• THERE IS no doubt the launch of the compact Renegade SUV is a 'big thing' for Jeep - it is the first result of its Italian venture with Fiat and is its first step into this growing segment of the market.

  • THE LATEST Tucson model, which will replace the popular ix-35, is seen by its maker, Hyundai, as a significant player in its expansion plans.

  • SUZUKI HAS revived the Vitara name for its new five-door compact SUV - which goes on sale in the UK from April.

  • VW'S TAKE on producing a 4 x 4 estate car, the Passat Alltrack, has just been given a revamp, including the choice of five revised engines.

  • IT'S clear that a lot of people have been awaiting the birth of Volvo's new version of its popular XC90.

  • SSANGYONG'S Korando pick-up has just been given added 'farmer appeal' courtesy of an increased tax-busting payload of 1050kg.

  • I'VE HAD a sneaky admiration for Ford's Kuga ever since it survived a tricky encounter with a mad Spanish fighting bull when I was driving it during its launch several years ago.

  • THERE'S lot of competition in the compact 'crossover' market - with a personal favourite being the excellent Ford Kuga - but I think Mazda's CX-5 might be that little bit better.

  • THE LONE contender from China in the UK pick-up market has been given a serious makeover for this year, which includes the use of better quality materials and higher specification.

  • THERE'S ONE thing for sure about VW's Amarok pick-up - it is one big monster and, by my reckoning, the more vertically challenged amongst us will almost require a mounting block just to get into the saddle!