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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

Platform 3.0 is based on the old shape Lexus LSToyota suspends Lexus robo-limo testing

21 March 2018

Toyota has moved to suspend testing of its 'Chauffeur' automated taxi prototypes following the collision between a Volvo XC90 operated by Uber which killed a woman in Arizona.

Keeping the momentum going: a facelift for the two-year old Boyue will be revealed at next month's Beijing motor showGeely more than doubles annual profit

21 March 2018

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced a 108 per cent surge in net profit for the year to the end of December 2017 with revenue surging by 73 per cent.

Media preview days are 28 & 29 MarchNEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Cadillac turbo V8 world debut

21 March 2018

Cadillac has announced a 4.2-litre biturbo V8 as a new engine for the CT6. World premieres of facelifts for the Ford Fusion and two-door versions of the Mercedes C-Class will also take place at the New York auto show.

Like other UK market versions of the D-Max, the Blade is powered by Isuzu's RZ4E 1,898cc dieselIsuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles

20 March 2018

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. Meanwhile, Isuzu continues to quietly update the D-Max, adding refinements and new variants, keeping this stalwart of the one-tonne segment competitive.

GV80 concept: Genesis' first SUV isn't far offANALYSIS - Genesis future models

19 March 2018

Hyundai's Genesis division, while clearly a success, has been having a challenging time of things thus far in 2018. In its number one market, year-to-date sales stand at 2,976 cars, while this time last year, US deliveries were 3,400. For 2017, the first full year, sales numbered 20,594 vehicles. As well as extra models which are coming soon, stand-alone dealerships are another major development for 2018.

Kona/Encino gives Hyundai another B-SUV to supplement the ix25/CretaANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 2

16 March 2018

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future pick-up. This follows the recent in-depth analysis of HMC's cars.

No, it's not a four-door Ferrari: Hyundai's Le Fil Rouge concept heralds ‘sensuous sportiness’ for all future modelsANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 1

15 March 2018

In 2018, HMC aims to sell 4.68 million vehicles worldwide, compared to the 4.51 million units it delivered in 2017. After suffering a substantial setback in the Chinese market last year and to a lesser extent in the USA too, the company has been investing heavily in new and additional models, especially SUVs.

Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, and Frank Witter, board member for Finance and Controlling, with SEDRIC.Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans

14 March 2018

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports.

New XV has 220mm of ground clearance and 'Active Torque Split' AWD New XV behind 29 per cent UK Subaru sales surge

13 March 2018

Having fallen by more than a quarter during 2017, Subaru's UK sales are finally going back in the right direction, with a 29 per cent surge in February. Most of that is due to the arrival of the new XV.

Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé, looks like a fastback but is a sedanManagement briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show review

12 March 2018

Geneva 2018 had the usual collection of hypercars, although many of them are powered by the energy stored in batteries rather than in petrol tanks. Robotic taxis were there too with Volkswagen cheekily painting its already seen SEDRIC in the colours typical of a US schoolbus. Why then for a show rich in electric vehicle world premieres were so many of them overshadowed by new petrol and diesel models?

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