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Product Eye

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


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 super car - BMW has created something very special.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Renault Twingo 25 Sep 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 23 Sep 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Infiniti Q50 2.0t 19 Sep 2014

There was already a choice of V6 petrol hybrid or four-cylinder diesel power for Infiniti Europe's Q50. Now, Nissan's upscale division has added a second Mercedes-supplied engine.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2014 Peugeot 2008 1.2 VTi 82 17 Sep 2014

PSA built the 100,000th Peugeot 2008 after just nine months of production at the Mulhouse plant in France. Now, a night shift has just been added (15 September) to keep up with demand. What's driving this success?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Panamera 4S 9 Sep 2014

The name is the same but Porsche's latest Panamera 4S loses its normally aspirated V8 and gains a biturbo V6 that's not only more powerful but 20% more fuel efficient.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air 5 Sep 2014

Keen on the Fiat Panda Cross but don't need rear doors? General Motors Europe hopes you might be tempted by its new Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air, the European A segment's first open-topped three-door crossover.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën DS4 29 Aug 2014

Five years ago, the idea of Citroën selling more than a few thousand high priced cars each year would have been rightly ridiculed. How things have changed. And will keep changing, due to the many more DS models now under development.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche 911 Targa 4 26 Aug 2014

Porsche continues to expand the 911 range, with the Targa body style having just gone on sale in Britain. Could this be the best looking variant yet?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Škoda Octavia estate 4x4 22 Aug 2014

It's well known that the British love estates, one of the reasons why the UK is such an important market for Škoda. Multiple derivatives continue to be added to the Octavia estate range, including several with 4x4 drive.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 19 Aug 2014

Alhambra sales were up 19% worldwide in the first half of 2014, making it SEAT’s second most improved model after the León. This has also given the Palmela plant which builds it some overdue good news.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo XC70 14 Aug 2014

Volvo’s year on year sales for July were up by 37% in the UK. Much of the reason is an ongoing freshening of its cars. The updates continue, with a model year 2015 XC70 now on sale.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Range Rover L 11 Aug 2014

The long wheelbase Range Rover has taken the big 4x4 into GBP100,000-plus territory. Now there’s an even pricier Autobiography Black trim level, as well as model year 2015 changes.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen e-Golf 7 Aug 2014

Will the new plug-in Golf fry the Focus Electric and mulch the Leaf? It’s certainly good enough to become the sales leader in its class.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall VXR8 GTS 5 Aug 2014

Last year's Vauxhall VXR8 not powerful enough for you? No problem, this year's GTS adds an Eaton supercharger, 150 more horsepower and a perhaps surprising amount of refinement.

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