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Glenn Brooks


Glenn BrooksBiography

Former money market trader and life-long car enthusiast Glenn Brooks shifted careers and continents in the early 1990s, moving to London from his native Australia. After quickly learning that in Europe, Golf-sized cars with diesel engines are not small curiosities but hugely successful family cars, a spell as a vehicle reviewer for regional consumer automotive press followed. Further road-test writing followed but this time for a US audience, with a year-long move to California. Thence came a return to the UK and editorship of a Formula 1 magazine plus editorial work which took him deep inside several Europe-based OEMs.

After going freelance and soon after creating just-auto.com's PLDB future vehicle database, Glenn left the world of motorsport and consumer press behind, preferring to write for an industry-facing audience. Now based in the west of England, he contributes to various industry media. Specialities include global future vehicle programmes for cars and LCVs, manufacturing-related features, powertrain technology including EVs, PHEVs and fuel cells, and aspects of the Chinese automotive industry.

Columns by Glenn Brooks


Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Analyst Glenn Brooks looks at OEM new product developments in the context of company strategies and market trends

Articles by Glenn Brooks


The previous CR-V for Europe was built in England but the new one is made in JapanWill new 2HX CR-V give Honda Europe the boost it needs?

13 December 2018

What Honda claims is 'the world's best selling SUV' is newly available in European countries, some two years since the 2HX series model went on sale in the USA. Major changes over the former 2WS include the option of a seven-seat layout, the deletion of the diesel engine and the choice of turbocharged petrol powertrains, one of which is a hybrid.


Press days are 14 & 15 January, following a Sunday preview eveningDetroit auto show world debuts list - 2020 VW Passat

13 December 2018

Volkswagen of America is the latest car maker to announce a vehicle debut ahead of next year's North American International Auto Show. The Chattanooga-built 2020 Passat is merely the current model with new body panels rather than - as had been expected - the twin of China's recently released, XL-sized and genuinely new Passat.


No, not a T-Roc, a TayronANALYSIS - New Product Development (NPD) bulletin

11 December 2018

just-auto's New & Future Vehicles Editor, Glenn Brooks, provides a summary update on our latest intelligence surrounding OEM strategies and future new product, extracted from just-auto's product lifecycle database (PLDB)


Perodua is about to reveal this new crossover, project D38LDaihatsu and Perodua future vehicles

11 December 2018

The latest in a series of articles which looks into the future model plans of TMC's divisions follows a recent look at what's coming for the Toyota and Lexus brands. Now it's the turn of Daihatsu under the spotlight as well as Perodua, a firm in which it holds a minority stake and which bases its vehicles on Daihatsu designs.


Ceed loses 20mm of overhang and the long front look of the Cee'd, rear gains the same amount with the boot becoming more voluminousWill Kia succeed with multi-model Ceed plans?

10 December 2018

Kia Motors Europe is just weeks away from an annual sales record by crossing the half-million mark. In Britain, KME's best market, the brand will get close to six figures, the year-to-date total being 91,954 cars, some 6,000 ahead of Hyundai. The increasingly sought-after third generation Ceed is the new growth driver, building on the strong performance of the Sportage.


LF-1 Limitless concept: look closely and see a future 5m long crossoverLexus LQ - the Audi Q8 rival and other future models

5 December 2018

Once little known outside North America, Lexus has steadily increased its rate of success in other regions. There is much more to do though, as sales in the USA and Japan are stuck behind Mercedes-Benz, while in Europe even Jaguar now outsells the brand - quite significantly too. The picture is far brighter in China, where Lexus sits at the top of the charts for imported models, and where local production will finally commence in 2019.


Media previews take place on 5 & 6 MarchJaguar Land Rover to miss 2019 Geneva motor show

4 December 2018

While quite a few brands have already announced world premieres for production models and concepts, JLR will be absent from the 2019 Geneva motor show. Tata Motors, which sells very few vehicles in the region, will have a stand though. Confirmed global debuts are listed below.


Might the Tj (Toolbox joy) Cruiser be headed for production?Toyota future models and platforms

4 December 2018

The Toyota brand has vast reach worldwide, particularly in Japan, where it controls half the market. Over the first ten months, production reached 8.8m vehicles, a gain of just one per cent. As ever though, the parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has a game plan for growth, the key element of which is a new wave of replacement models and fresh entries to expanding segments.


Media days were 28th and 29th, with the show opening to the public on 30 November2018 Los Angeles auto show world debuts list

29 November 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show are named below.


More than five years old and still one of the best looking 4x4s (by far)ANALYSIS - Range Rover Sport SDV8

29 November 2018

Porsche has pulled the 4.0-litre engine out of the Cayenne, while Audi, BMW and Mercedes offer a maximum of six-cylinders in their new Q8, X5 and GLE SUVs respectively. Land Rover therefore suddenly finds itself in the fortuitous position of having no direct rivals for its latest Range Rover SDV8.




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