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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.


Stelvio Quadrifoglio silences Alfa sceptics 14 Feb 2019

Column: Product Eye

Will Alfa ever reach the infamous 400,000 cars a year goal that FCA set for it? In 2018, it was less than a third of the way there. The end of the MiTo and the age of the Giulietta meant European retail sales dipped. By contrast, US deliveries almost doubled and exports to China finally rose above the 5,000 units mark. The most expensive model is doing well too. What may surprise many is that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is as good as if not better than the Porsche Macan Turbo.


JF Kia Optima still strong as future JL3 model nears 13 Feb 2019

Column: Product Eye

Some say non-premium makes tend not to be successful in Europe's D segment. Tell that to Volkswagen and Skoda: even with the WLTP crash, Passat sales were down by just 3.3% in Germany last year, while the Octavia and Superb sell in significant volume. To a lesser extent, Kia quietly chips away in this size class, the Optima having a far stronger following than the parent company's rival i40.


Why is mighty Subaru less so outside the USA? 30 Jan 2019

Column: Product Eye

Subaru has been lovingly slaying giants in America for more than a decade. Hyundai is the latest to have been dispatched, the Korean brand finding itself pushed down to seventh place last year. The climb has seen Subaru muscling past Ram, Kia, GMC and Dodge too. Why then does it remain a small brand in the world's other major vehicle markets?


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.

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