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Just look at Renault's new Grand Scenic. The compact MPV has piled on the pounds to square up to rivals such as the recently launched VW Touran and forthcoming Toyota Corolla Verso.
It seems that Audi isn't happy to let BMW court all the hype and controversy.
Here in the Auto Express office, the DB7 won an unofficial award, but we doubt Aston Martin will be too proud. We decided that it was the Most Disappointing Car We Had Ever Driven.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's SEAT's new Altea, a sporty mini-MPV that the Spanish firm has declared is the world's first Multi Sport Vehicle, or MSV.
While the Fiesta and Fusion have been treated to two new gearboxes, Ford has also set its engineers to work on a new Continuously Variable Transmission for its larger Focus C-MAX MPV.
Twenty years ago, gearbox options were limited, to say the least. If you drove a prestigious vehicle, you had five ratios, anything small had four and autos three.
For many, the attraction of owning a convertible is to feel the wind in their hair. If that's you, then be careful with Audi's new S4 Cabriolet, as it has enough grunt to blow your barnet clean off!
It's never easy to predict what the classics of tomorrow will be, but the Renaultsport Clio 172 would certainly be on our list of hot hatches to remember.
Anyone who has feet that fall between two of the UK's standardised measures will know how hard it is to find a shoe shop that stocks your particular half-size.
If you bought a new 6-Series, then chances are you'd want people to see you in it.
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