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ANALYSIS: PLDB Future Models - LA & Guangzhou shows insight

By Glenn Brooks | 18 November 2014

Shelby GT350 Mustang will be new for the 2016 model year

Shelby GT350 Mustang will be new for the 2016 model year

With Europe's big motor shows of 2014 now gone, it's now time for California (LA, first press day today, November 18) and southern China (Guangzhou) to take the spotlight for new model world premieres. As ever with PLDB, information on these vehicles continues to be added and updated, writes Glenn Brooks.

Having announced record profits for the most recent quarter, Mazda is proving that its strategy of short vehicle lifecycles with cars facelifted after just two years, works. Facelifts for the CX-5 and Mazda6 have debuted at the LA show, plus a small crossover, the CX-3. Daimler has launched its attempt to revive Maybach at the same event, while Cadillac is revealing the ATS-V. GM's premium brand is receiving a lot of investment right now in fact. PLDB lists nine future cars and SUVs, including the XT4, the next SRX, a model to take on the Mercedes CLA, and a new style of Tesla-esque PHEV to replace the ELR.

Not to be outdone by its traditional rival, what Ford now calls The Lincoln Motor Company has started selling cars in China and has ambitious plans for global sales. There are now six Lincoln vehicles in the future models section of PLDB, along with the first details of a forthcoming and bespoke rear-, front- and all-wheel drive adaptable architecture for the brand.

Still in China, but at a far lower price point, the Wuling Hong Guang ('Glory') continues its reign as the best selling vehicle of 2014. Other manufacturers are, however, going after leadership in SUVs. Jeep and Land Rover might be doing well but Great Wall's Haval is the biggest SUV brand in the world's biggest market, thanks to the H6. PLDB has platform and other details for the new Haval H1. Not to be outdone, foreign brands are trying to outshine the locals at this month's Guangzhou show, with Infiniti's first locally made SUV, the QX50L, one of the debutantes. And, if you want to know about the successor to this vehicle coming in 2017, initial details are here.

Some other new entries to the database include a surprise second body style for the future BMW X2, all the details of the new U375 Ford Everest/Endeavour, the project code for Kia's Prius rival, a future small hybrid Honda, the Grace, adjusted life cycle dates for the next Nissan GT-R (it's been put back to 2017), an additional Leipzig-built Porsche model due in 2018, plus the latest on the 2018MY lightweight Jeep Wrangler. Yet more examples of the ongoing links between future FCA vehicles can be seen here - who would have thought a RAM pick-up could be dinky and based on Brazilian Fiats?

This analysis is provided as part of just-auto's PLDB (Product Lifecycle DataBase) intelligence service. PLDB includes a model level database on the production life of over 3,000 current and future models globally by 251 brands from 170 groups. Find out more and take a free trial.