John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ti-VCT

The paintwork options on the Verve, Ford's concept car for 2007, were such a hit they've retained the look for the funky new Fiesta

Citroën C5 Tourer 2.0 HDi

The Citroën C5 Tourer took me serenely across Europe. But the drive was so stress-free it made me nostalgic for a car with a few rough edges

Mini John Cooper Works

It's good to drive a sporty version of the great British favourite, except when the suspension is as poor as the price is high

BMW 135i Coupé

The 135i Coupé, like all its modern stablemates, isn't easy on the eye. But when you take that first bend, you'll believe it's a beauty

Lotus Elise

The new, sylph-like SC from Lotus is a revelation – much more than a plaything and maybe even the most appealing model in the breed's history

Cadillac BLS 1.9D 150

Cadillac's first station wagon is not bad, but it lacks soul and authenticity, says John Simister

Mercedes-Benz C63

The Mercedes-Benz C63's compact styling hides a colossal engine

Renault Megane R26

Renault knows how to build rapid, driver-friendly cars - just ask Fernando Alonso. After a couple of false starts, the latest sporty Mégane is a winner.

Alfa Spider V6 Q4

British buyers will get their first glimpse of Alfa's new convertible at the Motor Show. Its soft top marks it out as a true sports car

Audi RS4

The RS4 is evidence that Audi has rediscovered the key to making driving fun and exciting. It is simply the best car that the company has ever produced, says John Simister

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