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ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid

5 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid 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 eff... read more


ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus Glenn Brooks The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all abo... read more


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h Glenn Brooks The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is. ... read more


Toyota's new TNGA based engines and transmissions

6 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's new TNGA based engines and transmissions Graeme Roberts Toyota Motor Corporation, now rolling out new vehicles - the fourth generation Prius hybrid and C-HR compact crossover - on its Toyota... 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


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus RC F & future brand plans

29 May 2015 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus RC F & future brand plans Glenn Brooks Lexus sales are soaring in the UK, and all across the European continent, even in Germany. What's happened? New products, in short. Argu... 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making PLC

2 April 2015 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making PLC Graeme Roberts There was some good news for UK Auto Manufacturing Plc this week as Honda announced that its under-used European car plant in Swindo... 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


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h

14 November 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h Glenn Brooks After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the next step in i... read more


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs at Ford

7 November 2014 | Graeme Roberts

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Musical chairs at Ford Graeme Roberts We've just this afternoon had official confirmation of what became this week's biggest news - as broken this morning by just-auto , top ... read more


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (3)

29 August 2014 | Sabine Blümel

August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (3) Sabine Blümel In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag o... 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: 2014 Lexus CT 200h

3 June 2014 | Glenn Brooks

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Lexus CT 200h Glenn Brooks With sales up 36% in *April, and 35% for the year to date, Lexus is surging up the sales charts in Britain, and has even overtaken Mitsubishi Motors... read more


Management Briefing: Beyond the BRICs: Indonesia

30 May 2014 | Dave Leggett

Management Briefing: Beyond the BRICs: Indonesia Dave Leggett In this month's management briefing we take a look at selected emerging markets "beyond the BRICs". In this instalment, we take a look ... 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


September 2013 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA retrospective

17 September 2013 | Glenn Brooks

September 2013 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA retrospective Glenn Brooks Our detailed look at Europe's largest motor show of 2013 - the Frankfurt IAA - forms a two part series for this month's m... 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


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Must be August and time for an ice cream...

23 August 2013 | Dave Leggett

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Must be August and time for an ice cream... Dave Leggett It may be August with half the world out of the office and on the beach, but there seems to have been plenty going on in th... 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


PRODUCT EYE: Toyota RAV4 2.0 CVT

10 June 2013 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: Toyota RAV4 2.0 CVT Glenn Brooks Glenn Brooks examines Toyota's attempt to regain dominance of the global C-SUV segment with its new generation RAV4. Some weeks I end up putting a l... read more


May 2013 management briefing: ASEAN growth prospects (2)

29 May 2013 | Mark Bursa

May 2013 management briefing: ASEAN growth prospects (2) Mark Bursa In the last decade of last century, before the term “BRICs” had even been coined, there was another acronym that loomed... read more


PRODUCT EYE: The GBP35,000 Kia Sorento

27 May 2013 | Glenn Brooks

PRODUCT EYE: The GBP35,000 Kia Sorento Glenn Brooks Glenn Brooks tries the latest Sorento and considers the arrival of the era of the GBP35,000 Kia. The claim of 'an all-new platform' by K... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Now entering new niche - BMW's 3 GT

8 May 2013 | Graeme Roberts

PRODUCT EYE: Now entering new niche - BMW's 3 GT Graeme Roberts There's lots of talk these days from auto industry executives about entering new segments or niches. Especially at BMW - and arch-rival... 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


November 2012 management briefing: world markets review (US)

29 November 2012 | Dave Leggett

November 2012 management briefing: world markets review (US) Dave Leggett In this month's management briefing we take a look at the latest developments in major vehicle markets around the world. In t... 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


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