Product Eye

Product Eye

Our team bring you informed analysis of selected new vehicle models and put them in automotive industry perspective



VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Land Rover Discovery & 2017 L462 24 Aug 2015

It might be more than a decade old but the Discovery is still one of the best four by fours that money can buy - constant development, including the latest Euro 6 compliant diesel engine, has ensured that.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volvo S60 & V60 Cross Country 20 Aug 2015

In releasing the new S60 Cross Country, Volvo thinks there might just be a niche for an extended ground clearance D segment sedan. And, the company is hedging its bets, by also launching the V60 Cross Country estate.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Euro 6 Sorento 2.2 diesel & future Kia SUVs 17 Aug 2015

The Sorento must surely be one of Kia Motors’ most profitable vehicles, especially in Europe. British market prices now stretch beyond the GBP40,000 mark, which arguably makes the latest model a premium brand vehicle.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Subaru Outback & future models to 2021 13 Aug 2015

It's a big seller in the USA, but here in Europe, the latest Subaru Outback is a fairly rare sight. That's a shame, as it makes a terrific family car and its rev-happy Boxer diesel engine is a brilliant piece of engineering for enthusiast owners.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi risks a diesel-only strategy for new Q7 6 Aug 2015

A plug-in hybrid e-tron is coming in 2016 but Audi UK is about to launch the new Q7 with just one engine: a 272PS 3.0-litre TDI. Will that be enough to tackle the multi-engine new Volvo XC90, a car Audi admits is likely to become the segment leader?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Corsa VXR & Opel-Vauxhall's product pipeline 29 Jul 2015

GM Europe's Mokka is one of the most successful B-SUVs in the region, but does that mean that few people are interested in a pricey Corsa? Not at all, with orders for Opel's new OPC and Vauxhall's just-launched VXR soon to cross the 1,500 cars mark.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New DS 5 & the future of PSA's luxury brand 21 Jul 2015

It will soon be 60 years since the Citroën DS was revealed to dropped jaws at the 1955 Paris motor show. Now, PSA has a more subtle desire to create a luxury brand based on this car's name. Will a quiet, slow, relentless, Lexus-style approach work?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda6 & future models 17 Jul 2015

As noted recently on just-auto, Mazda is on a roll in its home market but it’s also doing very well in North America, China, Australia and across Europe. The company's largest sedan and its only estate car has been refreshed and is now selling better than ever.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2 Series Gran Tourer & future UKL1 platform BMWs 13 Jul 2015

As recent registrations data from Germany reveal, BMW's decision to spread engineering resources into additional models has brought good and bad news. Now, the just-launched LWB 2 Series MPV should, the firm hopes, attract many conquest sales.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Rio & Kia's future small cars 8 Jul 2015

In South Korea it's always been the Pride, in China it's the K2, while in Europe and the Americas, Kia's B-hatchback is called Rio. The recently updated model is a solid cornerstone for its maker's future small car ambitions, worldwide.


ANALYSIS: 2015 WRX STI & Subaru’s future SGP vehicles 6 Jul 2015

Infamous as the ATM ram raiders' getaway vehicle of choice, the WRX STI brings Subaru lots of welcome and unwelcome publicity. For all that, this compact super-fast sedan remains an engineering tour de force and a seriously exciting car to drive.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda CX-5 & future crossovers 30 Jun 2015

Updated for 2015, the latest Euro 6-compliant Mazda6 has also had a mid-life facelift. A policy of short life cycles for major models is one of the factors driving ever rising sales, allied to the addition of crossovers into yet more segments.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience blazes trail for future SE376 SUV 26 Jun 2015

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish brand. The most recent addition, the X-Perience, means the line-up now includes a crossover too.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Auris adds clever small gasoline engine 24 Jun 2015

Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to its revised Auris model. The company says the new four-cylinder direct injection unit delivers performance similar to that of a 1.6-litre engine but with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Maserati Quattroporte & future plans 23 Jun 2015

Sales of the Jaguar XJ might be stuck at saddening levels, but another 'old' brand is having much success with its own full sized luxury saloon.


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