Before Nissan's latest 4x4 came into my life, I have to admit that off-roaders were a mystery to me. Heavy, ugly and usually with agricultural steering, I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.
Funny how small things can cause big hassles. Only four days into our tenure with the Vauxhall VX220 Turbo and we have spotted the first flaw about driving a brilliant yellow roadster in high summer: insects.
Ah, the British summertime. Warm weather, picnics, trips to the country and... a Mazda 2. With its big cabin, low running costs and lively driving experience, our long-term model has been the unlikely star of the fleet in recent months.
How times have changed. Ten years ago, I would rather have caught the bus than be seen at the wheel of a Skoda - but not these days. Now I'm happy to take the keys to one of the Czech cars, especially our long-term Superb.
Caller ID is a wonderful invention. The gadget allows you to see who is phoning before you pick up the receiver, so you can decide whether you would rather the person at the other end of the line talk to an answer-phone instead.
We always need a big set of wheels here at Auto Express. Whether it's used for hauling new products off for testing, carrying people to and from race meetings or spending weekends moving house, a big bus is frequently in demand.