until 1998. Wolfsburg produced the Audi 50 from 1974 to 1978, the Audi 80 from 1994 to 1998 and the Audi 100 from 1993 to 1997. The Audi 50 was largely identical to the VW Polo, which was assembled in Wolfsburg from 1975. Current Polo is now produced at the Pamplona plantSEAT Tarraco production starts in Wolfsburg

18 October 2018

For the first time in two decades, Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant is producing a model of another VW Group brand: the SEAT Tarraco. The Spanish brand's SUV is based on the VW Group MQB production platform.


Can a deal be struck for an orderly UK departure from the EU? The European auto industry is concerned that time is running out and is stressing the importance of frictionless international trade for lean pan-European supply chainsACEA/CLEPA urge negotiators to avert worst-case Brexit

17 October 2018

Ahead of this evening’s EU Brexit summit, Europe’s auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which they say would threaten their very business model.




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