Product Eye

Product Eye

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


ANALYSIS - Diesel and hybrid to come for new Honda Civic

24 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good news is that the tenth generation model is a big improvement on the outgoing 2HC.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 Apr 2017 | 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.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar

10 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's phase-out of all engines with a capacity greater than 1,969 cubic centimetres and with more than four cylinders continues. Sadly, the intoxicatingly tuneful in-line twin scroll turbo six which powered the V60 Polestar is no more, replaced by a supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E unit. So, what's the verdict on the new four-cylinder engine?


Volkswagen aiming for C segment leadership with updated Golf

4 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The updated Golf is now available in UK dealerships. As well as the facelift plus revisions to the interior which extend to class-first gesture controls, there are new engines too. The best selling individual variant is expected to be the GTD, powered by a 184PS version of the Volkswagen Group's 1,968cc four-cylinder diesel engine.


ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse

24 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Levorg and future Subarus

22 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru's UK importer believes there is a niche for the brand as "the affordable Land Rover", pricing its models between GBP18,000 and 32,000. A facelift for the Levorg crossover-estate is the latest news but the brand itself has quite a few more developments in the pipeline.


ANALYSIS - New C3 leads Citroën sales fightback

17 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's sales fightback continues, with Citroën starting to gain the new vehicles it has needed for some time to arrest falling sales across Europe. A new C3 is the latest fresh model to join the brand's line-up, with the first of several SUVs to come later in 2017.


Manufacturing (and driving) the world's fastest diesel car

13 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche says its new Panamera 4S is the world’s fastest diesel car. How fast? Top speed is 177mph and with launch control activated, zero to 62mph takes just 4.3 seconds.


New Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 - a 400km range electric car?

1 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Fresh from having sold almost 19,542 examples of the Zoe in 2016, Renault sees another good year ahead for the B segment electric hatchback. A new battery pack which promises up to 400km or a real world range of 300km is now available.


Multiple Opel-Vauxhall SUVs to follow new Mokka X

8 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen and General Motors Europe took different paths to the same place. Opel and Vauxhall were in the B-SUV segment years before almost all others with the Mokka. Meanwhile, VW still has no small SUV but dominates several larger classes in EU markets. Soon, GM Europe will begin adding three more SUVs in an attempt to take on Europe's number one brand.


Jaguar sales surge 76% due to F-PACE and XF

7 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

January was yet another excellent month in the UK for Jaguar, its sales rise of 20 per cent outpacing the market's 11 per per cent gain. Much of the additional volume is coming from the F-PACE, yet the brand's two youngest saloons are also doing well. The larger of those, the XF, has had some updates for model year 2017 and an estate will be added for MY2018.


ANALYSIS - VW Golf Clubsport & the next GTI

3 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The special edition Clubsport was created to commemorate four decades of the Gran Turismo (Fuel) Injection. With an engine which can produce up to 290PS, this is the most powerful front-wheel drive Golf currently on sale.


ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S90

31 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains.


ANALYSIS: How global will FCA go with Fiat Tipo?

27 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

One year on from the start of production in Turkey, Fiat’s low-cost replacement for the Bravo is selling well, especially in Italy and even in Mexico where it has Dodge Neon badges. Will this become a global model for China and Brazil too?



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