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G20 and G21 BMW 3 Series diesels go mild hybrid 7 Aug 2020

Column: Product Eye

Eighteen months in since production of the latest 3 Series commenced, BMW continues to tweak its best selling car via additional engines and updates for the operating system. With the addition of the G21 estate to the G20 and China's G28 extended wheelbase Li sedans, the range of body styles is also now complete.


Honda e - finally an electric car to lust after 3 Aug 2020

Column: Product Eye

Retro-cute looks and snazzy interiors are not normally what we associate with Hondas sold in the European region. In that context the new e is revolutionary stuff.


Stinger GT S - is the 168 mph Kia still relevant? 28 Jul 2020

Column: Product Eye

Soon to reach the mid-point of its life cycle, some would say the Kia Stinger has become something of a glorious anachronism. It's rear-wheel drive, decidedly non-digital, and in GT S form has a high-revving turbo V6 which can push it to an insane top speed.


Tesla who? Renault Zoe becomes Europe's best selling EV 23 Jul 2020

Column: Product Eye

Last year, Renault gave the Zoe - then six years old - a minor exterior makeover. More importantly, the interior was completely revamped and a bigger battery plus more powerful motor became available. These changes have greatly improved what was already one of the most appealing EVs available in the European region. Now, as a result of lavish government incentive programmes, sales are surging.


Mazda finds the SUV sweet spot with CX-30 17 Jul 2020

Column: Product Eye

How does Mazda do it? In a world of so many lookalike crossovers, SUVs and cars, the brand's models maintain a consistent, premium appearance. What's more, each is somehow distinctive while the interiors use imaginative shapes and well crafted materials to give a near-BMW feel. The CX-30 is the latest example of these things.


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet 24 Jun 2020

Column: Product Eye

The press launch had to be cancelled due to you-know-what and now, just as the first examples of the T-Roc Cabriolet are turning up at Volkswagen's UK dealerships, journalists are at last able to try the car. A two-door, fabric-top SUV with no four-wheel drive capability sounds like a strange thing yet in practice, it has quite a lot of appeal.


New Peugeot 208 - lockdown leads to lion love 29 May 2020

Column: Product Eye

Before their main markets collapsed, the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 were neck and neck in Europe. One of them should end 2020 as top dog of the 4m long hatchback segment. Whatever the result, the little Peugeot matters more as its CMP architecture will likely form the basis of future Fiats and Jeeps.


Could Puma lead Ford of Europe rebound? 6 May 2020

Column: Product Eye

Just before the big markets of Europe fell apart, the new Puma got off to a very strong start, particularly in Italy and Britain. Might that stand this new crossover in good stead once a regional recovery begins?


Why the 400 PS Audi RS Q3 Sportback matters 16 Apr 2020

Column: Product Eye

It's a terrible time to be launching any high priced, high performance SUV. Still, the importance of the Q3 Sportback including its RS derivative are clear. They're part of a raft of additional models which includes the e-tron Sportback and later this year, a Q5 Sportback. Has Audi found a lucrative set of new niches?


Why the new Superb PHEV is vital for Skoda 7 Apr 2020

Column: Product Eye

Škoda's has many electrified models on the way, including the Kodiaq iV, Octavia iV and Octavia RS iV petrol plug-in hybrids, with the fully electric Enyaq iV due to join the Citigoe iV. This armada is being led by the company's biggest, most expensive car, the Superb, in 1.4-litre iV form.


300 horsepower T-Roc R steps in for fastest Golf 1 Apr 2020

Column: Product Eye

Is there really a market for a T-Roc with the 300 PS turbo TSI from the former Golf R shoehorned under its bonnet? The fact that a replacement for the fastest Golf is now least six months away suddenly makes this GBP37,000+ C-SUV an important addition to the range.


2020 Nissan Navara - safer and cleaner 20 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

Six years old and likely to have many more remaining in the production cycle, the Nissan Navara has had an update for 2020. This, one of the world's best selling pick-ups, available in 109 markets and built in multiple regions, now has a 2.3-litre diesel which complies with Euro 6d Temp plus a raft of other engineering improvements.


PSA reboots Vauxhall Astra with I3 engines 17 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

With a life cycle that will last only six years, Groupe PSA might not have bothered to facelift what General Motors termed the D2JO and D2JOW Astra five-door and estate. The cars have indeed had their looks refreshed and more importantly, their powertrains too with GM engines out and three-cylinder PSA petrols and diesels in.


BMW launches F44 2 Series Gran Coupé 13 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

The worldwide sales launch for F44 has begun. BMW's new 4.5m long sedan is aimed mainly at the USA - expected to take 25 per cent of global volume - where, in the absence of the 1 Series, it becomes the brand's entry-level model. In Europe, Germany is seen as the top market, followed by the UK where 6,000 sales are forecast for the first full year.


New Renault Clio - will it top the segment in 2020? 12 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

It can't catch the Golf but with almost 320,000 delivered last year the Clio is Europe's second best selling vehicle. By evolving the looks of the fourth generation model, Renault has taken the opposite approach to what Peugeot did in creating the distinctive new 208. Will that work to keep Clio 5 on top?


