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Product Eye

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

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?

Can VW trump Toyota Hilux with new Amarok V6?

25 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.

Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.

ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

13 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2, returns more than 35mpg in the real world and sounds like no other previous Porsche engine.

Refreshed Clio helps Renault UK to five-year sales high

5 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The changes are subtle but a facelift and a new 110hp diesel engine have played a role in giving the revised Clio a major sales boost in Britain.

ANALYSIS - The CFRP & aluminium Audi R8 V10 plus

19 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have a 449kW (610PS) V10 engine but without its lightweight hybrid platform, the Audi R8 V10 plus wouldn't have such devastating performance. How devastating? Top speed is 330km/h (205mph) and zero to 100km/h takes just 3.2 seconds.

Toyota launches C-HR crossover for Europe sales boost

15 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is hoping that its new C-HR crossover will bring an incremental sales boost of around 100,000 units a year in Europe. The ambitious target equates to an 11% segment share and reflects the company's assessment that the tech-heavy car will straddle market segments and attract new buyers from premium brands as well as mainstream ones.

Why the Mazda6 is outselling some D-premium models

12 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Mazda sells more cars in Europe than either JLR, Suzuki or Honda, but has no factory in the region. Now its models are becoming increasingly premium, with the 2017 model year Mazda6 a good example of that. What is the company’s secret recipe for this success?

Hyundai i20 Turbo - are three cylinders enough?

9 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

You could be excused for overlooking the Hyundai i20. The styling isn’t memorable, but a new three-cylinder turbo petrol engine gives this two-year old car fresh appeal in what is a crowded B-hatchback segment.

Audi finds another niche with RS Q3 performance

6 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 367PS RS Q3 performance might seem like a model which no-one asked for. Small sales numbers but big margins from high-priced niche vehicles such as this one are, however, what have helped to keep Audi ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Innovative Faurecia seats for new Renault Scénic

5 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Designed with the capability to have 48V electrics for next year's Hybrid Assist variants, the new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic also have the ingenious one-touch folding seats which Faurecia invented for the Espace.

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