|Volvo's new small car, the C30 will be shown to the public for the first time at the Paris Motorshow in September 2006.
|The new range allows Volvo to join the prestige German marques in the small car sector and prices will start at around the £15,000 level. A T5 variant with a 217bhp output will be available from the launch date, together with several other engine options.
|The body style is distinctly sporting coupe along the lines of the classic P1800 and the more recent 1800ES. Looks wise, the Volvo is certainly different from other manufactuers offerings, and Volvo hope that there plenty of buyers tempted by the new style.
|The new car shares its platform with the current Ford Focus and the Mazda 3, and as a result should have the handling to match its power, though whether it can compete with the best of the rear wheel drive offerings in this sector, such as the BMW 1 Series, remains to be seen.
|A new Mini Cooper S will be seen by the public for the first time at the Paris Motor show in September 2006.
|Ford's new Ka is due to arrive in the UK in 2008, and early indications are that it will be a popular new release.
|Toyota are said to be developing mind reading devices for inclusion in future models of their cars, and these will be used to adapt your car's settings according to how you are feeling.
|But don't expect to your Celica, MR2, Avensis or Corolla adjusting itself to your mood any time soon.
|Hyundai have facelifted their popular Coupe once again, and it looks good.
|The 'Korean Ferrari' has changed shape several times in its life and not always to the customer's liking. However, this latest revision, which will be on sale towards the end of 2006 looks great; the lines are leaner and meaner with a relatively agressive look from the front.
|Yet another peformance car built on the Golf platform will be available from early 2007 in the shape of the incredible Audi S3.
|A Californian Company (Tesla Motors) have developed a 100% electric version of the Lotus Elise with input from the Norfolk company. And before sports car enthusiasts switch off, thinking that electric cars are slow and boring, the new car is claimed to have a 0-60 time of about 4 seconds!
|UK Performance specialists Ralliart have released a 366bhp variant of the current Mitsubushi Lancer Evo.
|VW have stepped up the ante in the value for money stakes with their Blue Motion Polo; the new model is capable of over 72mpg and has a C02 rating of 103g/Km.