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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.