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: 2015MY Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian 29 Jul 2014

It might be about to enter its ninth year of production but the L200 pick-up remains competitive and has aided Mitsubishi Motors Europe's 23% year-on-year H1 sales rise.

PARIS DEBUTS: Porsche Cayenne PHEV 24 Jul 2014

SEAT, Volkswagen, Opel-Vauxhall, Fiat and now Porsche have announced motor show debuts for the 2014 Paris Mondiale de l'Automobile. As other brands name their own world premieres, these too will be added to just-auto's preview list.

PLDB: Future Models - what's new this month 23 Jul 2014

July has been a busy month for news updates on many future EV, hybrid, PHEV and fuel cell vehicle programmes, with some especially interesting facts on the next Prius.


The sales target might be modest but there's no denying the ability of BMW's newest model, the Macan and Evoque-challenging X4.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi R8 16 Jul 2014

It's now more than seven years since the Audi R8 went on sale, but the car's development by quattro GmbH is continuing right to the end of production.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: D-Max lifts Isuzu sales by 85% 10 Jul 2014

Despite having a one-model range, Isuzu sales have been rising strongly in 2014, and outpacing the market. In June alone, volumes were up by 85%.

SPAIN: SEAT global sales reach six-year high 10 Jul 2014

Thanks in part to the ongoing sales surge in the Spanish passenger vehicle market, the Volkswagen Group's SEAT division has just reported its best first six calendar months since 2008.

UK: Technical details of JLR Ingenium engines 9 Jul 2014

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed further details of the Ingenium four-cylinder engines which it will begin manufacturing in early 2015.

PARIS PREVIEW: [updated] Opel/Vauxhall Corsa images 9 Jul 2014

Opel and Vauxhall have released the first official images of the fifth generation Corsa, ahead of the car's global debut at October's Paris motor show.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën C4 Cactus 8 Jul 2014

With innovations galore, including air-filled bumpers, low CO2 thanks to a base weight of under a tonne, and production ramping up at a once-doomed Spanish plant, the Citroën C4 Cactus is very much the new, profit-driven face of PSA.

INTERVIEW: Anne Ruthmann, Citroën C4 Cactus project manager 8 Jul 2014

Citroën C4 Cactus Chef de Projet Anne Ruthmann answers questions on key suppliers, lightweight technology, sales prospects and other topics.

GERMANY: Record H1 global sales for Porsche 8 Jul 2014

Porsche sold more cars in the first six months of 2014 than for any previous H1, the Volkswagen-controlled firm has announced.

AUSTRALIA: Axe may fall on smart - M-B executive 8 Jul 2014

The head of Corporate Communications for Mercedes-Benz Asia Pacific has reportedly stated that the smart brand may soon be discontinued in the Australian market. Low sales, despite price cutting, is cited as the reason.

CHINA: FAW Volkswagen to build another two plants 7 Jul 2014

Timed to coincide with a visit to China by German chancellor Angela Merkel, Volkswagen has announced that it and partner FAW Group will erect a further two car plants.

IRAN: IKCO production surges 178% in quarter 7 Jul 2014

IKCO says its vehicle production rose by almost 180% between 21 March and 21 June 2014, the first quarter of the Iranian calendar year.

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