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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 annual event takes place on the Monterey Peninsula in California2019 Monterey Week world debuts list

19 August 2019

Monterey Automotive Week, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, took place between 13 and 18 August inclusive. The following cars and concepts were world premieres.


The Chengdu show opens its doors in early September2019 Chengdu motor show - world premieres list

16 August 2019

By no means a major Chinese motor show, nonetheless the annual event in Chengdu is usually the venue for quite a few world premieres. This year's CDMS is no exception and just-auto's list of expected and confirmed world debuts will be updated over the coming weeks as press preview day draws closer.


M40i sits above four-cylinder versions of Z4G29 BMW Z4 M40i - does it beat the Boxster?

15 August 2019

Daimler says it won't replace the Mercedes SLC, Audi plans to axe the TT and Nissan keeps trying to fathom how it can make a business case for a new 370Z. These are troubled times for sports cars. Or are they? BMW has orders coming out of its ears for the new Z4, and the car's global roll-out isn't even complete.


10 & 11 September are the media preview daysFrankfurt IAA world debuts - Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio

14 August 2019

After showing a prototype at the Geneva Salon in March, Volkswagen has disclosed the news that it will reveal the T-Roc Cabriolet at the Frankfurt IAA.


Scala is 4,362mm long and replaces smaller Rapid/Rapid Spaceback, costs from £16,595Scala propels Skoda into C segment mainstream

14 August 2019

The European market's C segment has been good to SEAT and Audi, while in the class betwixt this one and the traditional D-sized models, Škoda slays all comers with the Octavia. Now, Volkswagen's high achieving Czech division has a new 4.4m long hatchback. Might the affordable Scala even do damage to Golf sales?


Mini Electric production is due to start at the Cowley plant in NovemberBMW AG future models - Mini and Rolls-Royce

13 August 2019

Having expanded the Mini range earlier this decade, BMW says its aim is now to fully focus on profitability. Deliveries dipped by 3.9 per cent in the first half of 2019 to 174,344 units. Considering the steep fall of the Chinese market that's a good result. As for Rolls-Royce, a record 2018 may even be beaten in 2019, the total for H1 being 2,534 cars, a year-on-year surge of +42.3 per cent.


Vision M Next shows BMW is still thinking about electrified supercarsBMW AG future models - BMW i

12 August 2019

The penultimate feature in the BMW AG future models series takes a look at BMW i. At the moment, only the I01 i3, I12 i8 Coupe and I15 i8 Roadster exist but that will soon change, as more fully electric and plug-in hybrid models are added. At least one hydrogen fuel cell model is said to be in the planning stages too.


Production of the F92 M8 Coupe and F91 Cabrio has just started at DingolfingBMW AG future models - BMW M cars and SUVs

8 August 2019

BMW doesn't have nearly as broad a range of M models as Mercedes-AMG. What it lacks in line-up, Motorsport division makes up via powertrain choices, with super-torquey diesels offered in relevant countries in addition to the high-power petrol alternatives. Why Daimler hasn't aped this strategy - as Audi has with its S and RS TDI cars and SUVs - is a mystery.


G06 series X6: production starts in OctoberBMW Group future models - BMW SUVs

7 August 2019

It would be fair to summise that BMW AG makes the majority of its profts from sales of SUVs. Former gaps in the numbers line-up have been filled by the X2 and X4 and the range extended at the top end by the X7. The company has also become especially good at bringing down life cycles, as the imminent arrival of the G06 X6 shows, just five years after the launch of the outgoing F16 second generation model.


Mondeo Hybrid has been around since 2013 but the estate is new this yearWhy Ford shouldn't kill the Fusion and Mondeo

6 August 2019

Is there a future for the Mondeo? At the moment, Ford of Europe isn't saying either way as speculation suggests there are plans to replace this model, the S-Max and Galaxy with a new global crossover. Considering the age of the design, sales are holding up well, with 20,800 delivered during the first half of 2019.




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