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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

Trump threatens 20% tariff on European cars

22 June 2018

US President Donald Trump has threatened to slap 20% tariffs on cars imported from the EU as trade tensions with the EU threaten to escalate into a 'tit-for-tat' trade war.

Expansion in China with localised manufacturing is a key element in JLR's global strategyChery Jaguar Land Rover expands its Changshu plant

22 June 2018

Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive (CJLR) is about to put its Changshu Plant Phase II into operation. Phase II will add 70,000 units to annual capacity. The Jaguar E-Pace will be the first product of Phase II.

VW eyes solid-state battery tech by 2025

22 June 2018

Volkswagen is increasing its stake in the California technology company QuantumScape Corporation and forming a new joint venture to commercialise solid-state battery technology by 2025.

The solar array at American Honda's Torrance, California campusHonda installs huge system of solar arrays at US plant

22 June 2018

Honda in the US says it has flipped the switch on a new solar energy system at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, Calif., one of the largest solar arrays on a commercial building in Southern California.

ZF and Mobileye to launch 'innovative camera technology' for major OEM

22 June 2018

ZF has announced it will team with Mobileye, an Intel company, to launch the S-Cam4 family of advanced cameras in 2018.

PSA to add fourth shift at Rennes plant

22 June 2018

Groupe PSA's Rennes plant is preparing add a fourth shift to ramp up production of the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV, which will be brought to market at the end of 2018, while continuing to support the successful sales performance of the Peugeot 5008 SUV, which has exceeded 90,000 unit sales since it was launched in 2017.

One of his first foreign trips in his new capacity as Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen AG took  Herbert Diess to Israel and a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuVW Group CEO makes Israel trip

22 June 2018

New Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has made a visit to Israel that is seen as politically significant - given the company's history - as well as commercially beneficial due to the increasing presence of Israeli companies in advanced automotive technologies.

IAC Group appoints new chief executive officer

22 June 2018

International Automotive Components Group (IAC) has announced Manfred Gingl has been named chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately. President Natale "Nat" Rea, who served as interim CEO, will continue to serve as president.

Aston Martin opens new test and development centre in Silverstone

22 June 2018

Aston Martin Lagonda has announced two important additions to its UK site operations.

Toyota Camry is to return to West European showrooms with hybrid powertrainToyota Camry to return to W. Europe with hybrid variant

21 June 2018

Toyota is to sell its Camry model in the West European car market in 2019 after a 14-year absence. The new model will be a hybrid with a new 2.5-litre hybrid-electric system. It will also be constructed on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

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