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ANALYSIS - Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI 16 Jan 2019

Column: Product Eye

Volvo's success with the V90 proves there is strong demand for premium-priced estates in certain mainly northern European countries. Which is why Audi sees a worthwhile opportunity for its latest A6 Avant in not only Sweden and Germany but Britain too.


Defiant Volkswagen gives Touareg a new diesel 3 Jan 2019

Column: Product Eye

Unlike the previous Touareg, the new model won't ever be truly global, as Volkswagen will not offer it in North America. That means the major markets should be China, Russia and Europe. So is it the right size for Europeans and how will buyers respond to the brand's decision to boost rather than reduce the model's diesel engine choices?


I-Pace - a preview of Jaguar's electric future? 21 Dec 2018

Column: Product Eye

Probably because of how far worldwide sales of the XE and XF have fallen, nowadays JLR rarely alerts the media to its brands' performance by model. Which makes some of us wonder just how strong demand for the Jaguar I-Pace may or may not be.


Will new 2HX CR-V give Honda Europe the boost it needs? 13 Dec 2018

Column: Product Eye

What Honda claims is 'the world's best selling SUV' is newly available in European countries, some two years since the 2HX series model went on sale in the USA. Major changes over the former 2WS include the option of a seven-seat layout, the deletion of the diesel engine and the choice of turbocharged petrol powertrains, one of which is a hybrid.


Will Kia succeed with multi-model Ceed plans? 10 Dec 2018

Column: Product Eye

Kia Motors Europe is just weeks away from an annual sales record by crossing the half-million mark. In Britain, KME's best market, the brand will get close to six figures, the year-to-date total being 91,954 cars, some 6,000 ahead of Hyundai. The increasingly sought-after third generation Ceed is the new growth driver, building on the strong performance of the Sportage.


ANALYSIS - Range Rover Sport SDV8 29 Nov 2018

Column: Product Eye

Porsche has pulled the 4.0-litre engine out of the Cayenne, while Audi, BMW and Mercedes offer a maximum of six-cylinders in their new Q8, X5 and GLE SUVs respectively. Land Rover therefore suddenly finds itself in the fortuitous position of having no direct rivals for its latest Range Rover SDV8.


Skoda Octavia Scout - Europe's Outback conquerer 26 Nov 2018

Column: Product Eye

Subaru, mighty in the US, has only a small following in Europe, so the rarity of the Outback crossover means an opportunity for others. The number one beneficiary is Skoda, the Octavia Scout dominating its segment.


ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia 21 Nov 2018

Column: Product Eye

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place in the European region, placing it ahead of Toyota for the year to the end of October.


Has Audi created a new segment with the Q8? 15 Nov 2018

Column: Product Eye

Once again, Audi is ahead of rivals in finding yet another market niche. This time it's for a big SUV-coupé, the new Q8 being lengthier than the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport which some claim are its natural rivals.


F90 M5 - BMW's first four-wheel drive M car 12 Nov 2018

Column: Product Eye

With 441kW or 600 horsepower on tap, the latest M5 is the most powerful car yet from BMW's M division. Taming its 750Nm of torque meant the chassis engineers decided to give this super-sedan four-wheel drive for the first time in the model's history.


Kia overtakes Hyundai in EU thanks to Sportage 25 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

WLTP changes made for a strange September, with Opel-Vauxhall Europe's number one ahead of BMW, Mercedes and Ford with Volkswagen plunging to fifth. Of all the brands in the top ten, Kia, in ninth place ahead of Hyundai, was the only one to post higher sales. That wasn't due to a fluke month either, it was thanks to multiple new models and a freshened Sportage in particular.


ANALYSIS - ZS SUV powering MG UK's 101% sales rise 18 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

MG Motor has found a sweet spot in the UK market for compact SUVs, slotting its best seller, the 4.3m long ZS, between the traditional 4.0-4.2m B and 4.4-4.7m C segments. Thanks to low pricing and a seven-year warranty, buyers are responding, also making MG the market's fastest rising brand.


Driving the LEVC TX electric taxi 16 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

The first new black taxi in twenty years is fast becoming a popular sight on the streets of London. It's much larger, infinitely quieter, has no tailpipe emissions unless the range extender engine is activated and out of stop-start traffic, can even be good fun to drive.


Alpine A110 - has Renault made a Porsche beater? 10 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

The reinvention of Alpine as a high priced sports car marque seems to be working, as deliveries of the A110 accelerate towards the 2,000 level a year after production commenced. Just how good is the car itself though?


