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Nissan reboots Micra with Mercedes-Alliance engine 20 Aug 2019

Column: Product Eye

Why isn't Nissan Europe a more powerful force in small cars? Intense competition in the Qashqai segment and the surrendering of the B-SUV class to every other brand as the Juke has grown ever older are the reasons for the current woes. Yet none of that should be affecting the performance of the Micra. It's a cracking little car and deserves to be more popular.


G29 BMW Z4 M40i - does it beat the Boxster? 15 Aug 2019

Column: Product Eye

Daimler says it won't replace the Mercedes SLC, Audi plans to axe the TT and Nissan keeps trying to fathom how it can make a business case for a new 370Z. These are troubled times for sports cars. Or are they? BMW has orders coming out of its ears for the new Z4, and the car's global roll-out isn't even complete.


Scala propels Skoda into C segment mainstream 14 Aug 2019

Column: Product Eye

The European market's C segment has been good to SEAT and Audi, while in the class betwixt this one and the traditional D-sized models, Škoda slays all comers with the Octavia. Now, Volkswagen's high achieving Czech division has a new 4.4m long hatchback. Might the affordable Scala even do damage to Golf sales?


Why Ford shouldn't kill the Fusion and Mondeo 6 Aug 2019

Column: Product Eye

Is there a future for the Mondeo? At the moment, Ford of Europe isn't saying either way as speculation suggests there are plans to replace this model, the S-Max and Galaxy with a new global crossover. Considering the age of the design, sales are holding up well, with 20,800 delivered during the first half of 2019.


A1 - does the affordable Audi live up to its name? 29 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

There is so much change going on in the European market just now it can be hard to keep up. Imagine that the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series were outsold by the Audi A1 in June, and that the little hatchback was only 31 units behind the A6.


Why BMW gave the 7 Series a drastic makeover 25 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

Has the decline in demand for large luxury saloons plateaued? If it's the USA we're talking about, then the answer is no, with the S-Class (6,155, -27%) and LS (2,697, -38%) still falling. Yet business is good in China, with retail sales of the Audi A8 numbering 6,288 in H1 (compared to just 1,330 in the US) and the BMW 7 Series seemingly holding up well on 9,653 units. The arrival of an updated '7 couldn't come at a better time.


ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Polo GTI+ 17 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

Volkswagen keeps coming up with ways to make certain sports models more desirable and of course, more profitable. For those who wish their Polo GTI to stand out just that little bit extra, there is the option of choosing the GTI+, a high-end model grade which costs from GBP23,160.


JLR engines boss on new Ingenium straight six 15 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

Land Rover's progress remains uneven. Worldwide, sales fell by 10.1 per cent last month yet in Britain the brand enjoyed a record June even with the local market falling by 4.9 per cent. New models such as the L551 Evoque are beginning to make an impact, while a state of the art straight-six petrol engine is now giving the L494 Range Rover Sport a fresh boost.


Peugeot 508 surprises with strong EU sales 9 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

Only one of Europe's top five brands saw rising sales for the year to the end of May. As the new models keep coming, Peugeot has pulled away from Ford and closed the gap to Renault to fewer than 17,000 passenger vehicles. Now the new 508 SW is helping Peugeot to regain share in the D segment too.


ANALYSIS - Megane Renault Sport 280 3 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

The depth of engineering excellence in Renault's Mégane R.S. derivatives prove that the basic car is deserving of a lot more success than it enjoys.


ANALYSIS - CD539 Ford Edge EcoBlue diesel 1 Jul 2019

Column: Product Eye

Ford has sold some 70,000 Edges in the US so far this year. Not bad for a model that's been in production since 2015 and which competes in a packed segment. This 4.8m long SUV has had a trickier time finding favour with European buyers though, which seems unfair given what is a first rate diesel powertrain.


Torque boost makes Mazda MX-5 even more desirable 26 Jun 2019

Column: Product Eye

The MX-5 is now four years old but Mazda hasn't yet felt the need to refresh the looks. The engine line-up though, has been altered with both 1.5- and 2.0-litre engines gaining power and torque as well as compliancy with the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard.


Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic 13 Jun 2019

Column: Product Eye

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.


ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid 5 Jun 2019

Column: Product Eye

While rivals pursue low CO2 numbers via plug-in petrol-electric powertrains, Toyota keeps refining what it terms 'self-charging hybrid' systems. That effort is paying off, especially for Lexus, which is making sales gains in many markets. In hybrid form, the brand's latest additional model offers a convincing alternative to other C-premium crossovers.


ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 28 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

The eighth generation is only months away from being officially revealed and still the Golf continues to dominate its segment. What's more, this remains far and away the best selling vehicle in the European region. Volkswagen has even been adding new variants, the latest and likely final one being the Touring Car Racing version of the GTI.


ANALYSIS - MY19 Maserati Levante GranLusso 16 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

Three and a half years on from its market introduction, Maserati UK has thrown out the former diesel-only strategy for the Levante, bringing in a biturbo 3.0-litre petrol V6.


Volkswagen T-Roc leads surge in C-SUV sales 14 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

Once an also-ran when it comes to sales of SUVs, Volkswagen could be on its way to becoming the world's number one. The Tiguan is strong in China and Europe and gaining popularity in the USA but its smaller brother, the Golf-sized T-Roc, is rapidly becoming a major force in multiple markets too.


New Scout helps make Karoq number one Skoda SUV 9 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

July will mark the second anniversary of Karoq production so to maintain the sales momentum, Škoda continues to add variants to the range. The most recent one is the Scout, which unlike competitors such as the Peugeot 3008, offers all-wheel drive.


ANALYSIS - 2019 Abarth 595 esseesse 8 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

How can a car which is more than a decade old still be one of the best in its segment? The 595 essesse, newly revised for Abarth's 70th anniversary one year ahead of its replacement, would have to be the most entertaining A segment hatchback on the market.


Volkswagen T-Cross - worth the wait 3 May 2019

Column: Product Eye

Until now, Europe's B-SUV segment has been missing the biggest brand of all. Volkswagen has timed the arrival of the T-Cross well too, as not one of the most successful incumbents is even close to being new.


ANALYSIS - Skoda Kodiaq vRS 30 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

It's now easy to spend more than forty thousand pounds on a Škoda. Should anyone do that though? When the vehicle in question is the Kodiaq vRS, the answer is yes, but with qualifications.


Insignia defying segment trend with rising sales 24 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

Few are noticing the progress being made by Vauxhall - Groupe PSA's ex-GM unit that is UK market only sister brand to Opel. In March it moved closer to Volkswagen and pulled away from fourth place Mercedes with the strongest growth of any top-ten brand. The main reason is a renaissance for the Corsa, yet the Insignia is also doing surprisingly, sales pushing past the 5,000 units mark in Q1.


Citroen Berlingo - because not everybody wants an SUV 15 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

Even the richest of manufacturers frequently have money-saving JVs for light commercials, particularly in Europe. Groupe PSA, allied with Fiat Chrysler for large vans, also now supplies Toyota with the Proace Verso. One size down, a modified version of the same EMP2 platform is used for the Peugeot Rifter, Opel Combo and Citroën Berlingo triplets.


Early success for Groupe PSA with new Peugeot 508 8 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

Škoda's experience with the Superb proves that a non-premium brand can succeed in Europe against the might of the C-Class, A4 and 3 Series. With Groupe PSA having taken Citroën out of this segment, albeit temporarily, Peugeot is trying its luck with the 508. So far, results are encouraging.


SEAT goes large with Tarraco 4 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

Doesn't it seem a long time ago that we thought of SEAT as a maker of small cars? The addition of the new 4.7m long Tarraco means the brand now has a third SUV, putting it in competition with the VW Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 for the first time.


Will the latest Audi TT be the final one? 1 Apr 2019

Column: Product Eye

The just-updated TT has perhaps three more years of production remaining. Audi is already hinting though that the model's future is in question. Might this Golf-sized hatchback and roadster disappear in 2022 or could it instead go electric for the fourth generation?


Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand 7 Mar 2019

Column: Product Eye

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.


Vitara - why Suzuki Europe outsells Honda two to one 5 Mar 2019

Column: Product Eye

Europe's best selling Suzuki isn't a small car, it's an SUV. In 2018, the regional division delivered more than 70,000 units of the vehicle in question: not bad for a model which dates to 2015 and competes in a class where new rivals keep appearing. Now, fresh engines and a facelift should keep the Vitara popular throughout 2019.


JLR ruing L663 Defender delay as Jeep Wrangler lands? 25 Feb 2019

Column: Product Eye

Fiat Chrysler UK finds itself in the fortuitous position of having a genuinely new model well ahead of Land Rover's L663 project, the next Defender. The arrival of the JL72 and JL74 Jeep Wranglers threatens JLR's hopes for future segment domination outside North America.


Is the Swift Sport the best Suzuki yet? 21 Feb 2019

Column: Product Eye

Not all Suzukis are inexpensive or bought by people whose priorities are a no-fuss, no-frills small car. For those in the know, a certain Swift variant is doing great things for Suzuki's long term image that no 'influencer' or 'brand ambassador' ever could.

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