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 for AutoChina 2014 was Sunday 20 April.
The media preview days for the 2014 New York International Auto Show were 16 & 17 April.
The new head of PSA Peugeot Citroën says the group's model range will be slashed to just 26 vehicles, across three brands, by 2020. Which vehicles might Carlos Tavares be sharpening his axe for?
It was a record March and first quarter for Audi, globally and in Britain. To stay ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, more crossovers, including high performance RS variants, will be added above and below one that's unique in its segment, the RS Q3.
Mitsubishi Motors UK's MD is making a bold claim for a brand which retailed 2,700 passenger vehicles in Q1: he wants to sell 3,000-10,000 units a year of the new Outlander PHEV.
Six months on from its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show, the Hyundai is making waves in Europe and India’s A segment hatchback markets.
BIMOS, the Busan International Motor Show, will have its press preview day on 29 May. The debuts list will be continuously updated as OEMs announce concepts and production vehicles.
Measuring 33,000Nm/degree, this is the most torsionally rigid car yet from Jaguar, and the 550PS 5.0-litre V8 is unique to the hatchback body style. Glenn Brooks reports on these and other high tech features of the new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé.
Speaking at the final Fiat S.p.A. shareholders' meeting on 31 March, CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed information about the future models to be made at a new Brazilian production plant.
Yoo Il Lee, a former senior executive with Hyundai Motor, came out of retirement three years ago to run SsangYong Motor, having been appointed by a bankruptcy court. The now profitable firm has ambitious plans, Glenn Brooks hears.
The long-rumoured BMW X7, a full-size SUV, has been announced by BMW. As expected, it will be built in the US at an expanded Spartanburg plant.
China's Shanghai GM Wuling, and BYD, have caused a surprise with world premieres at Algeria's national motor show. Renault and PSA should be taking note of a battle to come for control of this strategic regional market.
During last week's F-TYPE Coupé launch, its designer mentioned in passing the slightly forward lean of its grille. Which made me think of the way BMWs once were. It seems someone else has been having similar thoughts.
The forthcoming SEAT León X-Perience is set to make its motor show debut at the Paris Mondiale de l'Automobile in October. As other brands announce their own premieres, these too will be added to just-auto's preview list.
Not for the first time, Honda Motor Europe's Swindon plant west of London is soon to suffer a production cut. The reason is not, as the company maintains, slow overall economic expansion across European markets, but something else.
- ANALYSIS: The models to be axed by PSA's Tavares
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Carlos sharpens the knife
- Management briefing: UK engine manufacturing (1)
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: The bubble car returns
- PRODUCT EYE: Audi RS Q3
- 2014 NYIAS: List of world premieres
- 2014 BEIJING SHOW: World premieres
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- Magna announces Nissan liftgate first
- Jaguar Land Rover: Providing remarkable growth throughout the economic downturn
- PLDB - vehicle cycle plan database (annual subscription)
- Ford Motor Company - Strategy and SWOT Report
- Plunkett's Automobile Industry Almanac 2014: Automobile Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies
- Global light vehicle materials market 2008 to 2028