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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 - Audi Q5 2.0 TDI and the future SQ5s

26 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Audi had an instant hit on its hands when it decided to take on the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 with the first Q5 in 2008. Which is why even with fresh engines and a thoroughly revamped platform, the new model looks not dissimilar to the previous one.


ANALYSIS - Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

25 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar’s new 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPE might have a great CO2 number but can its many attributes compare to the magnificence of the 575PS supercharged V8 which powers the SVR?


ANALYSIS - How EMP2 is key to Peugeot 3008 SUV

15 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Production of vehicles which share Groupe PSA's EMP2 architecture is on the rise, with one of the more successful being the Peugeot 3008. Even if its sales can't match those of the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan in Europe, this C segment SUV is greatly aiding Peugeot's mission to lift both image and margins.


ANALYSIS - updated Leon and future SEAT models

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

April was a great month for SEAT, with double digit percentage rises in the brand's top three markets of Spain, Germany and Britain. The Ibiza and Ateca were part of the reason for a surge to 41,400 SEAT registrations. So too was an updated Leon, deliveries of which are now gathering pace in all European countries.


ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks high margins with Traveller MPV

3 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but MPVs too. The Peugeot Traveller is one of three such models.


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.



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