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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


Carlos Ghosn remains in post as Renault CEO and chairman, despite the storm he is weathering in Japan where he remains in detentionRenault board says Ghosn Renault pay 'in compliance'

13 December 2018

Renault's Board of Directors has met under the Chairmanship of Philippe Lagayette, Lead Independent Director, and heard the preliminary conclusions of a review of under-fire Carlos Ghosn's Renault compensation in the period 2015-2018 (the period of alleged financial misconduct at Nissan). The review concluded that his compensation was 'in compliance with applicable law'. 


VinFast's European help for automotive ambitions

13 December 2018

As VinFast sets a course to become the first indigenous Vietnamese automaker, it's also happy to partner with European companies and buy in expertise from companies such as BMW and Bosch, local reports say.


Volkswagen appoints Audi chairman to its board

13 December 2018

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Group has appointed Bram Schot a member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG effective 1 January 2019. The move helps to fill the vacuum created by the departure of ex-Audi chief Rupert Stadler from VW Group (after he was detained last summer by German authorities as part of ongoing dieselgate investigations).


Eberspaecher develops new acoustic valves for cars

13 December 2018

Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology says it has developed a new generation of electrically operated acoustic valves for passenger cars.


The young Chung is laying down some markers for faster change at HMGHyundai Motor Group shuffles management

12 December 2018

Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai-Kia) has reorganised its senior management tier in a move seen as helping to bring about a smooth transition of power and modernisation at the family run giant.


JAC Volkswagen breaks ground on new R&D centre in China

12 December 2018

JAC Volkswagen Automotive has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Energy Passenger Vehicle Project R&D Centre located in Hefei, Anhui Province.


Great Wall to start operations in Russia mid-2019

12 December 2018

In the first half of 2019, Great Wall Motor says it will start vehicle manufacturing operations in Russia's Tula region.


Under pressure taxi sector in London 'could disappear'

12 December 2018

The taxi and private hire (PH) industry in London is ‘enduring systemic adverse impacts’ and existential threats, according to one of the country’s major electronic platforms (utilised by taxi operators and customers).


Yes, it will be reasonably quickPininfarina 'Battista' EV will have 1,900bhp power

12 December 2018

Automobili Pininfarina is claiming that its 1,900bhp electric hypercar  - named after Pininfarina founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina - will be launched as Italy’s most powerful and fastest car ever.


Nissan inaugurates global digital hub in India

12 December 2018

Nissan says it has opened a 'global digital hub' in India.




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