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


Saving Skippy - why Volvo's AD prototypes are confused by roos

26 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump confuse the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia.


Volkswagen planning five I.D. electric cars - report

23 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.


ANALYSIS - SUVs mean Buick could pass Toyota in China

21 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.


ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.


GM China's future vehicles - Baojun and Wuling

16 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun and Wuling are two of the best selling brands in China, and each is controlled by the SAIC General Motors Wuling joint venture. This is the first part of a look into each of GM's passenger vehicles divisions and their worldwide models, both current and future.


ANALYSIS - the electrified future of BMW

13 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

By 2025, BMW believes that as many as one in four of the vehicles it produces will be electric in one form or another. That means hybrid, EV, PHEV or hydrogen fuel cell. This, the final feature in a series concerning BMW Group's models, looks at the BMW brand's existing and future electrified cars and SUVs.


ANALYSIS - current and future BMW SUVs

9 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW Group, which built 2.37m vehicles in 2016, has an internal target of expanding this to three million by 2020 and in so doing outpace Mercedes-Benz. Mini has a supporting role in the plan but the heavy lifting will have to be done by the BMW brand, and that should fall mainly on the shoulders of multiple as yet unseen SUVs.


ANALYSIS - Kodiaq and future Škoda SUVs

7 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda is making big money and ever more vehicles, while extra models - including more SUVs - are on the way. There is no doubting the steady rise in sales and ROI, but the question needs to be asked: does the new Kodiaq offer the value for money which has hitherto been one of the main reasons for the company's success?


ANALYSIS - BMW's Mini, Rolls-Royce and Zinoro future models

6 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the second BMW Group feature on the topic of current and future models. The first looked at BMW brand passenger cars. Now, it is the turn of Mini, Rolls-Royce and a joint venture Chinese brand, Zinoro. The third feature will concentrate on BMW SUVs and the fourth will examine the brand's electric models.


ANALYSIS - Kia Niro Hybrid and future derivatives

5 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

For its first attempt at a bespoke hybrid car, Kia came up with a crossover. Even if sales are nowhere near the level of the Prius, the Niro does seem to have found itself an ever expanding pool of keen buyers.


Supplier which stopped BMW plants to be bought by Bosch

2 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Albertini Cesare, the producer of steering gear components which recently caused a worldwide stoppage at BMW plants, is to be taken over by Robert Bosch.


ANALYSIS - current and future BMW cars

1 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to Audi's now resolved dispute with its Chinese dealer network, BMW Group recently became the biggest premium manufacturer in the world's largest market. Cash-rich yet needing to be cautious due to its relatively small size compared to Volkswagen and Daimler, BMW is pouring money into renewing both its global model range and trying to create sub-segments which it could dominate in the 2020s.


ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz hybrid & electric vehicles [updated]

30 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The final feature in just-auto's focus on Daimler's current and future passenger vehicles concerns Denza, Mercedes-EQ EVs, plus Mercedes-Benz hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.


ANALYSIS - Audi Q5 2.0 TDI and the future SQ5s

26 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Audi had an instant hit on its hands when it decided to take on the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 with the first Q5 in 2008. Which is why even with fresh engines and a thoroughly revamped platform, the new model looks not dissimilar to the previous one.


XE SV Project 8 to be the fastest Jaguar yet

26 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar has announced the XE SV Project 8. Powered by a 441kW (600PS) version of JLR's supercharged 5.0-litre V8, this will be the fastest road legal Jaguar yet.



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