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Saab 9-2X Aero

18 May, 2004

It might be the world's biggest car company, but General Motors has struggled to fit quirky, Swedish Saab into its line-up.

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Ariel Atom 160bhp

12 May, 2004

When Ariel suggested we tried its new 'user-friendly' Atom, we were a little confused. After all, this car looks like an electricity pylon on wheels, so practicality is never going to be its strong point.

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Daewoo Lacetti SX

12 May, 2004

Value for money has been every Daewoo's key selling point since the marque hit the UK in 1995. Under the charge of GM, however, things have changed.

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Volkswagen Caddy Life 1.9 TDI

12 May, 2004

It's tough being a caddy. While the golf star hogs the limelight, the bag carrier never gets any credit. So what sort of 'Caddy Life' is this new Volkswagen destined for?

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BMW X3

12 May, 2004

Not so long ago, the concept of a BMW off-roader would have been laughed off as fanciful. BMWs were sports saloons, and that was the end of it.

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Volvo C70

11 May, 2004

If there was an anti-ageing cream for cars, Volvo would be the leading supplier. Cabrios don't usually stay in fashion for long, but the drop-top C70 has been on sale in the UK since 1999, yet had its best sales year in 2003.

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Volvo Tandem

11 May, 2004

It's a Volvo, but not as we know it! Forget load-lugging estates, the company is planning a shock move into the city car market with this wild-looking machine. And we're the first magazine in the world to drive it.

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MINI

11 May, 2004

It's open season for MINI! The year's must-have drop-top has finally hit the streets, so we grabbed the keys and spent two days unearthing all the newcomer's secrets - such as the fact that it's been facelifted, as well.

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Noble M400

5 May, 2004

British sports car makers are normally financial disaster areas. It seems almost inevitable that the bailiffs come knocking only weeks after a model's launch. But in recent times, Noble has bucked the trend.

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Mitsubishi Grandis

5 May, 2004

For car buyers, choosing an MPV is the equivalent of preferring an evening in front of the telly to a night out clubbing. It says that your days of youthful freedom and style have given way to sensible practicality.