Product Eye

Product Eye

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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf R 1 Aug 2014

With a zero to 62mph time of just five seconds, this is the fastest Golf yet. But does the 300PS (221kW), four-wheel drive R live up to the hype?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian 29 Jul 2014

It might be about to enter its ninth year of production but the L200 pick-up remains competitive and has aided Mitsubishi Motors Europe's 23% year-on-year H1 sales rise.


The sales target might be modest but there's no denying the ability of BMW's newest model, the Macan and Evoque-challenging X4.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi R8 16 Jul 2014

It's now more than seven years since the Audi R8 went on sale, but the car's development by quattro GmbH is continuing right to the end of production.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: D-Max lifts Isuzu sales by 85% 10 Jul 2014

Despite having a one-model range, Isuzu sales have been rising strongly in 2014, and outpacing the market. In June alone, volumes were up by 85%.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën C4 Cactus 8 Jul 2014

With innovations galore, including air-filled bumpers, low CO2 thanks to a base weight of under a tonne, and production ramping up at a once-doomed Spanish plant, the Citroën C4 Cactus is very much the new, profit-driven face of PSA.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën C1 4 Jul 2014

We first saw the second generation C1 alongside the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo at the Geneva motor show in March. Production is now ramping up, and UK deliveries are about to commence.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: [data added] Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer 4 Jul 2014

While PSA, Renault, Ford and Toyota struggle in Europe's D segment, Opel-Vauxhall boasts of 100,000 Insignia orders since the facelifted model was launched at September 2013's Frankfurt show. What's GM Europe's secret ingredient?

COMMENT: UK wrestles with Brexit/Scotland dilemma 3 Jul 2014

In the - presumably now smoke-free - corridors of the European Commission (EC) last week - Britain's Prime Minister - with his Hungarian counterpart - raged against the leviathan machine of Brussels - and lost.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 26 Jun 2014

The arrival of the Gran Coupé sees BMW expanding the 4 Series to three body styles. How does this new hatchback compare to the rival Audi A5 Sportback?

NEW PRODUCT: Redesigned Toyota Aygo adds customisation options 19 Jun 2014

Discussion amongst journalists attending the European launch of Toyota's redesigned Aygo A-segment city car centred around the engine - had the automaker done enough?

NEW PRODUCT: Nissan unveils the 'big box Leaf' 12 Jun 2014

Commercial vehicle operators approach the appraisal of a new vehicle with a completely different approach to a private car buyer or company car 'user chooser'. Considerations such as paint colour range, and the availability of options such as Bluetooth, satnav, rear view camera and various safety items do get considered but only after cost - how much to buy or lease, how much to run?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Toyota GT86 6 Jun 2014

Barely two years since FHI built the first 86 for Toyota, the 100,000th car has just been announced, as has Toyota Motor Europe’s revised ‘2015 model year’ GT86.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Lexus CT 200h 3 Jun 2014

With sales up 36% in *April, and 35% for the year to date, Lexus is surging up the sales charts in Britain, and has even overtaken Mitsubishi Motors. The latest CT 200h is leading the charge as premium segment buyers have at last begun to embrace hybrid cars.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini Cooper S 30 May 2014

Pictures can lie - in the metal, the new Mini is easy to tell from BMW’s second generation model. But what’s it like to drive, and is the Cooper S good enough to see off its rivals?

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