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Mercedes-AMG cars and SUVs - 2021 to 2031 14 Apr 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Electrification will soon be the default for Mercedes-AMG's powertrains. That's a major shift for a Daimler division which started life as AMG, a company that raced V8 sedans before evolving into a small-volume maker of fast production cars too.


Mercedes-Benz SUVs - 2021 to 2031 6 Apr 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

It's apt that with Mercedes-Benz now a mass market brand, SUVs are much of the reason why. Apt in that the Geländewagen, which we can think of as the marque's first SUV, was never intended to be a luxury vehicle. As it became the G-Class, this remarkable 4x4's name was leveraged again and again, to the point where there is now a large line-up of SUVs, each of which has G as the first letter of its name. This report examines a selection of them.


Mercedes-Benz cars - 2021 to 2031 31 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

As Manfred Bischoff steps down after 14 years as chairman of Daimler AG's Supervisory Board, his successor Bernd Pischetsrieder will inevitably face fresh challenges as he steers the company through the 2020s. So what can we expect when it comes to what matters most of all - the cars that must both continuously reinvent the Mercedes-Benz name and bring in the cash to fund their even higher tech replacements?


Polestar - the future models 24 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

It is meant to be Geely's electric sports-eco-luxury division but Polestar is taking some time to become established due in part to a small line-up of vehicles. And even when additional vehicles arrive, what will set this brand apart when it seems that Volvo is headed towards the same positioning?


How Volvo gets to electric-only by 2030 22 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Run your eye down the latest sales charts for the world's larger markets and one name stands out. Volvo has found the recipe for gains even in those countries and regions where every other brand is in the doldrums. Can it keep this run of good fortune going, and just as importantly, will it be able to make strong profits from all the EVs which it says are coming?


Geely Group future models - Proton and Lotus 17 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Amazingly enough, Proton sold more cars in Malaysia during 2020 than in 2019, gaining market share too; the only major brand to do so. Covid slowed the new model launch cycle but in contrast to the pre-Geely days, most of today's vehicles aren't too venerable anyway: another reason why sales didn't crash last year. By contrast, another more modestly sized marque also controlled by Geely has needed fresh products for many years. And at last, Lotus will soon begin to launch them.


Geely and Volvo's plans for Lynk & Co 15 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Extra models, more PHEV options and the market itself being in a totally different place to where it was in 2020 saw Lynk & Co's February sales quadrupling to 11,825 vehicles. Next comes a couple of especially tricky tasks; namely launching the brand in selected European and US cities, the aim being to eventually lessen the reliance on China. We can also expect an expansion of the model range, new drivetrains and the arrival of some next generation Geely and Volvo platforms.


Forthcoming Geely, Maple & Geometry models 11 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

A 265% rise compared to February 2020 is obviously not a valid comparison but even so, there's no doubting how strong Geely Group's home market sales were last month. During the first two months, deliveries in China were up by 69% YoY reaching 216,194 Geely, Lynk & Co, Maple, Geometry brand models with exports doubling to 17,353 units. All being well, additional vehicles coming this year as well as various facelifts and replacements could keep the Geely brand in China's top five too.


Mahindra and Pininfarina future models 3 Mar 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

This year will be one of ups and downs for Mahindra & Mahindra. On the plus side, the company's Automobili Pininfarina subsidiary is due to launch the first of several hypercars and the Mahindra brand itself will roll out several new models. But there are big questions to be resolved over the future of SsangYong Motor and the unwinding of what had once looked like a promising alliance with Ford.


GAC Guangzhou Auto future models 23 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

In addition to JVs with Toyota, Honda & Acura, Mitsubishi and Stellantis (Jeep), GAC's thriving own-brand business sold more than 360,000 passenger vehicles in China last year. The Trumpchi GS4 accounted for a third of that volume but many other models also performed well. Next for GAC are replacements for various combustion-engine models, along with yet more New Energy vehicles for the Aion sub-brand.


SWM - little known yet outselling Jeep in China 22 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Quite a few China-based car brands vanished in 2020 yet one that many hadn't paid much attention to had a surprisingly good year. Even though Brilliance Automotive and Shineray Motorcycle Company's SWM only sold 50,459 cars, it outperformed some big names, including Bestune, Maxus, Nio, Jeep, Lincoln and Land Rover. Later in 2021 we should see a move into EVs.


What's next for William Bin Li's Nio? 17 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

From a tiny market capitalisation and insolvency worries to becoming one of the world's most valuable car companies - it's been an extraordinary 18 months for Nio. Now that the company has turned the corner financially, might it become one of the big names in premium EVs later this decade?


Xpeng and Li - China's rising electric stars 15 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Two once-small electric vehicle brands hit the big time last year, their cars' sales surging almost as strongly as their share prices. CHJ Automotive, the parent of Li Auto's Leading Ideal or Li brand and its rival Xiaopeng Automotive Technology (Xpeng) have very different approaches when it comes to electrified vehicles though.


New models push BYD further ahead of Tesla 9 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

BYD Company Limited (BYD) delivered 415,046 vehicles to customers in China last year, an eight per cent drop compared to two per cent for the market. January deliveries, however, were up 68% to 42,401, in a market which rose by 29.5% to 2.503 million*.


