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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


Polestar 1 will be available for subscription, but SOP is 2019Volvo shows Polestar 1 hybrid coupe

17 October 2017

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has revealed its future as a standalone electrified performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.


Nissan Murano at the St Petersburg plantNissan to increase production in Russia

17 October 2017

Nissan says it has added a second production shift at its manufacturing plant in St Petersburg in another sign that the Russian auto industry is firmly in recovery.


Mazda begins CX-5 production at Hofu Plant

17 October 2017

Mazda Motor Corporation started production of the new Mazda CX-5 crossover at its Hofu Plant Number-2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture to enable the company to meet the growing global demand for crossovers flexibly and rapidly.


The transition between automated and human driving is an area of concern that Conti has addressed with its smart control elementContinental develops control element for automated driving

17 October 2017

Continental says it has developed a new control tool to aid the transfer of control between driver and vehicle. Located in the centre console of the vehicle, it continuously informs vehicle occupants of the current driving mode using its kinematic function. The device can be operated in a similar way to a joystick and provides variable haptic feedback to the operator.


Denso joins Xperi to accelerate its ADAS product development

17 October 2017

Denso Corporation and Xperi Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based technology company, have announced Denso will start joint technology development of cabin sensing with FotoNation, an Xperi group company specialising in image recognition technologies


Hella breaks ground for new electronics plant in Lithuania

17 October 2017

Hella has laid the foundation for a new electronics plant in Lithuania.


Cummins to acquire Brammo

17 October 2017

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications.


Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen

17 October 2017

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station.


Changes ahead for Ellesmere Port ,'home of the Astra' Vauxhall plant to drop a shift and shed 400 jobs

16 October 2017

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant is to cut some 400 jobs as it looks to improve its competitive position amid changes to demand in the European car market.


Power to the divisions: Daimler takes the first steps to an evolutionDaimler takes steps to reshape company

16 October 2017

Daimler's board of management has decided on some 'first steps to strengthen its divisional structure'. This includes the creation of separate entities for its Mercedes-Benz Cars and Daimler Trucks divisions.




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