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
Toyota will give the Prius its worldwide public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA.
Volvo Cars has finally seen its plans for a return to strong growth in the US realised. An 18% YoY rise in August to 5,870 registrations compares to a 10% drop in China to 5,574. A strong order bank for the new XC90 is one of the main reasons for the return to form in what had for decades been the brand's best global market.
SsangYong's unfolding strategy as a crossover and SUV specialist brand in the style of Jeep, Land Rover and Haval has been confirmed to just-auto.com by a company insider. The source has also revealed that a small SUV will be added to the range in 2017.
It might be more than a decade old but the Discovery is still one of the best four by fours that money can buy - constant development, including the latest Euro 6 compliant diesel engine, has ensured that.
There were global debuts from Daihatsu, Honda, Suzuki and Toyota at the press preview day of the Gaikindo Indonesia International Motor Show 2015 (GIIAS).
In releasing the new S60 Cross Country, Volvo thinks there might just be a niche for an extended ground clearance D segment sedan. And, the company is hedging its bets, by also launching the V60 Cross Country estate.
Underlining Honda's increasingly smart move towards investing where populations and incomes are rising in Asia, the company has just revealed a prototype of a new model, the BR-V.
Hyundai Motor Company is the second OEM to have announced a world debut for November's Los Angeles auto show.
The 64th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and associated events took place from 13-16 August as part of Monterey Car Week. The following is a list of concept and new model world premieres.
The Sorento must surely be one of Kia Motors’ most profitable vehicles, especially in Europe. British market prices now stretch beyond the GBP40,000 mark, which arguably makes the latest model a premium brand vehicle.
The first of multiple vehicles to be given a world premiere at next February's Auto Expo, India's biennial motor show, has been named.
Lamborghini is the second brand to have announced a world premiere for the 2016 Geneva motor show.
Is it far fetched to suggest that Honda might eventually withdraw from the European market? That would be the worst possible scenario but where is the vision to prevent such a humiliation for this company, a global giant which keeps failing in EU markets?
A concept version of the BMW M4 is making its global debut at this week's Monterey Car Week in California. The prototype's engine features water injection, which is claimed to both boost power and lower fuel consumption.
It's a big seller in the USA, but here in Europe, the latest Subaru Outback is a fairly rare sight. That's a shame, as it makes a terrific family car and its rev-happy Boxer diesel engine is a brilliant piece of engineering for enthusiast owners.
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