Hongqi - China's unstoppable luxury car brand? 3 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Having doubled its home market vehicle deliveries in 2020 to 200,000 units, surging past the totals of built-in-China Lincolns, Volvos, and Teslas, Hongqi is on a roll. What's next for FAW's luxury car division?


FAW future models - Bestune rebuilds with B70 2 Feb 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Little known outside China, Bestune is FAW's number two brand behind Hongqi. While last year was phenomenal for the luxury marque, it wasn't great for Bestune, wholesale deliveries falling by nine per cent to 49,960 vehicles. New models coming soon have the potential to change the fortunes of what is supposed to be a high volume make.


China - why Chery Auto is on the rise 29 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

With the exception of the low volume Karry brand, each of Chery Auto's divisions had a great 2020, Chery itself becoming China's 12th most popular make, a y-o-y gain of five places. Nine consecutive months of expansion for the market, plus a wave of fresh vehicles has powered that progress.


CV, GL3, NQ5 - future Kia models 25 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Earlier this month, the former KMC (Kia Motors Corporation) revealed a new logo and tagline, changed its name to Kia Corporation and updated us on the number of EVs it is planning to launch. But Kia's not done yet. Soon, we'll see the production version of the CV electric car project; GL3, a successor for the K7; then NQ5, the next Sportage. It's going to be a busy 2021 for the company.


Hyundai preps Genesis for Europe - China next? 19 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

With 108,184 registrations and a year-on-year rise of 90 per cent, Genesis became South Korea's number three brand in 2020, gliding past Samsung, SsangYong, Chevrolet-Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz. Sales are also rising in Canada, the USA, Australia and a handful of other countries. Next - this year - the brand pushes into Europe, and then surely China must be next. Let's look at the premium marque's latest and future models.


NE project first of multiple future Hyundai EVs 18 Jan 2021

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Strong in the USA, Europe, Russia and the Pacific Rim, as well as South Korea of course, Hyundai Motor Group still under-achieves in China. Even with that giant market expanding for many months now, neither Kia nor Hyundai has been able to make much headway. Might a raft of new vehicles change things? This first of three features on HMG considers the Hyundai brand's global next generation models.


Renaulution - the future models changes 14 Jan 2021

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Groupe Renault is to be reinvented, yet again. The company uses the term 'Renaulution' to sum-up what's coming in the short, medium and longer term for the Alpine, Dacia and Renault brands. There will be changes too for AvtoVaz (Lada) but nothing has been said about Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).


GWM future vehicles - Wey and Haval 13 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

In the first chapter of a series looking at GWM's existing and next generation models, the focus was on three minor brands: Pao, Ora and Great Wall itself. In this second part, the focus shifts to what's new and what's next for Wey and Haval.


What downturn? Great Wall surges and looks ahead 12 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

In this first of a two-part series, the existing and next generation models of GWM's Pao and Ora brands, along with Great Wall itself, are examined. The second chapter, to be published later this week, will be all about Wey and Haval.


Lamborghini and Bugatti future models 6 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

In recessions, the most monied people tend to stop flaunting their cash. That is exactly what has happened in those parts of the world mired in economic woe. Luckily, Lamborghini and Bugatti have China to fall back on as Europe, much of Asia, the Americas and elsewhere remain challenging places for hypercar brands.


Bentley has a record year but what comes next? 5 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

What a year it was for Bentley Motors. On the one hand, record sales, new cars and the announcement of a shift to electrification, yet one quarter of a 4,000-strong workforce was dismissed, multiple markets went into a steep downturn, and now comes Brexit. This company will look different by 2030, so what does it have planned?


Cupra and SEAT future models 4 Jan 2021

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Being so reliant on European markets - specifically Spain, Germany and the UK - SEAT has been hard hit by Covid-19. Production at the company's Martorell base fell by almost a third last year and for various reasons the record half a million cars produced in 2019 is unlikely to be broken in 2021. Still, the brand's line-up is fresh, Cupra as a high-margin spin-off is working and the future vehicles cupboard is the very opposite of bare.


Skoda Auto - future models to 2030 22 Dec 2020

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

The company which has often embarrassed other Volkswagen divisions with its double-digit profit margins hit a rough patch last year in its now former largest market. China continues to be tough going for Škoda, sales being down more than 40% on what was a difficult 2019 too. Even though Germany is now the No.1 market, the brand continues to push hard in the PRC and more special models are coming for there with others for Europe too.


Porsche future models - an electric 911? 21 Dec 2020

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Operating profit of EUR2.0bn in the first three quarters, along with 19.4bn in sales means Porsche AG is in great shape. The decision to create an EV also seems to be paying off with more than 11,000 Taycans sold in the same period. There's quite a few more new and reinvented models to come too.


Electrified Audi SUVs - 2020 to 2030 16 Dec 2020

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Last week Audi stated its intention to expand an already bustling line-up of electric vehicles to "about 30 models, of which approximately 20 will be powered entirely by electric batteries" by the end of 2025. The company plans to spend 35 billion euro on all manner of vehicle programmes, many of which will include PHEVs and EVs. So what's coming when?


Audi cars - 2020 to 2030 14 Dec 2020

Column: OEM product strategy summaries

Audi should sell around 650,000 locally made vehicles - mainly sedans - in its number one market this year. Add in 50,000+ imported models and 2020 will have been a good year after all. Yet while China is strong, the US and Europe are less so, plus consumers are buying way fewer TDI models and cars in general. Might more electrification help?

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