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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


Saudi sovereign fund involved in Tesla buyout deal - report

13 August 2018

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (called the 'Public Investment Fund' - PIF) is reportedly working to be part of any investor pool that emerges to take Tesla private.


Ford will be hoping that the new Ford Focus will help lift sales in China later this yearFord sales in China down 32% in July

13 August 2018

Ford brand sales in China from its joint ventures and imports to the world's biggest car market were 32% down on last year's pace during the month of July. Much of the decline was in car sales from its Changan joint venture.


Hyundai mulls fuel cell truck - report

13 August 2018

Hyundai Motor is reviewing production of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and hoping to achieve economies of scale in hydrogen powered mobility, according to a senior executive's remarks in an interview with the Korea Herald.


Hyundai reveals next-gen Separated Sound Zone technology

13 August 2018

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed for the first time, its next-generation Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) technology that allows each passenger of a vehicle to experience an audio stream tailored to their individual needs, including music, hands-free phone calls, and vehicle alerts, whilst maintaining a headphone-free social space where passengers can converse freely.


Can he pull off an audacious deal that would take Tesla - like SpaceX - private?Tesla board to meet on Musk's 'go private' plan

10 August 2018

Tesla's board of directors is taking Elon Musk's offer to take the company private seriously and plans to meet with financial advisors next week to explore his proposal, reports say.


The first facelifted model was produced today (10 August, 2018)Production of revised Skoda Fabia starts

10 August 2018

Skoda says it has given its Fabia model a 'comprehensive facelift' and the first of the revised series has rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav.


Veloster NHyundai unveils 'N' brand principles at Nürburgring

10 August 2018

Hyundai Motor Company’s Thomas Schemera and Albert Biermann have unveiled the ‘N’ brand philosophy and vision at the Nürburgring in Germany, highlighting the company’s goal to create 'high performance vehicles that adhere to high standards of excellence, while giving drivers vehicles that are as fun-to-drive as they are practical'.


Horiba Automotive Test Systems to acquire FuelCon AG

10 August 2018

Horiba Europe GmbH has announced that it has agreed terms for the acquisition of FuelCon AG.


Hella to restructure aftermarket arm, outlines future business plans

10 August 2018

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella is restructuring its aftermarket business.


Skoda's Kvasiny facility is set for output growth  Skoda invests at Kvasiny ahead of Superb PHEV

9 August 2018

VW-Group owned Skoda is modernising its Kvasiny production site and adding a new 'competence centre'. The car manufacturer now combines a testing and quality centre, a logistics training centre, an event hall and storage areas for pre-series vehicles at the multifunctional facility.




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