Our team bring you informed analysis of selected new vehicle models and put them in automotive industry perspective
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 biturbo 3.0-litre is also for the axe. No chance of a reprieve, Volvo?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Could this be the car to wrest control of the UK's B-hatchback class away from the Fiesta? With Ford of Europe extending the current model's lifecycle out to eight years, Vauxhall might just get lucky.
How might Maserati attain its worldwide sales goal of 75,000 cars a year by 2018? By adding new models and offering more diesels. To judge by the torque, CO2 average, economy and surprisingly burbly exhaust note of the diesel Ghibli, the firm might just hit its target.
Audi, or Peugeot? No contest. But what if the question is instead TT or RCZ R? Trickier. It would be ironic if PSA's cost cutting means this beautiful coupe won't have a replacement as the RCZ is already a successful, high-priced Peugeot.
Kia has just enjoyed its best September yet in Britain, with 13,292 cars delivered. And the top model? The Sportage, which is selling better than ever in recently updated form.
The current Continental GT has been on the market since early 2011 but Bentley continues to expand and update the range. A great excuse for just-auto to try the latest V8 S coupe.
Back in the 2000s, Ford do Brasil's EcoSport was one of the first B-SUVs to make it big in South America. Now, the second generation model has arrived in Europe.
Honda might be struggling with overall sales across Europe but there's no doubting the excellence of many of its cars. The latest Civic Tourer 1.8 i-VTEC proves that point.
If you like being looked at, you will love the i8. It turns the heads of seemingly everyone who sees you on the road, and even more so in carparks. To drive, it’s like no other supercar - BMW has created something very special.
The name remains but in every other way, Renault’s Twingo is truly all-new. This is also the first model to use Edison, a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive joint venture platform developed with Daimler. The days of spinning the back tyres on small cars have suddenly returned.
Known as the Prado in Asia-Pacific, Toyota Motor Europe's Land Cruiser is the second biggest SUV sold in this region. It's not cheap, but its 4x4 abilities are immense and the build quality and finish are Lexus-like.
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