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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.


Global Market Roundup

Global Market Roundup

Every quarter, just-auto's managing editor Dave Leggett reviews car sales in the major markets worldwide, with vehicle sales numbers by market and accompanying analysis.

Articles by Dave Leggett


If approved by the local planning authority, the new JLR parts distribution facility will serve 80 markets around the worldJaguar Land Rover plans new global parts centre

20 August 2019

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to create a new parts distribution base in the English Midlands.


Not just for kidsFord to launch esports teams in Europe

20 August 2019

Ford says it is to launch its first ever esports teams to build on its real-world racing heritage and compete 'at the very highest level on the virtual racing stage'. The initiative also fits with Ford efforts to model future mobility scenarios.


Nexteer and Dongfeng JV begins steering systems production

20 August 2019

Nexteer Automotive has announced that the Dongfeng Nexteer Steering Systems (Wuhan) Co., Ltd., joint venture (JV) with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group Co., Ltd. (Dongfeng Components), has begun the mass production of Single Pinion Assist Electric Power Steering (SPEPS) systems.


Yandex to boost self-driving fleet and testing

20 August 2019

Russia's Google competitor Yandex is reportedly planning to increase its fleet of self-driving vehicles ten-fold to more than 1,000 cars.


Nvidia reports Q2 2019 revenue at US$2.58bn

20 August 2019

Nvidia has reported revenue for the second quarter ended 28 July 2019, of US$2.58bn compared with US$3.12bn a year earlier and US$2.22bn in the previous quarter.


Trade tensions between the US and China are continuing to dampen down investment and consumer spending in ChinaAction needed to boost China car sales - CAAM

19 August 2019

As worries grow over China's economic slowdown and adverse consequences for the automotive sector, China's automotive trade association has called for more action to boost market demand.


China woes force Mando to downsize

19 August 2019

Korean auto components maker Mando has reportedly decided to downsize its workforce on declining Chinese business.


Carl-Peter Forster proposed for Hella shareholder chair

19 August 2019

Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster (65), is to be proposed as chairman of Hella's shareholder committee.


The monthly sales trend for Europe's new car market will get bumpy over the next few months as the comparison with last year is heavily distorted by WLTP effectsWest European car market flat in July

9 August 2019

New car sales in Western Europe grew by just 0.1% year-on-year (YoY) in July according to data released by LMC Automotive. The annualised selling rate (SAAR) climbed to 14.3m units a year in July, from 14.2m units a year in June.


Uber posts record quarterly loss

9 August 2019

Ride-hail firm Uber has posted a larger than expected second quarter loss of USD5.5bn. The scale of the loss in the three month period to the end of June follows the company's IPO in May and sent its share price sliding. In the same quarter last year, Uber's loss was USD0.7bn.




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