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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 concours has taken place annually since 19502017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts

17 August 2017

Monterey Automotive Week, including the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is taking place on California's Monterey Peninsula between 15 and 20 August. The following is the latest list of concept and new model world premieres.

Unlike some luxury automotive brands, this one puts its name rather than a logo on the boot lidWill Ford sieze an electric opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

Media preview days are 12 & 13 SeptemberFrankfurt IAA world debuts list - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.

I-PACE concept at AutoShanghai: X590 production is due to commence in early 2018ANALYSIS - More SUVs and an electric future for Jaguar

15 August 2017

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.

Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders

14 August 2017

Opel is claiming its new Insignia flagship has already attracted over 50,000 orders across Europe.

Select DYNAMIC mode and the air suspension lowers the body to this levelHow 900Nm and 48V make the Audi SQ7 TDI epic

11 August 2017

In the words of a friend who owns a Golf GTD and is a long time fan of multiple Volkswagen Group models, driving the Audi SQ7 would have to be "like propelling a municipal building at lightspeed". Is three times the torque output of most small diesel engines necessary, though?

Velar production is now underway in SolihullANALYSIS - Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs for the 2020s

9 August 2017

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

New Picanto is same length as previous model  - 3,595mm - but has longer wheelbase (2,400mm)ANALYSIS - Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment

7 August 2017

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against the likes of the built-in-Europe VW up! and Fiat Panda. That doesn't mean that the new shape model isn't as good as these two or other A segment hatchbacks.

Nexon build has commenced: the small crossover is due for release in the Indian market soonANALYSIS - Tata Motors' future models under the microscope

4 August 2017

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now, thanks to the success of the Tiago small car and a record overall Indian market for new passenger vehicles in the first half of 2017, Tata is firmly on the comeback trail and has even pushed the mighty Toyota down to sixth place. But will it be able to achieve its stated goal of becoming number three by 2019?

Suddenly, PSA has a new D/E segment hatchbackNew Insignia and Opel-Vauxhall's future under Groupe PSA

3 August 2017

It's August, once the month during which the northern hemisphere's automotive industry would quieten down. This being an odd-numbered year there's no chance of that, what with preparations for the Frankfurt IAA well underway. And now, Groupe PSA completing the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. The perfect time then to look at how those brands' newest car measures up.

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