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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Tivoli and future SsangYong SUVs 18 Sep 2015

Impressed by Jaguar's 203% year on year sales rise in August? That's of course down to the addition of the XE, but the leaping cat brand wasn't the British market's fastest riser last month: that award goes to SsangYong, its registrations rocketing by 262%. The new Tivoli has clearly hit the market at exactly the right time.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Euro 6 Cherokee diesel & future Jeeps 17 Sep 2015

Is there a better example of the integration of FCA's R&D and manufacturing operations than the Jeep Cherokee? A front- and all-wheel drive Fiat CUSW platform, production in the US but soon to be expanded to China, and plans to develop additional models based on shared platforms - Jeep might have an all-American image but this is now a global brand.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: VW Passat 2.0 TDI Euro 6 11 Sep 2015

It might only be the third best seller in its UK market class, but the Passat is climbing quietly up the sales charts. Last month, it even outsold one of the big success stories of 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 3 Sep 2015

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 Eos hasn't been replaced and the facelifted Golf Cabrio won't be in showrooms until February, so the Beetle Cabrio now has its chance to shine.

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.

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