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Glenn Brooks


Glenn BrooksBiography

Former money market trader and life-long car enthusiast Glenn Brooks shifted careers and continents in the early 1990s, moving to London from his native Australia. After quickly learning that in Europe, Golf-sized cars with diesel engines are not small curiosities but hugely successful family cars, a spell as a vehicle reviewer for regional consumer automotive press followed. Further road-test writing followed but this time for a US audience, with a year-long move to California. Thence came a return to the UK and editorship of a Formula 1 magazine plus editorial work which took him deep inside several Europe-based OEMs.

After going freelance and soon after creating just-auto.com's PLDB future vehicle database, Glenn left the world of motorsport and consumer press behind, preferring to write for an industry-facing audience. Now based in the west of England, he contributes to various industry media. Specialities include global future vehicle programmes for cars and LCVs, manufacturing-related features, powertrain technology including EVs, PHEVs and fuel cells, and aspects of the Chinese automotive industry.

Columns by Glenn Brooks


Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Analyst Glenn Brooks looks at OEM new product developments in the context of company strategies and market trends

Articles by Glenn Brooks


Production starts in October; the public debut will be at the Frankfurt IAA in SeptemberNew G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q5

26 June 2017

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger than the rival Audi Q5.


Europe's i30 is built in Czechia at NošoviceAre three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 June 2017

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.


Volvo Cars is developing a system to detect kangaroos and automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminentSaving Skippy - why Volvo's AD prototypes are confused by roos

26 June 2017

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump befuddle the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia.


Media preview days are 12 & 13 SeptemberFrankfurt IAA world debuts list - BMW X3 official details

26 June 2017

BMW has announced official details of the new X3, having shown the new SUV to the media at an event at its US plant on 26 June. The public debut will take place at the IAA.


The 4.1m long I.D. is expected to have an NEDC range of up to 500km (311 miles) and to be capable of being recharged in 15 minutesVolkswagen planning five I.D. electric cars - report

23 June 2017

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.


Will US buyers take to the 2018 Regal TourX, Buick's first wagon in many years?ANALYSIS - SUVs mean Buick could pass Toyota in China

21 June 2017

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.


M4 sits at the top of the range of facelifted 4 Series ConvertiblesANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.


The Hong Guang S3 is Wuling's first SUVGM China's future vehicles - Baojun and Wuling

16 June 2017

Baojun and Wuling are two of the best selling brands in China, and each is controlled by the SAIC General Motors Wuling joint venture. This is the first part of a look into each of GM's passenger vehicles divisions and their worldwide models, both current and future.


Renegade is manufactured in Italy, China and Brazil with Indian build due to be added in 2018ANALYSIS - Renegade 2.0-litre diesel and future small Jeeps

15 June 2017

It might be three years old now but still the smallest Jeep just keeps on gathering strength. The boxy-chunky-cute styling give the Renegade global appeal, as the growing list of production locations worldwide attests.


BMW continues to test autonomous drive tech in a range of models, including the 7 SeriesANALYSIS - the electrified future of BMW

13 June 2017

By 2025, BMW believes that as many as one in four of the vehicles it produces will be electric in one form or another. That means hybrid, EV, PHEV or hydrogen fuel cell. This, the final feature in a series concerning BMW Group's models, looks at the BMW brand's existing and future electrified cars and SUVs.




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