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Plant axes, new diesel jobs, EVs debut - the week

22 November 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Plant axes, new diesel jobs, EVs debut - the week Graeme Roberts Plant closures are never good news but you wield the axe, we cover 'em. I always note the PR-department composed, company lawyer-... read more


G29 BMW Z4 M40i - does it beat the Boxster?

15 August 2019 | Glenn Brooks

G29 BMW Z4 M40i - does it beat the Boxster? Glenn Brooks Daimler says it won't replace the Mercedes SLC, Audi plans to axe the TT and Nissan keeps trying to fathom how it can make a business case fo... read more


Why BMW gave the 7 Series a drastic makeover

25 July 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Why BMW gave the 7 Series a drastic makeover Glenn Brooks Has the decline in demand for large luxury saloons plateaued? If it's the USA we're talking about, then the answer is no, with the S-Class (... read more


Chengdu motor show world debuts list

3 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Chengdu motor show world debuts list Glenn Brooks SAIC, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group revealed the most important new and future models at this year's Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of... read more


BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward

11 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward Glenn Brooks A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady progress? That could be... read more


Is Jaguar now an SUV oriented brand too?

27 February 2018 | Calum MacRae

Is Jaguar now an SUV oriented brand too? Calum MacRae This piece was initially prompted by the appearance of the new Volvo V60, to universal acclaim, which brought a wistful thought from me that it w... read more


ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs Glenn Brooks The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Hav... read more


Car makers start to think about future business models

16 May 2017 | Chris Wright

Car makers start to think about future business models Chris Wright The writing has been on the wall for a few years now. The sudden realisation that learning to drive or owning a car was no longer t... read more


BMW 1 Series stays RWD, but for how long?

18 January 2016 | Glenn Brooks

BMW 1 Series stays RWD, but for how long? Glenn Brooks BMW not too long ago revealed a preview of a 1 Series sedan , something which could well be the perfect complement to the current hatchback ran... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Avensis, powered by BMW

2 November 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Avensis, powered by BMW Glenn Brooks It's a conundrum for Toyota Motor Europe - how to justify staying in the declining D segment? Volkswagen, Opel-Vauxhall and Ford leverage... read more


ANALYSIS: Foreign brands attack declining Japanese market

16 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Foreign brands attack declining Japanese market Glenn Brooks Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. ... read more


ANALYSIS: BMW sales plunge in largest EU market

9 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: BMW sales plunge in largest EU market Glenn Brooks The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled pa... read more


COMMENT: Hyundai Aslan bombs - what now for premium plans?

9 June 2015 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: Hyundai Aslan bombs - what now for premium plans? Glenn Brooks It was launched with great fanfare only last year but sales of the Aslan, Hyundai's import-fighter, continue to disappoint. T... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini JCW & future model plans

28 May 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini JCW & future model plans Glenn Brooks The Mini John Cooper Works is fast (of course), handles brilliantly (ditto) and is being launched as a three-door only (but a convertibl... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever

8 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever Graeme Roberts A short week for us due to the first (of two) bank holidays has ended in a surprise majority win for the Conservatives overnight (alo... read more


ANALYSIS: Europe can be a Cadillac 'test bed' region

17 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

ANALYSIS: Europe can be a Cadillac 'test bed' region Graeme Roberts While Cadillac’s goal of evolving into a global luxury brand is dependent on the US and China, Europe remains part of the lon... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with suppliers and Mazda

13 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with suppliers and Mazda Graeme Roberts Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week. Our in-house analysts were again hard at it as Ou... read more


ANALYSIS: How soon until Nissan Europe outsells Toyota?

17 February 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: How soon until Nissan Europe outsells Toyota? Glenn Brooks Certain new and accelerating trends are revealed for the European passenger car market in the latest figures issued by ACEA. Ni... read more


ANALYSIS: Europe's car market in 2014, and 2015

19 January 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Europe's car market in 2014, and 2015 Glenn Brooks The market might have been up by 5.4% in 2014 but there were some surprising brands on the list of those which saw their sales effectively... read more


ANALYSIS: US segments shift as Honda CR-V outsells all cars

9 January 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: US segments shift as Honda CR-V outsells all cars Glenn Brooks With 32,369 units sold, American Honda's CR-V was the market's best selling SUV in December. Another upset: the Toyota Camry w... read more


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (2)

23 December 2014 | Dave Leggett

December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (2) Dave Leggett It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Legget... read more


December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1)

23 December 2014 | Dave Leggett

December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (1) Dave Leggett It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Legge... read more


COMMENT: US JLR plant likely to get a warm southern welcome

20 October 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: US JLR plant likely to get a warm southern welcome Graeme Roberts The weekend's news Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is 'talking to southern states' about establishing a factory in the United... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW i8

30 September 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW i8 Glenn Brooks If you like being looked at, you will love the i8. It turns the heads of seemingly everyone who sees you on the road, and even more so in carparks. To drive, it&... read more


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (2)

28 August 2014 | Sabine Blümel

August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (2) Sabine Blümel In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag ... read more


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (1)

20 August 2014 | Sabine Blümel

August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (1) Sabine Blümel In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant'

15 August 2014 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The August harvest this week is mixed but 'brilliant' Dave Leggett The news this week was a mixed bag with some positives and negatives, nothing major breaking (well, it is August)... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW X4

23 July 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW X4 Glenn Brooks The sales target might be modest but there's no denying the ability of BMW's newest model, the Macan and Evoque-challenging X4. As one of BMW's most important... read more


US: Kia Motors America - a "bit player" with ambition

22 July 2014 | Graeme Roberts

US: Kia Motors America - a "bit player" with ambition Graeme Roberts Kia Motors America may be marking 20 years in the US this year but, despite 535,179 sales in 2013 (down 4% on 2012), the recent hi... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: More GM recalls

4 July 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: More GM recalls Graeme Roberts General Motors started this week by continuing to honour CEO Mary Barra's oft-repeated promise - which is essentially to make good any car not good -... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

26 June 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé Glenn Brooks The arrival of the Gran Coupé sees BMW expanding the 4 Series to three body styles. How does this new hatchback compare to the rival Audi... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini Cooper S

30 May 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini Cooper S Glenn Brooks Pictures can lie - in the metal, the new Mini is easy to tell from BMW’s second generation model. But what’s it like to drive, and is the Coo... read more


COMMENT: Buoyant SMMT opens toy shop for a day

23 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

COMMENT: Buoyant SMMT opens toy shop for a day Graeme Roberts An invitation to SMMT Test Day is keenly sought after by automotive journalists here in the UK. And little wonder. Where else does the... read more


ANALYSIS: India's automotive sector pauses, but for how long?

12 March 2014 | Dave Leggett

ANALYSIS: India's automotive sector pauses, but for how long? Dave Leggett India has seen plenty of automotive sector interest in recent years. It's a market with huge potential for growth, but a C... read more


ANALYSIS: Future models for 2014

15 January 2014 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Future models for 2014 Glenn Brooks With all the global vehicle debuts of this year's NAIAS now revealed, Glenn Brooks looks ahead to the other big motor shows of 2014, and the cars likely... read more


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