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 not be taking place until March, but the first cars to be making their global debuts at the next Geneva motor show have been announced.
Various world premieres for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) have been announced, and others will follow. Ongoing updates are being made to the list ahead of the 12 & 13 January media preview days.
It’s not often that a vehicle is killed off just days after just-auto drives it. The lack of a diesel engine did for the Hyundai Veloster in Britain but the car is, however, still very much alive elsewhere.
Part one of this two-part series concerned the major models the Detroit Three vehicle makers have up their sleeves for 2015. Now we take a look at the other big OEMs.
The NAIAS in mid-January will mark the official start to the next wave of vehicle launches in the US. So what are the major OEMs readying for the 2016 model year? First, we examine the Detroit Three.
You say DAY-see'a, I say DAH-chee'a, others say Datch-ya. The pronunciation hardly matters, and nor does the odd Duster model name when Renault's low-cost brand is doing so well, especially in the UK.
It might not be taking place until April 2015, but another global debut for the next NYIAS has been announced.
There have been rumours that a new coupe would revive the SC name but now comes news that TMC has registered the LC 500 and LC 500h model names.
The era of Suzuki's body-on-frame SUVs may be coming to an end, as Japanese production of the long-lived Escudo/Grand Vitara has now ceased. The Kizashi sedan is also no longer manufactured, a company spokesperson has confirmed to just-auto.
A company spokesperson has told just-auto that Ford will "neither confirm nor deny" whether a replacement for the Galaxy will be launched. Production of the current model will end on 18 December.
The media preview day of the 31st Thailand International Motor Expo was on 28 November 2014. Here follows a list of vehicle world premieres.
We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.
General Motors has registered a request with the US Patent and Trademark office for the model name 'Velite', leading to speculation that a modified Opel Cascada/Cabrio will be sold in North America.
Fresh from a mid-cycle update, the VW Scirocco is something of a survivor. While a few new entries such as the Veloster have appeared in its segment, most former rivals have now vanished as buyers continue to switch to crossovers and premium brand coupes.
Great Wall Motors' Haval division has begun selling the H9, the brand's largest model yet. Haval, once known as Hover, also makes China's best selling SUV, the H6.
- ANALYSIS: Hyundai axes Veloster, goes after Toyota
- ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 2
- Review of 2014 (1)
- ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bleak Christmas ahead for some
- JLR research removes blind spots
- Genk mayor organises "loudest shift" as Ford exits
- Bye, Chrysler, hello FCA US
- Punch Genk offer "missed opportunity": Mayor
- Volvo rethinks its way to market