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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.


Global Market Roundup

Global Market Roundup

Every quarter, just-auto's managing editor Dave Leggett reviews car sales in the major markets worldwide, with vehicle sales numbers by market and accompanying analysis.

Articles by Dave Leggett


Ford's Territory SUV BEV is now on the road in China and Ford says electrification will benefit all of Ford's regional businesses Ford Q2 results battered by pandemic

31 July 2020

Ford managed to post a profit in the quarter ended 30 June, but that result was heavily skewed by Volkswagen's $3.5bn investment in its self-driving Argo AI business unit.


Scania’s production worldwide now 'fossil-free'

31 July 2020

Scania has announced that all its 10 major production facilities worldwide are now powered by fossil-free electricity, the target set for 2020.


UK car output has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and is forecast to be down by a third this yearUK car production down 48.2% in June

30 July 2020

UK car output declined 48.2% in June with 56,594 units produced, rounding off the weakest first six month period since 1954 as the industry was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hyundai Motor plans EV ramp-up strategy

30 July 2020

Hyundai Motor plans to ramp-up electric vehicle (EV) production and introduce two new dedicated production lines.


UK retailer Pendragon to axe 1,800 jobs

30 July 2020

UK car retailer Pendragon is to cut around 1,800 jobs as it accelerates a review of its business model and reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic.


SEAT presents its strategy to suppliers in Spain

30 July 2020

VW Group owned SEAT has gathered 60 of its main suppliers in Spain and associations such as ANFAC (the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers), Sernauto (the Spanish Association of Automotive Suppliers) and ACICAE and CIAC (automotive clusters in the Basque Country and Catalonia, respectively) in a virtual meeting to present its strategy for the future.


BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

30 July 2020

BMW Group says it has set a goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery cells.


Aston Martin reports widening H1 loss of GBP159.3m

29 July 2020

Aston Martin has reported a widening operating loss of GBP159.3m for the first half of the year (compares with GBP38.9m loss in H1 2019) as it contended with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of launch costs for the DBX SUV.


Carlos Tavares hailed the company's resilience in the face of much reduced market demandPSA in good shape for merger with FCA

29 July 2020

PSA Group has posted a positive profit result for the first half of the year despite the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and much reduced revenue.


VW Poznan plant expansion nears completion

29 July 2020

The expansion of the Volkswagen plant in Poznan (Poland) has taken over two years and VW says preparations for full production of the new Caddy are nearly finished.




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