Our team bring you informed analysis of selected new vehicle models and put them in automotive industry perspective
22 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Remember when the BMW 3 Series seemed unassailable in the UK and the rest of the European region? The latest Audi A4, which is especially popular as a wagon, is now outselling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the 3er.
16 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks
CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.
10 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks
It might have raised suspension and wheelarches bedecked with chunks of grey plastic, but Volkswagen isn't calling its new Beetle Dune a crossover. Instead, it's meant to remind us of the ‘Baja Bugs’ associated with west coast America and off road racing. Can this new derivative give the now five year old third generation Beetle a sales boost?
9 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks
The newly revised DS 3 is more convincing as a premium model than the original but as the brand’s volume product, it has a lot of pressure on it to perform.
29 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Volvo has gone one way with its four-cylinder petrol-electric plug-in XC90, while Audi believes Europeans wanting a plug-in hybrid SUV will prefer V6 diesel power. How does the first plug-in Q model for this region measure up?
28 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Does the arrival of the Kia Niro mean the end for the plug-in Soul? Not at all, especially in Europe where the market for EVs fell just short of 99,000 units in the first half of this year.
27 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, the Astra pulling past the VW Polo in June to become the UK’s sixth best selling model.
22 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up by 177% in the first half of 2016.
21 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Are there really people who think the 585PS 4.0-litre biturbo V8 S8 is too slow? It seems so, as Audi now sells a 605PS plus variant which also has a handy lift in torque to 750Nm.
13 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Porsche’s worldwide sales were up by just three percent in the first half of 2016 but the 911 is doing better than that, deliveries rising by 10 percent. That’s thanks to the release of a model which has had so many changes in mid-life that it even gains a new project code: 991.2, as opposed to 991 for the series which first appeared in late 2011.
11 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
Never a big seller, nonetheless JLR does have plans to replace the now six years old Jaguar XJ. That won’t be for another three years but in the meantime, a package of tech updates and a new diesel are paying sales dividends.
7 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks
The latest 500 is a worthy update of what had already been a big seller, especially in European countries. Like Mini, this is an expanding franchise, as the 500e, 500X, 500L and 500 L Living/MPW prove. FCA has further plans to add even more derivatives, each of which should aid the ongoing cause of a major revival in the fortunes of the Fiat brand.
6 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Audi's updated A3, launched in Europe last April, has reached the UK with new driver assistance systems and engines plus the usual 'mid life facelift' updated headlights and tail lights and other minor styling tweaks. The Audi 'virtual cockpit' is also available in a range that encompasses three- and five-door hatchbacks (the latter dubbed Sportback), a sedan and cabriolet. There are also sport S3 versions, and (not for the UK) electrified e-tron plus g-tron gas-fuelled models.
4 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Volkswagen's mid-life Update for the Up can be summed up as more poke, more connectivity and more customisation. Simple as that.
24 Jun 2016 | Graeme Roberts
It didn't take too long on the Volvo S90/V90 international media launch in sunny southern Spain for Naughty Boy here to get a lecture on Volvo driving.