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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

As was the case with the F31 3 Series Touring, new G21's rear window can be opened independently of the tailgateG20 and G21 BMW 3 Series diesels go mild hybrid

7 August 2020

Eighteen months in since production of the latest 3 Series commenced, BMW continues to tweak its best selling car via additional engines and updates for the operating system. With the addition of the G21 estate to the G20 and China's G28 extended wheelbase Li sedans, the range of body styles is also now complete.

DBX is the debut model for a flexible SUVs and cars architectureFuture models - Aston Martin Lagonda

6 August 2020

The first half of 2020 should have been a stand-out time for Aston Martin Lagonda, following the opening of a new factory and the arrival of the company's first SUV. Instead, sales took a dive in almost all markets, the share price collapsed and Andy Palmer was replaced as CEO. New boss Tobias Moers has much to do but at least in terms of future models, there is much in the works.

Turbo 2.5-litre engine is new for 2021 Mazda3Mazda future models

4 August 2020

Mazda celebrates its 100th birthday this year. While it won't be breaking any sales or profits records in 2020, the firm is nonetheless in fairly good shape. Just as importantly, there is no one market upon which the company is reliant. As for future models, Mazda is well placed and looks set to continue a step-by-step move into premium brand territory.

3,895 mm long rear-wheel drive e has an EV-specific platformHonda e - finally an electric car to lust after

3 August 2020

Retro-cute looks and snazzy interiors are not normally what we associate with Hondas sold in the European region. In that context the new e is revolutionary stuff.

Jiayue X4 is one of multiple just-launched JAC modelsNio and Volkswagen key to future for JAC

29 July 2020

A shake-out which began twelve months ago is seeing many brands disappear from China's monthly sales charts. For a while, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile also looked vulnerable. Instead, this medium-sized car maker has found a niche by contract manufacturing EVs and continuing a steady roll-out of of its own JAC-brand models.

Combined fuel consumption for the Kia Stinger GT S is 27.7mpg, while CO2 emissions are 233g/kmStinger GT S - is the 168 mph Kia still relevant?

28 July 2020

Soon to reach the mid-point of its life cycle, some would say the Kia Stinger has become something of a glorious anachronism. It's rear-wheel drive, decidedly non-digital, and in GT S form has a high-revving turbo V6 which can push it to an insane top speed.

The show opened on 24 July2020 Chengdu motor show - world premieres

27 July 2020

Motor shows might be on hiatus in most countries but in China, they are back. Below is a list of world premieres for this year's event in Chengdu.

charging sockets are behind this side-hinged emblemTesla who? Renault Zoe becomes Europe's best selling EV

23 July 2020

Last year, Renault gave the Zoe - then six years old - a minor exterior makeover. More importantly, the interior was completely revamped and a bigger battery plus more powerful motor became available. These changes have greatly improved what was already one of the most appealing EVs available in the European region. Now, as a result of lavish government incentive programmes, sales are surging.

RR5 series Wraith is almost seven but likely has another three years of production remainingBMW AG future models - Rolls-Royce

22 July 2020

Until COVID-19 hit, Rolls-Royce was starting to perform at a level which BMW AG had demanded of it. Thanks to the addition of the Cullinan, sales exceeded 5,000 vehicles in 2019 compared to the previous record of 4,107 in 2018. With the Chinese economy back in expansionary mode, 2020 might not even be that bad a year for the luxury car maker.

Production only started last year but a facelift is on the way for the electric MiniBMW AG future models - Mini

21 July 2020

Mini has so far been relatively unscathed by the fall out from the COVID-19 crisis. Europe remains the brand's number one region, and here, sales fell by 35% during the first half of 2020 to 70,624 but only 26% in June.

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