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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Corsa 31 Oct 2014

Could this be the car to wrest control of the UK's B-hatchback class away from the Fiesta? With Ford of Europe extending the current model's lifecycle out to eight years, Vauxhall might just get lucky.

SAO PAULO SHOW: World premieres 30 Oct 2014

The media preview days of the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show were 28 & 29 October. Here follows a list of vehicle and concept global debuts.

Honda's brilliant Type R short film 30 Oct 2014

This is really nicely done - an ingenious way of linking the five-door Civic to the forthcoming, 280+PS Type R.

GUANGZHOU DEBUTS: Infiniti QX50L (LWB & facelift) 30 Oct 2014

Various world premieres for the November 2014 Guangzhou motor show have been announced. Ongoing updates are being made to the list ahead of the media preview days.

CHINA: Lifecycle & body extension for Infiniti QX50 30 Oct 2014

An Infiniti spokesman has told that the aged QX50 crossover will not be replaced "in the near future". This follows the recent introduction of a made-in-China version of the now seven-year old model.

BELGIUM: Europe-wide mandate for ESP on cars & LCVs 30 Oct 2014

From 1 November, all cars and light commercial vehicles registered in European Union member states, with a GVW of fewer than 3.5 tonnes, must have ESP as standard equipment. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles on 1 November 2015.

LA DEBUTS: Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series 30 Oct 2014

Various world premieres for the 2014 LA international auto show have been announced, and others will follow. Ongoing updates are being made to the list ahead of the 18 & 19 November media preview days.

LA DEBUTS: BMW X5 M & X6 M 30 Oct 2014

BMW has now confirmed the world premieres of the X5 M and X6 M for November's LA international auto show.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Maserati Ghibli diesel 29 Oct 2014

How might Maserati attain its worldwide sales goal of 75,000 cars a year by 2018? By adding new models and offering more diesels. To judge by the torque, CO2 average, economy and surprisingly burbly exhaust note of the diesel Ghibli, the firm might just hit its target.

MEXICO: Fiat Strada becomes RAM 700 mini pick-up 23 Oct 2014

FCA has added a new model for the Mexican market's 2015 model year: the RAM 700. This small pick-up is a rebadged Fiat Strada Adventure and is imported from Brazil.

UK: Vauxhall undercuts Fiesta with new Corsa pricing 23 Oct 2014

The fourth generation Vauxhall Corsa will undercut the entry level Ford Fiesta, Britain's long-time best selling car, by GBP1,000 when it goes on sale at year-end.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R 21 Oct 2014

Audi, or Peugeot? No contest. But what if the question is instead TT or RCZ R? Trickier. It would be ironic if PSA's cost cutting means this beautiful coupe won't have a replacement as the RCZ is already a successful, high-priced Peugeot.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Bentley Continental GT V8 S 14 Oct 2014

The current Continental GT has been on the market since early 2011 but Bentley continues to expand and update the range. A great excuse for just-auto to try the latest V8 S coupe.

GENEVA DEBUTS: Škoda Superb 14 Oct 2014

It might not be taking place until 2015 - press preview days are 3 & 4 March - but the first car to be making its global debut at the next Geneva motor show has been announced.

250,000km off-road in a Benz G-Class 14 Oct 2014

A German couple have just handed over Otto, their trusty 300 GD, to the Mercedes-Benz museum. What makes Otto so special? Read this and find out.

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