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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


Skoda and VW Group may yet work with Tata Motors, but a deep collaboration seems unlikely nowSkoda and Tata end 'strategic partnership' talks

10 August 2017

Skoda has said that it has ended talks with Tata Motors on a planned strategic alliance because the two failed to identify sufficient technical and economic synergies.


“Delivering 100 test cars very quickly will demonstrate how this hybrid system can be adapted to meet customer needs,” says Amnon Shashua, soon-to-be senior vice president of Intel and future CEO/CTO of MobileyeIntel plans fleet of 100 L4 autonomous test cars

10 August 2017

Following the acquisition of Mobileye, Intel is now poised to accelerate its autonomous driving 'car-to-cloud' business.


Sarah-Jayne WilliamsFord appoints 'smart mobility director' for Europe

10 August 2017

Ford has announced that Sarah-Jayne Williams will join the company in September as its first director for Smart Mobility in Europe.


Aluminium use in vehicles set to rise sharply

10 August 2017

The use of aluminium in vehicles produced in North America is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, according to research by US-based research firm Ducker Worldwide.


Turkish vehicle exports surge in July

10 August 2017

The Turkish automotive industry provided around one fifth of all exports for the Turkish economy in July, figures issued by the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB) show.


Geely's Lynk shoots for half a million a year

9 August 2017

Lynk & Co, Geely's China-based premium brand has set a half-million unit annual global sales target by 2020 according to an interview with The South China Post.


JLR worldwide sales up 3.6% in July

9 August 2017

Retail sales for Jaguar Land Rover totalled 46,074 vehicles in July, up 3.6% on July 2016 with higher sales of the Jaguar XF, continuing solid sales of F-Pace, Discovery Sport and Range Rover as well as the sales ramp up of the new Discovery, now on sale in North America and China, and the introduction of the new Range Rover Velar.


A Leaf EV battery pack is assembled at Nissan's plant in SunderlandNissan to sell electric battery business to GSR Capital

8 August 2017

Nissan has announced it plans to sell its electric battery operations and production facilities to GSR Capital.


Bosch breaks ground on China plant for regenerative braking systems

8 August 2017

Bosch is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China in a move that points to suppliers gearing up for growth in electrification in China's light vehicle market.


Western Europe's car market is heading for a highly respectable 14.3m units this yearWest European car market up 1.7% in July

7 August 2017

Western Europe's car market grew at a modest looking 1.7% in July, although the result was dragged down by the decline of the UK's car market (-9.3%).




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