Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Brooks On OEM Product Trends

By: Glenn Brooks

Analyst Glenn Brooks looks at OEM new product developments in the context of company strategies and market trends

Frankfurt IAA world debuts - BMW M Next concept and Audi Q7 facelift

26 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed a plug-in hybrid supercar concept at an event in Munich. The Vision M Next is to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Groupe PSA future model plans - Opel and Vauxhall

25 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A lot has changed since looked at Opel and Vauxhall future models a year ago. Legacy vehicles from the GM ownership era are disappearing, replaced by fresh ones with PSA platforms, along with BEV and PHEV models. There is much more to come.

Renault launches sub-4m Triber MPV

20 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Seeking to revitalise falling sales in the Indian market, Renault has announced the Triber, an additional model which will be manufactured at the Alliance's RNAIPL plant in Tamil Nadu.

Groupe PSA future model plans - DS

19 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

DS Automobiles remains a troubled division of Groupe PSA. Sales have slid to minimal levels in China and in May were only 4,192 for all of Europe. Things might be about to improve though, with the 7 Crossback starting to find relative favour in EU countries and deliveries of the 3 Crossback commencing. But what to do about China?

Groupe PSA future model plans - Citroën

18 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

For a long time, Citroën was in trouble in many European markets. No longer. Its French market sales in particular are surging, which will come as a relief to parent firm Groupe PSA. In common with DS and Peugeot though, things are not so good in China.

Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.

Groupe PSA future model plans - Peugeot

12 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Thanks to the 208, 3008 and 2008 (in that order) Peugeot is holding on to a strong third position in its largest regional market behind Renault and Volkswagen. A new version of its best seller, revealed three months ago but not yet available, has strong looks and has generated a large bank of orders. In contrast to that good fortune in Europe, the picture in China is much darker, however.

Anhui Jianghuai and JAC-Volkswagen future models

10 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A partnership with Volkswagen AG and a certain degree of expertise in EVs have become vital assets for JAC as it tries to recover from losses of Yuan 786.1m during fiscal 2018 and a plunge in home market vehicle sales.

ANALYSIS - future Mitsubishi models

6 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

So far, the turnaround of Mitsubishi Motors under Nissan Motor is encouraging. In fiscal 2018-2019, sales were up by 14.7 per cent to 1,244,000 vehicles, profit improved, reaching JPY111.8bn, and the company achieved an operating margin of 4.4 per cent. As MMC's ties to the Alliance deepen, what future models will the company's plants in Japan, China, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia and Russia be producing to help reach an inevitable mid-term target of 1.5m vehicles per year in the 2020s?

ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid

5 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

While rivals pursue low CO2 numbers via plug-in petrol-electric powertrains, Toyota keeps refining what it terms 'self-charging hybrid' systems. That effort is paying off, especially for Lexus, which is making sales gains in many markets. In hybrid form, the brand's latest additional model offers a convincing alternative to other C-premium crossovers.

Nissan future models - platforms and timings

4 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Twenty years on from its rescue by Renault, Nissan Motor is unrecogniseable from the heavily indebted firm which Louis Schweitzer, Carlos Ghosn and Yoshikazu Hanawa began rebuilding in 1999 with the creation of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In the post-Ghosn era and with a proposed FCA-Renault merger under discussion, what might the 2020s hold for Nissan?

Infiniti future models and the exit from Hong Kong

30 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The official name may be Infiniti Motor Company Limited yet this division is deeply intertwined with the parent firm and will become even more so. Nissan Motor and its partner Groupe Renault's vehicle architectures, as well as Design, R&D and Manufacturing operations are very much part of what will define the next generation of Infiniti models.

Venucia looks to future models for a sales turnaround

29 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

As with many brands, Dongfeng Nissan's affordable vehicles division isn't having a great 2019, Venucia's wholesale deliveries in the Chinese market dropping by 31.1% for the year to the end of April, according to CAAM. Can the promise of new models turn things around?

ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

28 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The eighth generation is only months away from being officially revealed and still the Golf continues to dominate its segment. What's more, this remains far and away the best selling vehicle in the European region. Volkswagen has even been adding new variants, the latest and likely final one being the Touring Car Racing version of the GTI.

Five years after its revival - what next for Datsun?

23 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Nissan brought back Datsun in 2014 as a brand specialising in small, cheap models for lower income countries. Since then, Datsun has been rolled out to 14 markets, with India, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan being the main ones. Nissan's next challenge is to launch a second generation of models, the first of which should begin in 18 months' time.

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