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

Paris show world debuts list - Opel Ampera-e

25 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The world premiere of the Opel Ampera-e will be at the Paris motor show.

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.

Renault spending a further US$100m in Argentina

1 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Renault Argentina is to spend US$100m in preparing its Santa Isabel plant in Córdoba for the addition of an unnamed new model. This is in addition to the US$100m announced in March 2015 for the production of Renault Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan models at the plant.

Record sales for Maruti Suzuki plus future model news

1 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Official statistics for the overall market are not yet available but India's leader in the passenger car segment, Maruti Suzuki (MSIL), says its sales hit a record level in July. The Indian-Japanese OEM has also announced its long awaited entry to India's light commercial sector, and just-auto has future models news.

Q7 e-tron - Europe's first plug-in Audi SUV

29 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo has gone one way with its four-cylinder petrol-electric plug-in XC90, while Audi believes Europeans wanting a plug-in hybrid SUV will prefer V6 diesel power. How does the first plug-in Q model for this region measure up?

Kia Soul EV - sales rising as plug-ins take off

28 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Does the arrival of the Kia Niro mean the end for the plug-in Soul? Not at all, especially in Europe where the market for EVs fell just short of 99,000 units in the first half of this year.

New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

27 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, the Astra pulling past the VW Polo in June to become the UK’s sixth best selling model.

Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

22 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up by 177% in the first half of 2016.

Audi S8 plus - if 585PS just isn’t enough power

21 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Are there really people who think the 585PS 4.0-litre biturbo V8 S8 is too slow? It seems so, as Audi now sells a 605PS plus variant which also has a handy lift in torque to 750Nm.

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