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


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan and Škoda Kodiaq were the most important production models at the 2016 Paris motor show. As for design studies and prototypes, the BMW Concept X2, Generation EQ SUV from Daimler, Lexus UX, Renault Trezor and Volkswagen I.D. were the main show stoppers. Surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.


Driving the 570PS & 176mph Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

26 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been in production for more than six years now so to keep the Cayenne range competitive against newer, lighter SUVs, Porsche’s solution is to add power and torque. The latest Turbo S is the result.


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


LA show world debuts list - Volvo V90 Cross Country

15 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second world premiere for November's Los Angeles Auto Show has been confirmed. It will be the Volvo V90 Cross Country, which replaces the XC70. As Volvo did not have a stand at the Paris show, Los Angeles will be the new model's public debut. The new BMW 5 Series and a facelift for the VW Golf might also appear at the LA show.


Volkswagen Caravelle T6 - taking the fifty grand bus

14 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has dipped into its heritage with a new edition of the Caravelle. Two-tone paint and chrome-effect wheels are links to the split-screen Type 1 model of the 1960s. Yet at a recommended retail price of GBP53,610 (US$70,727), this is not quite the affordable converted van of yesteryear.


XC90 T8 - the sixty four thousand pound electric Volvo

9 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo’s transformation into a maker of sometimes high-priced luxury cars continues: it’s now possible to pay £64,000 (US$84,813) for the T8 version of the XC90. Is this PHEV worth that sort of money?


2016 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres

7 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2016, the 19th Chengdu motor show.


ANALYSIS - Subaru Levorg GT

31 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru invented the crossover when it released the first Forester back in 1997. That all-wheel drive wagon with raised suspension went on to become an enormous hit. The Levorg, the company's newest additional model, won't be a massive seller but what it does represent is a new niche for the brand, sized between where the Impreza and Legacy wagons used to sit.


New Avant pushes Audi A4 to segment leadership

22 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Remember when the BMW 3 Series seemed unassailable in the UK and the rest of the European region? The latest Audi A4, which is especially popular as a wagon, is now outselling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the 3er.


Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.


2016 JAKARTA SHOW: World premieres

12 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

There were global debuts from Daihatsu, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Toyota at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.


Volkswagen Beetle Dune - the rugged bug

10 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have raised suspension and wheelarches bedecked with chunks of grey plastic, but Volkswagen isn't calling its new Beetle Dune a crossover. Instead, it's meant to remind us of the ‘Baja Bugs’ associated with west coast America and off road racing. Can this new derivative give the now five year old third generation Beetle a sales boost?


Updated DS 3 key to brand’s growth - ANALYSIS

9 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The newly revised DS 3 is more convincing as a premium model than the original but as the brand’s volume product, it has a lot of pressure on it to perform.


FCA selling Magneti Marelli to Samsung - report

3 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

A newswire is claiming a source has told it that FCA is in negotiations with Samsung Electronics for the sale of part or all of Magneti Marelli.


First profit for SsangYong in nine years

1 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong Motor has generated a profit for the first half of CY2016, the first time the formerly bankrupt but now Mahindra-controlled automaker has been in black ink for nine years.



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