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Product Eye

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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI 21 Nov 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h 14 Nov 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1 7 Nov 2014

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?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf SV (Sportsvan) 4 Nov 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Corsa 31 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Maserati Ghibli diesel 29 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R 21 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Kia Sportage 17 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Bentley Continental GT V8 S 14 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford EcoSport 7 Oct 2014

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Honda Civic Tourer 3 Oct 2014

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.

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.

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