Volkswagen isn't just VW. It's Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and more than half a dozen other automotive brands as well. What's the point of bringing them all together under one roof? It's all to do with something called platform-sharing; produce as many outwardly different models as possible that are as similar as possible under the skin, and you can reap enormous economies of scale.
This Ford has a winning combination – fun for drivers, comfort and convenience for passengers
Seat's MPV is longer and wider – but it's lighter, good value, and a pleasure to drive
By David Wilkins
Seat has expanded its Ibiza range to include a third body style. A new estate model, the ST, will join the existing three and five door hatchback versions this summer.
Kia have produced a car for grown-ups...with a seven-year warranty
Citroën's range is becoming more and more complicated. Once, a C3 was a C3 was a C3, but now the third rung of the Citroën is getting crowded. The original C3, now renamed C3 First, is still there, as is the open-topped C3 Pluriel with its unusual demountable roof; these have now been joined by an all-new standard C3, while a similarly-sized up-market city car aimed at competing with the Mini, the DS3 will be launched shortly.
Looks aren’t everything with Peugeot’s new 5008
Look hard enough and there’s something unique in every car; some little quirk that makes it special.
I don't suppose there are many real winners among the major car manufacturers as they grapple with the deepest slump in demand for their products in decades, but some are better placed to weather the storm than others. Perhaps even to its own surprise, Fiat finds itself a member of that small exclusive group.
Has all the progress in the new Toyota Verso been made in quite the right direction?
On the outside, the Dodge Journey flaunts its rough-boy brawn, but inside it's a bit of a softie and very child-friendly