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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Celerio the first of multiple future Suzukis 19 May 2015

Don't let the vanilla styling make you overlook the importance of the Celerio hatchback for Suzuki in Europe. The days of this brand being a body-on-frame SUV specialist are over, and multiple additional cars and crossovers are in the product pipeline.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Europe targets small fleets with Vignale 14 May 2015

Ford says it is targeting small fleet buyers with its premium feel Vignale sub-brand for Europe which will debut with the Mondeo Vignale.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New BlueHDi tech for Citroën C4 5 May 2015

The Peugeot 308 GT is not the only new PSA C segment hatchback to benefit from the group’s latest BlueHDi diesel engine technology. The Citroen C4 has also just been updated, gaining a 98g/km 2.0-litre engine.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDi 29 Apr 2015

Peugeot is trying to move its image and pricing to the space occupied by Volkswagen. Britain being the French brand’s third largest market, taking on the Golf here is key to its plan. The new 308 GT is an additional attempt to better compete with the UK’s best selling diesel car.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Subaru Impreza 24 Apr 2015

Thanks to a greatly improved yen-sterling exchange rate, Subaru's UK importer is now bringing in the Impreza once more. It might be a little anonymous in the looks department but to drive, there's character aplenty.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & Polo GTI 22 Apr 2015

A facelift, more power for the GTI and a new engine which, in the BlueGT, runs on four or two cylinders are some of the highlights of the latest Volkswagen Polo range.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Land Rover Defender 7 Apr 2015

It's like driving an old-shape Transit and some of the final versions will cost in excess of GBP60,000, but the Defender will be much missed once production ends later this year.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Boxster GTS 2 Apr 2015

Porsche's Europe-wide sales are by 43% so far this year. The addition of the Macan is obviously a big factor but so too is the firm's policy of adding derivatives throughout each model's lifecycle. The latest Boxster GTS is a case in point.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Range Rover Hybrid 2 Mar 2015

It’s 120kg heavier than its equivalent SDV6 variants, yet averages 30+mpg in the real world with 26% fewer emissions of CO2. It will glide in and out of your garage in silence but 700Nm of torque can be summoned in an instant - the Hybrid is a Range Rover like none other.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra 23 Feb 2015

Once the Volkswagen Group’s biggest underachiever, SEAT is succeeding at last. The evidence? In Germany it’s now a top-ten brand, and in the UK, it was just 47 cars behind Fiat in January.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo S80 D4 13 Feb 2015

This month marks nine years since the second generation S80 entered production, and by February 2016, its S90 successor will likely have appeared. Nonetheless, Volvo continues to tweak its largest sedan, with the Model Year 2015 S80 now on sale.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro 12 Feb 2015

The facelifted A6 range is now on sale in Britain. As well as the styling changes, emissions are claimed to be up to 22% lower, Matrix headlights are a new option, the CVT is replaced by a dual-clutch S tronic gearbox and EU6-compliant engines feature.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Range Rover Sport SDV8 6 Feb 2015

The 2015 model year Range Rover Sport is now on sale, and there are two main mechanical changes: an extra 40Nm of torque for the 4.4-litre diesel V8 and a new evolution of ZF’s 8HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 28 Jan 2015

At 2,350kg, it's easily the weightiest variant of the newly facelifted range. Somehow, though, the PHEV Cayenne is Porsche's most officially fuel efficient SUV yet.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Škoda Fabia 19 Jan 2015

The new Fabia five-door hatchback, on sale this month in Britain, is shorter but roomier and weighs an average 65kg less, boasts the largest boot in its segment and is competitively priced (from GBP10,600). But gone, sadly, is the vRS.

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