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

Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.

Driving the 168mph Lexus GS F

14 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Do we think of Lexus as a performance brand? Not usually. The LF-A was a few years ago now and the RC F is rarely seen on British roads. The newest F is the GS and while it will sell in only the tiniest of volumes, BMW and Mercedes-AMG buyers shouldn't dismiss it.

LA show world debuts list - Honda CR-V & VW Atlas

13 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Honda CR-V has been confirmed as a world premiere for November's Los Angeles Auto Show. The Volkswagen Atlas, which will be revealed at a media event in Santa Monica on 27 October, should also have its public debut at the LA show.

GTE - the GBP40,000 plug-in Volkswagen Passat

13 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Forty grand for a Passat. That sounds a lot doesn't it? In fairness, you don't have to pay that much for the plug-in hybrid GTE, with prices starting at close to GBP36,000 before the government grant. The top of the line Advance trim level, though, costs just over GBP40,000, making this the priciest Passat yet.

Acura future model plans - a global analysis

13 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The cars part of Honda’s premium brand business continues to be a drag on the success of Acura. Without SUVs in North America and China, the upscale division would be in serious trouble. Clearly, more such models are needed.

BMW 3 Series PHEV & future electric models

7 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Those who doubt the appeal of plug-in hybrids should try the BMW 330e. Instant and abundant torque, a silent surge of electric or petrol turbo power plus low emissions and excellent fuel economy make this the best all-rounder in the 3 Series range.

Renault goes after Golf GTI with new Mégane GT

3 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The new Mégane range is the biggest factor in Renault's continued sales rises across European markets. According to ACEA data, the brand is now ahead of Ford, making it the region's number two make behind Volkswagen, and proving the wisdom of investments in new products rather than letting top sellers grow old.

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.

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.

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