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BMW launches F44 2 Series Gran Coupé

13 March 2020 | Glenn Brooks

BMW launches F44 2 Series Gran Coupé Glenn Brooks The worldwide sales launch for F44 has begun. BMW's new 4.5m long sedan is aimed mainly at the USA - expected to take 25 per cent of global volume -... read more


Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand Glenn Brooks Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year . With the sole model in demand and due ... read more


Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack Calum MacRae Quiet reflection for Marchionne There's considerable consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided ... 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


Audi UK plans another new model barrage starting with A8

9 February 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Audi UK plans another new model barrage starting with A8 Graeme Roberts It may only be third in the UK premium segment but Audi UK is happy with its growing market share ahead of another barrage of n... read more


Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?

11 January 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza? Glenn Brooks Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smalle... 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


VW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine

27 September 2016 | Ray Hutton

VW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine Ray Hutton Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 'stinkers' - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more... read more


The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries Simon Warburton August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer &... 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: Audi S8 & future models

7 October 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S8 & future models Glenn Brooks Suddenly, the full-sized luxury sedan segment is roaring back to life. Forget the economic stalling in some parts of the world and instead se... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

3 September 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Glenn Brooks The global market for convertibles might be in decline but there's still good business to be had in the UK. The out of production... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi risks a diesel-only strategy for new Q7

6 August 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi risks a diesel-only strategy for new Q7 Glenn Brooks Audi UK is about to launch the new Q7 with just one engine: a 272PS 3.0-litre TDI. Will that be enough with which to take o... read more


ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's car sales volatility

28 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's car sales volatility Glenn Brooks Just as in Europe, India or the USA, looking at China as one market doesn't give you the full picture. Differences across geographi... 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


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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the international show circuit again?

29 May 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the international show circuit again? Graeme Roberts As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook pa... 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


COMMENT: GM's new Chevy Camaro to join a surging segment

18 May 2015 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: GM's new Chevy Camaro to join a surging segment Glenn Brooks The new 2016 Camaro looks good, has a far better interior than the old shape model and promises better economy. But will it be ... read more


COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

7 May 2015 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK Glenn Brooks Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional ... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & Polo GTI

22 April 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & Polo GTI Glenn Brooks A facelift, more power for the GTI and a new engine which, in the BlueGT, runs on four or two cylinders are some of the highlights of ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM axes Russian plant, FCA axes Chrysler in UK

20 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: GM axes Russian plant, FCA axes Chrysler in UK Graeme Roberts Two major automakers respectively wielded the axe this week. General Motors all but shut down its Russian production ... 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


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra

23 February 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra Glenn Brooks Once the Volkswagen Group’s biggest underachiever, SEAT is succeeding at last. The evidence? In Germany it’s now a top-ten brand, and in the... 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


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro

12 February 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro Glenn Brooks The facelifted A6 range is now on sale in Britain. As well as the styling changes, emissions are claimed to be up to 22% lower, Matrix headlight... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Hondas and the ship's upright again

23 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Hondas and the ship's upright again Graeme Roberts Just back from what was my first ever Honda launch event to bring you news of the 2015 CR-V update for Europe , majoring, of... read more


COMMENT: What now for docked Hoegh Osaka cargo?

23 January 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: What now for docked Hoegh Osaka cargo? Simon Warburton So the saga of the Osaka is finally over - at least the seaborne element of it anyway - but perhaps now the real drama begins back at p... 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


COMMENT: Deckchair army surveys smart Hoegh Osaka work

19 January 2015 | Simon Warburton

COMMENT: Deckchair army surveys smart Hoegh Osaka work Simon Warburton There's been an unexpected rush on car parks down on the South Coast of England as the leviathan Hoegh Osaka - all 51,000t of he... 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


ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1

12 December 2014 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1 Glenn Brooks The NAIAS in mid-January will mark the official start to the next wave of vehicle launches in the US. So what are the major OEMs ready... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Scirocco TDI 150 DSG

28 November 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Scirocco TDI 150 DSG Glenn Brooks Fresh from a mid-cycle update, the VW Scirocco is something of a survivor. While a few new entries such as the Veloster have appeared in... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Kia electrifies its Soul

13 November 2014 | Graeme Roberts

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Kia electrifies its Soul Graeme Roberts Kia Motors (UK) is taking a softly-softly approach to the launch of its first battery-electric car, targeting just 100-200 sales in 2015 thro... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1

7 November 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1 Glenn Brooks Given how long Audi has been having success with marketing quattro as a sub-brand, it's surprising how long it took to release a series production small car wit... read more


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