'Twin dosing' tech for Volkswagen Passat TDI Evo 9 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

Volkswagen is claiming an 80 per cent reduction in NOX levels for the Passat's latest 2.0-litre diesel engine compared to the previous 2.0 TDI. The key is what it calls 'twin dosing', the double injection of AdBlue into the exhaust system.


ANALYSIS - Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 PHEV 2 Mar 2020

Column: Product Eye

Vauxhall is launching a two-motor, four-wheel drive PHEV version of its Grandland X. It's powerful, fast and economical but can be pricey in top trim level form.


ANALYSIS - Ford Focus ST diesel 27 Feb 2020

Column: Product Eye

Market leader Ford says it will be boosting the appeal of the Focus this year within a 48V mild hybrid petrol powertrain. No doubt the C02 number will be good but will there be as much combined vim and sensibility as can be found in the ST 2.0-litre diesel, surely the best Focus yet?


ANALYSIS - Volvo XC60 B4 mild hybrid 17 Feb 2020

Column: Product Eye

The XC60, coming up for three years old, is still Volvo's global best seller and one of the Premium D-SUV segment's top performers. The latest tweaks for this model include a range of petrol and diesel mild hybrid engines grouped under the new 'B' badge.


SsangYong expands Korando range with petrol power 12 Feb 2020

Column: Product Eye

Will 2020 be the year that SsangYong delivers on the opportunity which Mahindra saw when it bought a majority shareholding nine years ago this month? Or will the Korean SUV maker remain not-quite-there-yet, even though it now has few excuses for being an under-achiever, its powertrains, platforms and vehicles being more than good enough to be taken seriously?


ANALYSIS - Suzuki Ignis mild hybrid 5 Feb 2020

Column: Product Eye

All diesels have been dropped, the Jimny is headed the same way and Toyota is being called upon to supply rebadged hybrid models: Euro 6d means it's a time of major change for Suzuki in Europe. An exception is the Ignis, which, thanks to mild hybrid tech, not only has a low CO2 average, but remains one of the brand's most engaging models.


ANALYSIS - Skoda joins B-SUV segment with Kamiq 22 Jan 2020

Column: Product Eye

Even with the downturn in China, 2019 was a strong year for Skoda, the company delivering 1.24m vehicles. The Octavia is a long way ahead of all other models but the brand's SUVs are performing very well too, with the Kamiq off to a good start in all European markets.


Will 2020 be Audi e-tron's year? 6 Jan 2020

Column: Product Eye

Could the arrival of the e-tron be one reason why sales of the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X have gone into decline over recent months? Audi's all-electric SUV is off to a good start in the US, China and Europe.


ANALYSIS - G06 third generation BMW X6 18 Dec 2019

Column: Product Eye

Four cylinder engines? Hybrid, PHEV, EV power? You won't find any of these in the third generation BMW X6. While low or zero tailpipe emissions powertrains may come later in the lifecycle of the new G06 series model, for now it's an all-turbo line-up of six- and eight-cylinder engines.


ANALYSIS - Audi A1 citycarver 13 Dec 2019

Column: Product Eye

Neither the BMW nor Mercedes-Benz brands has a car in the global B segment, leaving Audi's A1 unchallenged in the 4m long premium hatchback class. The range is being further expanded with the arrival of the citycarver, a variant which has pricing to match its (slightly) elevated height.


ANALYSIS - Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X 10 Dec 2019

Column: Product Eye

Mid-life facelifts aren't often as dramatic as the one which Mitsubishi has given the fifth generation L200 pick-up. There's also a new Euro 6d compliant 2.3-litre diesel engine and the choice of six-speed manual or new six-speed automatic transmissions plus a significantly upgraded four-wheel drive system.


ANALYSIS - Nissan X-Trail 1.7 diesel 4x4 6 Dec 2019

Column: Product Eye

It's been a tough year for Nissan Motor. The company has shifted focus from volume to profit and is trying to maintain a certain level of independence from Renault while keeping the Alliance going. For Nissan Europe, things are beginning to approve. A new Juke is finally here, Qashqai sales are up and even the six year old X-Trail is bouncing back.


Is Ford Ranger Raptor worth fifty grand? 4 Dec 2019

Column: Product Eye

Think no-one would pay almost fifty thousand pounds for a Ford? Think again. And it isn't only the Mustang Bullitt that Ford of Britain is doing good business with. The high priced Raptor version of the Ranger is selling well in a sub-segment where even Mercedes-Benz hasn't been able to gain traction.


Why the Lexus ES is China's number one import 25 Nov 2019

Column: Product Eye

Might the ES succeed for Lexus when the great looking and highly capable GS seemingly could not? The latter, also a 5m long saloon, is almost eight years old and probably won't be replaced, while the year-old ES is a brisk seller in many countries, China especially. Newly available in Britain, the ES 300h should in theory have strong appeal to many in the Mercedes E-Class segment.


Bullitt versus Ford Mustang Mach-E 19 Nov 2019

Column: Product Eye

Ford data show Mustang deliveries in the model's number one market dipping by 10 per cent over the first three quarters of the year. That's quite an achievement when US consumers continue to show way more interest in light trucks than cars. The way the company nurtures this model with constant improvements and high-margin editions such as the thumpingly thunderous Bullitt is an example not only to rivals but to Ford itself.

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