Brooks On OEM Product Trends
By: Glenn Brooks
Analyst Glenn Brooks looks at OEM new product developments in the context of company strategies and market trends
The media preview day of the 12th edition of Auto Guangzhou was 20 November 2014. Here follows a list of vehicle and concept world premieres.
Volkswagen's method of constantly refining its main models pays dividends in terms of buyer loyalty. The facelifted Polo is a great example. It is now the UK's seventh best seller and has even overtaken the Audi A3 range.
Mullen Technologies, the firm which bought the assets of the bankrupt Miles EV, has announced plans to reintroduce the Coda electric sedan. Its new name will be Mullen 700e.
Ford has continued its idea of assembling a Mustang high up inside a skyscraper. First it was done in New York, now in Dubai. But look closely at who was putting the car together.
GM's Europe-based brands are plotting what could be a major reversal of fortunes. It's all about new cars, extra models and an ever-closer alliance with Buick.
It won't be fully revealed until January's NAIAS, but the covers have been partially removed from a 2016 Chevrolet Volt at an event in Los Angeles.
Various world premieres for the 2014 LA international auto show took place during the 18 & 19 November media preview days.
With the Chery Tiggo 3 and Great Wall's Haval H2 both selling up a storm in China's B-SUV vehicle class, the Dongfeng Yueda Kia JV is keen to get in on the action. Thus the debut of the Kia KX3 prototype at the Guangzhou motor show.
Audi has revealed an experimental hydrogen fuel cell version of the A7 Sportback at the LA auto show. But there's a twist: it's also a plug-in hybrid.
It might not be taking place until 2015 - press preview days are 3 & 4 March - but the first cars to be making their global debuts at the next Geneva motor show have been announced.
Several vehicles which will be world premieres at the 31st Thailand International Motor Expo have been announced. The event's press preview day is 28 November.
With Europe's big motor shows of 2014 now gone, it's now time for California (LA, first press day today, November 18) and southern China (Guangzhou) to take the spotlight for new model world premieres. As ever with PLDB, information on these vehicles continues to be added and updated, writes Glenn Brooks.
Tesla Motors tends not to issue factual, dry media releases. Take this one, its most recent, concerning some upgrades made at its Fremont factory.
A sales surge by the Japanese brand, combined with a lack of interest in Jaguar by buyers outside the UK has seen Lexus overtake the British car maker in Europe.
After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the next step in its plan to become a sports-premium brand.
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