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Auto Shanghai 2019 - world premieres list

17 April 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2019 - world premieres list Glenn Brooks Auto Shanghai took place across 12 halls, each of which has two levels, with total floor space of 360,000 square metres quoted by the organis... read more


Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid?

7 June 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid? Glenn Brooks With sales well below 50,000 per annum (16,276 for the year to the end of April), Lexus is a minor make in Europe, smaller even than Jaguar and about the... read more


2018 BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

2018 BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list Glenn Brooks Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018 . ... read more


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Management briefing - Paris motor show preview Glenn Brooks This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confir... read more


September 2015 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA overview

23 September 2015 | Glenn Brooks

September 2015 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA overview Glenn Brooks In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production ca... 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 (3)

23 December 2014 | Dave Leggett

December 2014 management briefing: Review of 2014 (3) 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety: the good, the bad and the ugly

28 November 2014 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety: the good, the bad and the ugly Dave Leggett One thing that has always got everyone in the automotive business talking is safety. It's an interesting one. Cars ha... read more


SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best

10 November 2014 | Fernando Calmon

SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best Fernando Calmon Attracting over 750,000 visitors in 11 days, the São Paulo motor show saw several locally made and imported new model launches o... read more


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 2)

13 October 2014 | Glenn Brooks

Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 2) Glenn Brooks The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's ... read more


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 1)

13 October 2014 | Glenn Brooks

Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 1) Glenn Brooks The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's ... read more


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Mondeo redesigned for 2015

10 October 2014 | Graeme Roberts

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Mondeo redesigned for 2015 Graeme Roberts Over three generations since 1993, Ford has sold over 1.4m Mondeos in the UK alone and the car is a staple of the D-segment 'user choo... read more


ANALYSIS: Jaguar's XE spearheads new industrial strategy

23 September 2014 | Dave Leggett

ANALYSIS: Jaguar's XE spearheads new industrial strategy Dave Leggett If you make executive or luxury cars, you're helped by theoretically naturally higher margins than brands in the volume segments ... read more


PRODUCT PEEP: Kia K900 knocks on big brands' door

24 July 2014 | Graeme Roberts

PRODUCT PEEP: Kia K900 knocks on big brands' door Graeme Roberts Prior to moving to the UK, I had almost zero exposure to the Kia brand which, 20 years ago, was mostly recycled Mazdas. And something ... 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Growth opportunities are out there...

20 December 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Growth opportunities are out there... Dave Leggett The European car market may be a challenging place and likely to remain so in 2014, but this week's digest of news in the auto bi... read more


ANALYSIS: Will Audi control the mini-SUV segment?

19 December 2013 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Will Audi control the mini-SUV segment? Glenn Brooks Audi says it will build an additional model, the Q1, from 2016. Glenn Brooks looks at its rivals' plans in what is set to become a new ... read more


FRANKFURT: Observations from the show floor

11 September 2013 | Glenn Brooks

FRANKFURT: Observations from the show floor Glenn Brooks If you had to sum up the mood at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA's first press day it would be entrenched optimism. Profits might remain elusive for so... read more


September 2013 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA Preview

6 September 2013 | Glenn Brooks

September 2013 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA Preview Glenn Brooks This month, we take a detailed look at Europe's largest motor show of 2013 - the Frankfurt IAA. Glenn Brooks assesses the key ... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Lexus LS 460

23 July 2013 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: Lexus LS 460 Glenn Brooks Mercedes-Benz dealers across Europe begin selling the new S-Class this week. Glenn Brooks, who has been driving one of its rivals, the Lexus LS 460, considers ... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Pain and gain

24 May 2013 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Pain and gain Graeme Roberts More read-it-and-weep news for struggling European rivals from Volkswagen group this week as it chalked up another little milestone - selling over 3m ... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Lexus tries again with new IS

23 May 2013 | Graeme Roberts

PRODUCT EYE: Lexus tries again with new IS Graeme Roberts A colleague who shall remain nameless asked, among fellow journalists, the rhetorical question during the European launch of the third genera... read more


GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part Two (of two)

8 March 2013 | Glenn Brooks

GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part Two (of two) Glenn Brooks Having peered under concepts to check for real engines and suspension systems, and gently interrogated multiple industry executi... read more


GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part One

7 March 2013 | Glenn Brooks

GENEVA 2013 PRESS PREVIEW DAYS REVIEW: Part One Glenn Brooks As our list of vehicle and concept world premieres attests, this year’s Geneva motor show media preview days saw a bumper crop of... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Financial results: the good, the bad and the ugly

15 February 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Financial results: the good, the bad and the ugly Dave Leggett There were more financial results out this week and it was another mixed bag. General Motors' latest black ink was,... read more


December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 2)

21 December 2012 | Dave Leggett

December 2012 management briefing: Review of 2012 (part 2) Dave Leggett Like any year in the auto industry, 2012 saw its fair share of company ups and downs, industrial comings and goings, and a fa... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Land Cruiser V8

24 October 2012 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Glenn Brooks Sadly, for it's an amazingly capable vehicle, Toyota sells way fewer than 1,000 Land Cruiser V8s in the UK each year. Despite the 250g/km CO2 number, ... read more


ANALYSIS: Future European product webinar preview

19 October 2012 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS: Future European product webinar preview Glenn Brooks As GM, Ford and Chrysler have shown, the best way to deal with a deep downturn in your home market is to invest in products and be rea... read more


September 2012 management briefing: Paris Motor Show preview

25 September 2012 | Glenn Brooks

September 2012 management briefing: Paris Motor Show preview Glenn Brooks Glenn Brooks, at the Paris show, has compiled a listing of new vehicle world premieres , which he has been updating regula... read more


COMMENT: Why BMW is staying so quiet about the new Hybrid 7

30 July 2012 | Glenn Brooks

COMMENT: Why BMW is staying so quiet about the new Hybrid 7 Glenn Brooks It's highly unusual for any German manufacturer to launch a new model without issuing page after page of technical specs. BMW... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Lexus CT 200h

6 June 2012 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: Lexus CT 200h Glenn Brooks In the real world, will the Lexus CT 200h return the claimed 70mpg official average? That's what I wanted to know as I ran one for a week. But I soon discovere... read more


September 2011 management briefing: IAA Frankfurt Motor Show retrospective

30 September 2011 | Glenn Brooks

September 2011 management briefing: IAA Frankfurt Motor Show retrospective Glenn Brooks His blisters now healed and floodlight-induced suntan fading, Glenn Brooks reflects on the best and biggest F... read more


September 2011 management briefing: IAA Frankfurt Motor Show preview

12 September 2011 | Glenn Brooks

September 2011 management briefing: IAA Frankfurt Motor Show preview Glenn Brooks Notwithstanding the incongruous absence of Nissan, the 2011 Frankfurt motor show sees an automotive industry in a d... read more


August 2011 management briefing: hybrids and electric vehicles (part 2)

25 August 2011 | Glenn Brooks

August 2011 management briefing: hybrids and electric vehicles (part 2) Glenn Brooks In the second of a three-part series on alternate powertrain vehicles, Glenn Brooks examines the future of petro... read more


ANALYSIS: Lexus aims for brand lift in Europe with CT200h

22 March 2011 | Dave Leggett

ANALYSIS: Lexus aims for brand lift in Europe with CT200h Dave Leggett Lexus has long found the going in Europe – where the German premium brands dominate – tough. But it is aiming for ... read more


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