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



2014 BEIJING SHOW: BMW, Honda, Kia, Lincoln, Mini, Škoda & Toyota world premieres 20 Apr 2014

The media preview day for AutoChina 2014 was Sunday 20 April.


2014 NEW YORK SHOW: World premieres 18 Apr 2014

The media preview days for the 2014 New York International Auto Show were 16 & 17 April.


ANALYSIS: The models likely to be axed by PSA's Tavares 16 Apr 2014

The new head of PSA Peugeot Citroën says the group's model range will be slashed to just 26 vehicles, across three brands, by 2020. Which vehicles might Carlos Tavares be sharpening his axe for?


PRODUCT EYE: Audi RS Q3 11 Apr 2014

It was a record March and first quarter for Audi, globally and in Britain. To stay ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, more crossovers, including high performance RS variants, will be added above and below one that's unique in its segment, the RS Q3.


PRODUCT EYE: Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid 9 Apr 2014

Mitsubishi Motors UK's MD is making a bold claim for a brand which retailed 2,700 passenger vehicles in Q1: he wants to sell 3,000-10,000 units a year of the new Outlander PHEV.


PRODUCT EYE: i10 crucial to Hyundai's EU ambitions 4 Apr 2014

Six months on from its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show, the Hyundai is making waves in Europe and India’s A segment hatchback markets.


BUSAN DEBUTS: Hyundai (Genesis) AG sedan concept 3 Apr 2014

BIMOS, the Busan International Motor Show, will have its press preview day on 29 May. The debuts list will be continuously updated as OEMs announce concepts and production vehicles.


PRODUCT EYE: Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé - the tech story 2 Apr 2014

Measuring 33,000Nm/degree, this is the most torsionally rigid car yet from Jaguar, and the 550PS 5.0-litre V8 is unique to the hatchback body style. Glenn Brooks reports on these and other high tech features of the new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé.


BRAZIL: Marchionne names platform for Goiana plant 1 Apr 2014

Speaking at the final Fiat S.p.A. shareholders' meeting on 31 March, CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed information about the future models to be made at a new Brazilian production plant.


INTERVIEW: Yoo Il Lee, SsangYong president & CEO 31 Mar 2014

Yoo Il Lee, a former senior executive with Hyundai Motor, came out of retirement three years ago to run SsangYong Motor, having been appointed by a bankruptcy court. The now profitable firm has ambitious plans, Glenn Brooks hears.


US: BMW to launch X7 Range Rover rival 28 Mar 2014

The long-rumoured BMW X7, a full-size SUV, has been announced by BMW. As expected, it will be built in the US at an expanded Spartanburg plant.


COMMENT: Chinese OEMs make their move on North Africa 28 Mar 2014

China's Shanghai GM Wuling, and BYD, have caused a surprise with world premieres at Algeria's national motor show. Renault and PSA should be taking note of a battle to come for control of this strategic regional market.


The return of the shark-nose BMW grille 26 Mar 2014

During last week's F-TYPE Coupé launch, its designer mentioned in passing the slightly forward lean of its grille. Which made me think of the way BMWs once were. It seems someone else has been having similar thoughts.


PARIS DEBUTS: SEAT León X-Perience 26 Mar 2014

The forthcoming SEAT León X-Perience is set to make its motor show debut at the Paris Mondiale de l'Automobile in October. As other brands announce their own premieres, these too will be added to just-auto's preview list.


COMMENT: What's really behind Honda's European woes 26 Mar 2014

Not for the first time, Honda Motor Europe's Swindon plant west of London is soon to suffer a production cut. The reason is not, as the company maintains, slow overall economic expansion across European markets, but something else.


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