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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
Jaguar Land Rover has revealed further details of the Ingenium four-cylinder engines which it will begin manufacturing in early 2015.
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.
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.
Citroën C4 Cactus Chef de Projet Anne Ruthmann answers questions on key suppliers, lightweight technology, sales prospects and other topics.
Porsche sold more cars in the first six months of 2014 than for any previous H1, the Volkswagen-controlled firm has announced.
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.
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.
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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