Updated Mazda6 moves brand ever closer to premium 4 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

Is Mazda knocking on the door of that elite club called Premium Brands? The signs have been there for a while, as each new model released over the last couple of years looks and feels ever more upscale. The newly updated Mazda6 adds greatly to that impression.


Does understatement keep the VW Golf ahead of rivals? 3 Oct 2018

Column: Product Eye

The Golf is six years old, twice the age of the somehow far less popular Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Ford of Europe's new Focus ought to be pummeling its elderly rival but that isn't happening either. Toyota, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Kia - the list of major makes selling cars in the C segment which Volkswagen's long-time king stays ahead of is long. What is the Golf's secret?


Volkswagen torques up Amarok with new 580Nm V6 20 Sep 2018

Column: Product Eye

It's coming up for nine years old and still the VW Amarok powers on, recently gaining a range-topping diesel V6. But is it good enough to beat the similarly powered and equally pricey new Mercedes X 350 d?


Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 2018 13 Sep 2018

Column: Product Eye

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchback in India this year and more than 100,000 in Europe.


i30 N shows Volkswagen should fear Hyundai 10 Sep 2018

Column: Product Eye

Who would have thought even five years ago that Hyundai would be an equal to Renaultsport? The expanding N division is also now a threat to VW’s GTI models.


Arona heralds a family of future SUVs for SEAT 30 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

Not too long ago, SEAT was a troubled member of the Volkswagen clan. Money slipped through its fingers, no-one quite knowing how the Spanish adoptee could be made to feel what its role should be. Now things have changed with the newly confident division's models much in demand.


WK Grand Cherokee and future Jeeps 24 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

Is there no stopping Jeep? Even in China, where sales of SUVs continue to fall, the American make is bucking the trend. In the USA, deliveries for July were in record territory. The Grand Cherokee accounts for much of the brand's success and is on course to cross the quarter million sales mark by year end.


Major update for MG3 as future model plans are revealed 20 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

The Polo-sized MG3 first went on sale in its native China in 2012. Facelifted eighteen months later, and then for a second time in 2017, the updated car is finally arriving in Britain dealerships. The SAIC-owned MG Motor UK, the country's fastest rising brand of 2018, has also just laid out its future model plans.


Stelvio proves the Alfa Romeo doubters wrong 17 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

The Giulia showed that if given proper attention by its parent, Alfa Romeo could be successfully reinvented. The Stelvio further demonstrates the depth of engineering and design talent within Fiat Chrysler. Which only makes the minor flaws of this SUV all the more maddening: with just a little more money invested in certain components, Alfa's first SUV could beat the BMW X3 to become best-in-segment.


Mercedes tech for updated SsangYong Turismo 9 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

Even though its shareholding in SsangYong was sold long ago, Daimler retains links to the Mahindra-owned maker of mainly SUVs. Not only does the just-updated Turismo gain a new Mercedes-Benz transmission but Daimler's W124 platform, albeit much modified, remains the basis of this big MPV.


ANALYSIS - VW483 Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI Evo 1 Aug 2018

Column: Product Eye

After launching the CC-replacing Arteon a year ago in Europe with a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, Volkswagen has now added its 1.5-litre TSI, extending the all-turbo line-up of this big fastback.


Jaguar XF Sportbrake diesel - greener than any Tesla? 25 Jul 2018

Column: Product Eye

Is a large, heavy Jaguar estate powered by a diesel engine which produces 700Nm of torque and 300PS far less planet-harming than any Tesla?


ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future 18 Jul 2018

Column: Product Eye

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.


ANALYSIS - F39 BMW X2 targets Range Rover Evoque 16 Jul 2018

Column: Product Eye

BMW keeps on filling out its Sport Activity Vehicle line-up, making 2018 a busy year for the brand's SAVs. The X7 will soon act as a new bookend to a range which starts with the X1. A new X5 is imminent, while the second generation X4 is arriving at dealerships. The line-up was recently completed - for now at least - by the X2, a 4,360mm long Range Rover Evoque rival.


BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward 11 Jul 2018

Column: Product Eye

A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady success? That could be why Subaru of America has climbed ten places in as many years and is closing on Hyundai. BMW may be experimenting with this idea, adding to its recent progress: last month, Mercedes-Benz USA was pushed aside. And here in Britain, BMW was the UK's number two brand in June, outselling Ford.


Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism] 6 Jul 2018

Column: Product Eye

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, production shifts are being added and the brand is pulling further ahead of GM Korea and Renault Samsung.

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