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Product Eye

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


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

12 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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 | Glenn Brooks

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.



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