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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


Hackett and Diess: closer, but not too closeVW and Ford 'far apart' on investing in Ford's AV unit - report

14 February 2019

Strategic partners Ford and Volkswagen Group are reportedly in disagreement over how much VW should invest in Ford's self-driving vehicle unit, according to Reuters.


Targets hit for 2018, but more work to do: Jean-Dominique Senard and Thierry BolloréRenault profit tumbles in 2018

14 February 2019

Renault has published full-year results that show a substantial fall to operating margin and net income in 2018. The results come as uncertainty swirls over the company's alliance with Nissan as former CEO Carlos Ghosn remains in detention in Japan.


CATARC acquires advanced ADAS driving simulator

14 February 2019

The Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC) says it has significantly expanded its vehicle development capabilities by acquiring a new, third-generation driving simulator from AB Dynamics.


SEAT to test 5G connected car in Barcelona

14 February 2019

VW Group owned brand SEAT says it is getting ready to participate at the Mobile World Congress, the global benchmark event of mobile technology and connectivity, for the fifth year in a row.


Opel Corsa to have next-gen lighting technology

14 February 2019

Opel/Vauxhall says that the six generation model - due this year - will feature an innovative LED lighting system.


Brexit is now getting real for Ford of Europe's Steven ArmstrongFord issues new Brexit warning on UK manufacturing

13 February 2019

A report in The Times newspaper says that Ford has told UK prime minister Theresa May that it is stepping up preparations to move manufacturing activity out of Britain as the UK heads towards a 'no-deal' Brexit.


Is a change of defence strategy looming for Carlos Ghosn? Ghosn's lawyer quits in new twist - reports

13 February 2019

Reports in Japan say that ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's chief defence lawyer has resigned in a move that throws further uncertainty over the future of the ex-chairman of Nissan who is in detention in Tokyo and facing charges related to financial misconduct.


Nissan to build new car plant in Algeria

13 February 2019

Nissan and Algerian partner Groupe Hasnaoui will invest a total of US$160m in a new Nissan vehicle plant in Algeria to meet growing customer demand in the country and across Africa.


Jaguar Land Rover adds straight 6 to Ingenium engine family

13 February 2019

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is adding a new six-cylinder 3-litre Ingenium petrol engine to debut on the Range Rover Sport. The new engine is designed and engineered in-house, and manufactured at the company's Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK.


Nissan commences production of updated Qashqai in Russia

13 February 2019

Nissan says it has celebrated the start of production of the Nissan Qashqai at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, as it brings the latest version of its crossover to the Russian market.




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