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Product Eye

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

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Mitsubishi Shogun 9 Jan 2015

The Discovery will be 11 this year, but one of its rivals is older still. Launched in Japan more than 15 years ago, Mitsubishi's biggest SUV has had yet another facelift.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake 7 Jan 2015

The era of the GBP80,000+ Jaguar estate has arrived. That's quite a reach for the seven-year old XF range. JLR won't sell many R-S Sportbrakes but it's a gutsy move to get this brand up into the maximum-margin segments, and boost the image of cheaper models.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: (Citroën) DS 3 facelift 2 Jan 2015

The newly updated DS 3 is now bordering on true premium qualities and status. But with PSA insisting that DS is a brand, why is there still Citroën badging?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Great Wall Steed 23 Dec 2014

In a decade's time, will Great Wall have become a rising force across European markets in the way that Hyundai and Kia are now? The newly revised Steed pick-up certainly shows there is potential.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Hyundai Veloster - why its death matters 17 Dec 2014

It’s not often that a vehicle is killed off just days after just-auto drives it. The lack of a diesel engine did for the Hyundai Veloster in Britain but the car is, however, still very much alive elsewhere.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Dacia Duster 9 Dec 2014

You say DAY-see'a, I say DAH-chee'a, others say Datch-ya. The pronunciation hardly matters, and nor does the odd Duster model name when Renault's low-cost brand is doing so well, especially in the UK.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTE 2 Dec 2014

When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Scirocco TDI 150 DSG 28 Nov 2014

Fresh from a mid-cycle update, the VW Scirocco is something of a survivor. While a few new entries such as the Veloster have appeared in its segment, most former rivals have now vanished as buyers continue to switch to crossovers and premium brand coupes.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo V60 Polestar 25 Nov 2014

Yes, it's thirsty but the straight-six under the bonnet of the new V60 Polestar is Volvo's best sounding engine yet. Even better than the sadly short-lived V8. Such a shame then that the turbo 3.0-litre is also for the axe. No chance of a reprieve, Volvo?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI 21 Nov 2014

It can't catch the sixth place Qashqai but the recently facelifted VW Polo is now the UK's seventh best seller, ahead of the entire Audi A3 range.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h 14 Nov 2014

After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the next step in its plan to become a sports-premium brand.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1 7 Nov 2014

Given how long Audi has been having success with marketing quattro as a sub-brand, it's surprising how long it took to release a series production small car with all-wheel drive. Was the S1 worth the wait?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf SV (Sportsvan) 4 Nov 2014

When it first appeared, the Golf Plus seemed to be answering a question no-one was asking. But Volkswagen had seen an opportunity, and around 150,000 were built and sold worldwide in this model's best years. Now comes the replacement, the Sportsvan, or in Britain, the SV.

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