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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


Press days were Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 January, following a Sunday night preview2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list

16 January 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list.


The next edition of the biennial Beijing motor show will take place in AprilAutoChina - Great Wall to reveal Tesla rival at Beijing show

16 January 2018

Following on from the news that Volkswagen will give the next Touareg its public premiere at AutoChina in April, Great Wall Motor will also have a world debut: a new brand which will sell only electric vehicles.


Why hasn't FCA replaced the 500 which is now almost 11 years old?ANALYSIS - Future Fiat and Abarth models

15 January 2018

The first chapter in a series of articles exploring the current and next models from FCA Italy's stable of makes centres on the Fiat brand, as well as Abarth. This will be followed over the coming weeks by explorations of what's ahead for Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari. Even though Italians bought 60,000 Ypsilons during 2017, Lancia has no future models.


Maruti's concept will be revealed on 7 February, the show's press preview dayNew Delhi Auto Expo - multiple car and truck makers absent

15 January 2018

The high cost of participation is said to be one of the main reasons why the likes of Volkswagen Group, Daimler and Nissan will not be attending the bienniel Auto Expo in New Delhi. Maruti Suzuki is the first manufacturer to announce a world debut for the 2018 edition of India's national motor show.


Press days are Tue 6 & Wed 7GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - Bentley Bentayga V8 world debut

12 January 2018

Vehicles making their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below on just-auto's latest list.


Ibiza pricing starts at £13,130 and rises to £19,300 before a deduction of up to £2,500 for trading in an older diesel vehicleCan SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?

11 January 2018

Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smaller company, introduced its similarly sized Ibiza in 1984. As it ramps up production of the fifth generation model, the total built at Martorell has just reached 5.6 million. The new car is more than good enough to push that total above 6 million within four years, maybe even three.


Press preview days for the annual tech-fest in Las Vegas were 7 and 8 JanuaryCES - Automotive exhibitor world premieres

10 January 2018

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rinspeed, the Toyota Research Institute, Toyota Motor Corporation and Volkswagen had new technology on show.


Will the new Polo take Volkswagen to number one in Britain?Britain's new Volkswagen Polo - out of Africa

10 January 2018

Volkswagen Group South Africa still builds the fourth and fifth generation Polos at its Uitenhage factory near P.E. in the Eastern Cape. Following a major investment in the MQB A0 architecture, the plant is now also producing the new, sixth generation model for export to other RHD countries. The made-in-Africa Polo is now available in Britain.


Haval H6 is easily GWM's best selling model rangeGreat Wall Motor - soon to be selling more SUVs than Jeep?

9 January 2018

GWM has been surfing the SUV wave in China longer than most. Its Haval H6 for many years challenged the Wuling Hongguang for the title of best selling model and in 2017, the H6 was finally replaced. It finished the year in third place behind SAIC, GM and Wuling's MPV and SAIC Volkswagen's Lavida. Could Great Wall's SUV brand be sinking or will it bounce back?


Kadjar pricing starts at £19,785 although this drops to £18,285 as part of a just-announced £1,500 scrappage incentive schemeANALYSIS - New Renault Kadjar TCe 165

8 January 2018

The Kadjar, a big seller across Europe, has always had one major weakness in its powertrain choices. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has a great CO2 number but lacks the torque that people switching from diesel are used to. So, supporting the TCe 130, in comes a new 1.6-litre unit, the TCe 165.




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