Just two weeks ago, we named the brilliant new S40 saloon as the finest compact Volvo ever. Its combination of crisp styling, dynamic handling and value for money made it one of the most impressive and significant new models in years.
Put your head to the ground and you can still just about hear the shockwave that went around the world when Horacio Pagani unveiled the Mercedes-powered Zonda in 1999. In one elaborate stroke, he had out-Lamborghini'd Lamborghini.
Another new model with a Merc SLK-style folding hard-top has been launched - but this time it's American. Cadillac's XLR two-seater has been on sale in the US since September, but from next month is available in Europe.
British buyers have been waiting a long time for the new Alfa GT. First, we were told it would be with us in 2002, European customers took delivery late last year, and UK cars will finally arrive this week. But has it been worth the delay?