Toyota have launched a powerful version of its Yaris supermini, the potent GRMN hot hatch version. In other news, the Auris range has now been rationalised for an even greater focus on hybrid power. And there’s now a Plug-in version of the company’s popular Prius hybrid. Continuing to attract attention in Toyota showrooms is the brand’s striking C-HR compact Crossover. In addition, the brand has introduced an all-new Proace van in recent times and is offering it in people carrying MPV form as the ‘Proace Verso’.
ONE TO WATCH: The new Prius Plug-in is better to drive and sleeker than before.
Vauxhall, now owned by the French PSA Group, has just launched an SUV-orientated ‘Country Tourer’ variant of its Insignia Sports Tourer medium range estate. A hot Insignia GSi model will reach the showrooms later this year. Last Autumn, the brand launched its Grandland X mid-sized SUV, a model then joined by the little VIVA Rocks SUV-style citycar. In other Vauxhall news, the VXR8 super saloon bows out with a potent GTS-R model.
ONE TO WATCH: With its Crossland X and Grandland X SUVs, Vauxhall now has a properly credible crossover line-up.
Volkswagen has had a busy year, introducing its new T-Roc mid-sized SUV and its 7-seat Tiguan Allspace. Plus dealers are just getting to grips with the all-new sixth generation version of the company’s Polo supermini. There’s a hot GTI version of the up! citycar too. And in the Summer, we’ll see a new generation version of the company’s Touareg luxury SUV.
ONE TO WATCH: The new Polo is smarter and cleverer, plus offers the option of efficient 1.5 TSI EVO power.
Volvo’s big news is the launch of its new mid-sized SUV, the XC40, aimed directly at rivals like the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. It’s individually styled and sits on a brand-new platform that we’ll in future see on a whole range of other compact cars from the Swedish brand.
ONE TO WATCH: The new XC40 promises to make Volvo a much bigger player in the mid-sized SUV sector.