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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

Thanks to the ZS, MG is ahead of Jeep, DS, smart and Alfa Romeo - sales are up 101% YtDANALYSIS - ZS SUV powering MG UK's 101% sales rise

18 October 2018

MG Motor has found a sweet spot in the UK market for compact SUVs, slotting its best seller, the 4.3m long ZS, between the traditional 4.0-4.2m B and 4.4-4.7m C segments. Thanks to low pricing and a seven-year warranty, buyers are responding, also making MG the market's fastest rising brand.

The show opens to the public on 30 NovemberLos Angeles motor show world premieres list - Mazda3

18 October 2018

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. The Mazda3 is the latest of these to be added to just-auto's preview list.

The TX can travel up to 70 miles on energy stored in its batteriesDriving the LEVC TX electric taxi

16 October 2018

The first new black taxi in twenty years is fast becoming a popular sight on the streets of London. It's much larger, infinitely quieter, has no tailpipe emissions unless the range extender engine is activated and out of stop-start traffic, can even be good fun to drive.

The Chinese market is contracting but MG sales are surgingSAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV

15 October 2018

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands recently examined Roewe. In the concluding chapter, the focus now turns to MG Motor and Maxus/LDV.

Media previews take place on 5 & 6 March2019 Geneva motor show debuts list [updated]

12 October 2018

It might be five months away but already some OEMs have named world premieres for next year's Geneva motor show.

Renault says it had sold 1,393 A110s as at 30 SeptemberAlpine A110 - has Renault made a Porsche beater?

10 October 2018

The reinvention of Alpine as a high priced sports car marque seems to be working, as deliveries of the A110 accelerate towards the 2,000 level a year after production commenced. Just how good is the car itself though?

Fully electric Marvel X is about to go on sale in ChinaSAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 October 2018

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addition of more SUVs and electrified models, sales are hitting new heights with home market registrations double those for MG, SAIC's other car division.

BMW's G20 3 Series was the show's most important debutanteManagement briefing - 2018 Paris motor show review

4 October 2018

Even without the presence of the mighty Volkswagen, it was a German make which dominated the reporting from the Paris motor show. BMW's seventh generation 3 Series was the stand-out world premiere, although PSA and Renault also had much to show and tell, including new insight into future electrified models.

Unusually for a Mazda, the 6 has had a second faceliftUpdated Mazda6 moves brand ever closer to premium

4 October 2018

Is Mazda knocking on the door of that elite club called Premium Brands? The signs have been there for a while, as each new model released over the last couple of years looks and feels ever more upscale. The newly updated Mazda6 adds greatly to that impression.

UK is now world's No.1 market for Volkswagen RDoes understatement keep the VW Golf ahead of rivals?

3 October 2018

The Golf is six years old, twice the age of the somehow far less popular Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Ford of Europe's new Focus ought to be pummeling its elderly rival but that isn't happening either. Toyota, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Kia - the list of major makes selling cars in the C segment which Volkswagen's long-time king stays ahead of is long. What is the Golf's secret?

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