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Product Eye

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

ANALYSIS - Can the new Ateca SUV make SEAT self-funding?

29 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Profitable at last, could SEAT one day become self-funding? That’s what it has to do but to get there, higher-margin models are needed. The new Ateca is the first of these.

ANALYSIS - Porsche Macan GTS

25 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The F-PACE is now Jaguar’s best seller, a new Audi Q5 will soon be in showrooms and Alfa Romeo has just revealed the Stelvio with claims that it has better handling than Porsche’s smallest SUV. Can the Macan maintain its segment leadership?

ANALYSIS - Maserati Levante biturbo diesel

23 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but Maserati's first SUV is now being rolled out across global markets. Right-hand drive production started recently with vehicles for the UK headed to showrooms in the coming days. Here, with 96% of the car's segment being diesel, there will be only one engine, a VM Motori 3.0-litre V6.

Captur sales plunge as Peugeot refreshes 2008

8 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have lost its title of top selling B-SUV to the Captur earlier this year but Peugeot’s newly updated 2008 is suddenly outselling its rival in France.

Audi's Q2 makes the case for petrol

7 Nov 2016 | Calum MacRae

The new Audi Q2 begins deliveries to UK customers next weekend (12th November), but before then the UK motoring press were invited to a first drive in the Suffolk countryside in early November.

New Optima PHEV & estate help Kia UK outsell Hyundai

4 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

While other car makers are scaling down their model ranges in Europe’s non-premium D segment, Kia is doing the opposite. A new estate and a PHEV saloon are new additions to the Optima range. Last month, they even helped Kia to outsell Hyundai in the UK.

Model year 2017 V40 and future Volvos

28 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Four years on from its release, the V40 has come in for some styling changes and other revisions. Such has been the car's success in the C-premium segment, it's hard to believe this model was derived from the low volume C30, itself a vehicle that used a lot of Ford technology from the 2000s.

Driving the McLaren 650S Spider

27 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 650S Spider isn’t the fastest car that McLaren Automotive has made during its five years of existence; that title belongs to the limited build P1. Yet it is quicker than the ballistically rapid BMW V12-powered F1.

Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.

Driving the 168mph Lexus GS F

14 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Do we think of Lexus as a performance brand? Not usually. The LF-A was a few years ago now and the RC F is rarely seen on British roads. The newest F is the GS and while it will sell in only the tiniest of volumes, BMW and Mercedes-AMG buyers shouldn't dismiss it.

GTE - the GBP40,000 plug-in Volkswagen Passat

13 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Forty grand for a Passat. That sounds a lot doesn't it? In fairness, you don't have to pay that much for the plug-in hybrid GTE, with prices starting at close to GBP36,000 before the government grant. The top of the line Advance trim level, though, costs just over GBP40,000, making this the priciest Passat yet.

BMW 3 Series PHEV & future electric models

7 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Those who doubt the appeal of plug-in hybrids should try the BMW 330e. Instant and abundant torque, a silent surge of electric or petrol turbo power plus low emissions and excellent fuel economy make this the best all-rounder in the 3 Series range.

Renault goes after Golf GTI with new Mégane GT

3 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The new Mégane range is the biggest factor in Renault's continued sales rises across European markets. According to ACEA data, the brand is now ahead of Ford, making it the region's number two make behind Volkswagen, and proving the wisdom of investments in new products rather than letting top sellers grow old.

Driving the 570PS & 176mph Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

26 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been in production for more than six years now so to keep the Cayenne range competitive against newer, lighter SUVs, Porsche’s solution is to add power and torque. The latest Turbo S is the result.

Volkswagen Caravelle T6 - taking the fifty grand bus

14 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has dipped into its heritage with a new edition of the Caravelle. Two-tone paint and chrome-effect wheels are links to the split-screen Type 1 model of the 1960s. Yet at a recommended retail price of GBP53,610 (US$70,727), this is not quite the affordable converted van of yesteryear.

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