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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

Media previews take place on 5 & 6 MarchGeneva show - son of ex-VW boss to reveal Piech EV

22 February 2019

Global debuts for the Geneva motor show are discussed below. The newest additions to just-auto's lengthening world premieres list are the Peugeot 208 and Cupra Formentor concept plus a different Hispano Suiza from another company with the same name. One of Ferdinand Piëch's sons will also be at the show to reveal an electric sports car prototype which a firm with his surname plans to put into production.

Media preview days are 10 & 11 September2019 Frankfurt IAA world premieres list

21 February 2019

It's more than six months away but already, certain models which will be world debuts at the IAA Cars in September are known about. Below is a list of such vehicles, with this to be added to over the coming months.

This £18,499 rocket is £6,000 than the base Swift yet what the Sport delivers in smiles per gallon is well worth the costIs the Swift Sport the best Suzuki yet?

21 February 2019

Not all Suzukis are inexpensive or bought by people whose priorities are a no-fuss, no-frills small car. For those in the know, a certain Swift variant is doing great things for Suzuki's long term image that no 'influencer' or 'brand ambassador' ever could.

Maserati will Geely refutes FCA rumours - what now for Maserati?

20 February 2019

Those rumours about FCA wanting to transfer ownership of Maserati, along with perhaps Alfa Romeo to ZGH were quashed by the Chinese OEM a few weeks ago. We know the outline of what's ahead for Alfa but the trident logo brand also needs a reboot. It had a disappointing 2018 and, in common with other parts of the Fiat Chrysler empire, desperately needs new models. So what's on the way, and when?

The Monza SP1 (pictured) and SP2 are each priced at €1.6m and with 500 cars to be made, €654m is headed Ferrari's way from this project aloneCan an SUV be a true Ferrari?

19 February 2019

Louis Camilleri has a bigger job than most previous Ferrari bosses. Profits are sky high and must stay that way, yet the enormous costs of electrifying certain future models and replacing elderly existing cars plus adding an SUV must be met somehow. Which inevitably means creating more limited-build and obscenely lucrative hypercars such as the SP1 and SP2 without diluting the appeal of the Ferrari name itself.

The C segment SUV brings with it a fresh Ssangyong logo.C300 SsangYong Korando shown ahead of Geneva

18 February 2019

The production version of the C300 project - the next Korando - has been revealed in South Korea. The public world premiere will be at next month's Geneva motor show.

Depending on the country, one and/or two engines are available: 1GD (2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel) or 7GR (3.5-litre petrol V6)Toyota finally replaces fifteen year old Hiace

18 February 2019

The sixth generation Hiace has been announced by Toyota Motor Corporation. It was revealed by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) at a media event in Manila.

The press will be reporting from the floor of the show on 17 AprilNew York auto show world debuts - Hyundai QX

18 February 2019

Even though this year's biggest and most important motor show opens just a few days ahead of it, there will still be quite a few important vehicle premieres at the New York International Auto Show. As ever, just-auto lists the debuts with a constantly updating roster of world first appearances.

Quadrifoglio logos adorn the Stelvio's sides, with the model name and 'Q4' on the tailgateStelvio Quadrifoglio silences Alfa sceptics

14 February 2019

Will Alfa ever reach the infamous 400,000 cars a year goal that FCA set for it? In 2018, it was less than a third of the way there. The end of the MiTo and the age of the Giulietta meant European retail sales dipped. By contrast, US deliveries almost doubled and exports to China finally rose above the 5,000 units mark. The most expensive model is doing well too. What may surprise many is that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is as good as if not better than the Porsche Macan Turbo.

This, the XUV300, will be joined by S210, an electric version in mid-2020Can new XUV300 keep Mahindra ahead of Tata?

14 February 2019

The Indian market's number three make, Mahindra, is a long way behind Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. There is a battle going on for third place though, and now with the arrival of a SsangYong-based small SUV, M&M may pull away from Honda and Tata Motors.

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