Brooks On OEM Product Trends

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



LA DEBUTS: BMW X5 M & BMW X6 M 24 Oct 2014

Various world premieres for the 2014 LA international auto show have been announced, and others will follow. Ongoing updates are being made to the list ahead of the 18 & 19 November media preview days.


MEXICO: Fiat Strada becomes RAM 700 mini pick-up 23 Oct 2014

FCA has added a new model for the Mexican market's 2015 model year: the RAM 700. This small pick-up is a rebadged Fiat Strada Adventure and is imported from Brazil.


UK: Vauxhall undercuts Fiesta with new Corsa pricing 23 Oct 2014

The fourth generation Vauxhall Corsa will undercut the entry level Ford Fiesta, Britain's long-time best selling car, by GBP1,000 when it goes on sale at year-end.


SAO PAULO DEBUTS: Nissan SUV concept - new image 22 Oct 2014

The press preview day of the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show is 28 October. Nissan and VW are the first manufacturers to have announced world premieres.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R 21 Oct 2014

Audi, or Peugeot? No contest. But what if the question is instead TT or RCZ R? Trickier. It would be ironic if PSA's cost cutting means this beautiful coupe won't have a replacement as the RCZ is already a successful, high-priced Peugeot.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Bentley Continental GT V8 S 14 Oct 2014

The current Continental GT has been on the market since early 2011 but Bentley continues to expand and update the range. A great excuse for just-auto to try the latest V8 S coupe.


GENEVA DEBUTS: Škoda Superb 14 Oct 2014

It might not be taking place until 2015 - press preview days are 3 & 4 March - but the first car to be making its global debut at the next Geneva motor show has been announced.


250,000km off-road in a Benz G-Class 14 Oct 2014

A German couple have just handed over Otto, their trusty 300 GD, to the Mercedes-Benz museum. What makes Otto so special? Read this and find out.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 2) 13 Oct 2014

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 1) 13 Oct 2014

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 2) 10 Oct 2014

In the second and final part of an interview with Maxim Picat, the head of Peugeot explains why the brand cannot launch a low-cost model, and details plans for new energy cars.


INTERVIEW: Peugeot CEO Maxim Picat (Part 1) 10 Oct 2014

Can Peugeot become a near-premium brand, in time? CEO Maxim Picat believes it can. Here, he discusses progress on future vehicles and powertrains, and challenges the suggestion that rivals for Dacia and Renault's Logan and Sandero are needed.


SPAIN: SEAT global sales up 10% in 2014 9 Oct 2014

SEAT says it ended the third quarter with an aggregate sales increase of 10.5%, and 294,000 vehicles delivered, 27,900 more than in the same period of 2013 (266,100).


IRAQ: Iran Khodro to double daily vehicle output 9 Oct 2014

Iran Khodro has announced its intention to double daily vehicle output at its Iskandariya assembly plant in central Iraq.


DETROIT DEBUTS: Audi Q7 8 Oct 2014

Audi is the third OEM to announce a vehicle world premiere for the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Media preview days are 12 & 13 January.


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