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

PARIS DEBUTS: Kia diesel hybrid concept & Mercedes C 63 AMG 19 Sep 2014

The media preview days of the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile will be 2 & 3 October. The following list continues to be updated as manufacturers announce world premieres.

LA DEBUTS: Cadillac ATS-V 19 Sep 2014

Cadillac, Chrysler and Scion are the first brands to have announced world premieres for November's LA international auto show.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2014 Peugeot 2008 1.2 VTi 82 17 Sep 2014

PSA built the 100,000th Peugeot 2008 after just nine months of production at the Mulhouse plant in France. Now, a night shift has just been added (15 September) to keep up with demand. What's driving this success?

GUANGZHOU DEBUTS: Daqing-built Volvo XC60 16 Sep 2014

Geely, Dongfeng Citroën, Volvo and Wuling are the first OEMs to announce vehicle world premieres for November's Guangzhou motor show. This list will be added to as other debuts are announced.

ANALYSIS: Mercedes’ multi-model architecture future 11 Sep 2014

Today's media release from Daimler is official confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division will leverage multiple architectures for its future models. But what will those vehicles be, and where will they be built?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Panamera 4S 9 Sep 2014

The name is the same but Porsche's latest Panamera 4S loses its normally aspirated V8 and gains a biturbo V6 that's not only more powerful but 20% more fuel efficient.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air 5 Sep 2014

Keen on the Fiat Panda Cross but don't need rear doors? General Motors Europe hopes you might be tempted by its new Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air, the European A segment's first open-topped three-door crossover.

JAPAN/UK [updated 12:45BST]: Renault-Nissan's Andy Palmer named Aston Martin CEO 2 Sep 2014

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Aston Martin on Tuesday (2 September) announced, respectively, the resignation of Andy Palmer, who has "accepted a position with another company", and his appointment as chief executive officer.

CHENGDU SHOW: World premieres 2 Sep 2014

The media preview of CDMS 2014, the 17th Chengdu motor show, took place on 29 August. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën DS4 29 Aug 2014

Five years ago, the idea of Citroën selling more than a few thousand high priced cars each year would have been rightly ridiculed. How things have changed. And will keep changing, due to the many more DS models now under development.

SOUTH KOREA: Kia Sorento goes large for third generation 29 Aug 2014

The third generation Sorento, revealed earlier today (29 August) to the media in South Korea, is longer, lower and wider. The Hyundai Motor group brand wants to sell 270,000 units of this new SUV in 2015.

MOSCOW SHOW: World premieres 28 Aug 2014

The media preview days for the 2014 Moscow motor show were 27 & 28 August.

CHINA: Dongfeng Peugeot 408 enters production 28 Aug 2014

Responding to a question from, a spokesman for Peugeot has named Wuhan 2 as the location for build of the new 408, a sedan version of the 308.

PARIS DEBUTS: Vitara name revived for new Suzuki SUV 28 Aug 2014

After two concepts, Suzuki is now about to give the production version of a new B segment SUV its global debut at October's Mondial de l'Automobile.

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Aslan to claw Audi & BMW 27 Aug 2014

The front-wheel drive AG luxury sedan revealed in prototype form at the Busan motor show in May is to be named 'Aslan' in production form, Hyundai has announced.

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