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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


Opel worker hours trimmed

15 December 2017

As part of a drive to reduce costs and make PSA's Opel-Vauxhall unit more competitive, workers at Opel will have their hours pegged at 35 hours per week. Opel/Vauxhall has agreed a number of measures with labour union IG Metall that it hopes will reduce cost.


Renault takes a swim upstream in the value chain applying to in-cabin servicesRenault takes stake in publisher to ready driverless content

14 December 2017

Groupe Renault is to take a stake in a French publisher of magazines in a move that it says will help it to develop 'editorial services' for the passengers of autonomous cars in the future.


The agreement could pave the way for even greater cooperation between the two companies as Toyota looks to step up in electrificationToyota and Panasonic mull batteries collaboration

13 December 2017

Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive battery business.


BAIC eyes 2025 phase-out for gasoline cars - report

13 December 2017

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) is reportedly planning the phase-out of conventional fuel-powered cars sold under its own brand by 2025 as part of an ambitious new energy cars campaign.


Keihin gears up for electric power control systems

13 December 2017

Japanese supplier Keihin - a Honda affiliated company that specialises in fuel supply systems and engine parts - is planning a big product shift towards electric power control systems.


Barra anticipates change in the auto industry as mobility models evolve, but traditional owner-drivers won't disappear anytime soon GM hedges mobility bets, but 'owner-driver' model stays

12 December 2017

Although GM is taking steps to reap the benefits of greater electrification and use of driverless vehicle technologies in the future, company CEO Mary Barra also stresses that the traditional 'owner-driver' model will be around for a 'very long time'.


Denso claims world's largest HUD fitted to Lexus LS

12 December 2017

Denso says it has developed a thin-film transistor (TFT), liquid-crystal head-up display (HUD) that is the world’s largest automotive head-up display with a near 24-inch projection. The product is available to the market now and will be featured on the 2018 Lexus LS.


SEAT building new automated logistics centre at Martorell site

12 December 2017

VW Group-owned SEAT is building a new and automated logistics centre, providing storage for parts and components and equipped with smart technology to make its operation completely automated.


Hyundai labour union plans more strikes

11 December 2017

Hyundai Motor’s labour union is planning to stage more strikes over five consecutive days this week starting today (Monday, December 11), according to the Korea Herald.


BYD invests in Morocco

11 December 2017

BYD is investing in Morocco and has announced an MoU for the supply of a 'range of renewable energy solutions to the country leading by the company’s innovative straddle monorail system, the SkyRail; and to explore the possibility of localised production'.




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