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If your name is Gary or Deborah chances are you live in a house, drive a Citroen Picasso and are in the 45 to 54 age group

Car Choice: Ditch the gas guzzler for a smart little city runabout

Graeme King wants a small car for commuting while his BMW 330Ci rests in the garage. He wants a small diesel because cheap running costs are the most important thing. I know the 1.4 TDCi in Ford Fiestas qualifies for £35 road tax and Graeme asked at a local Ford dealer about the Options finance package, but they cost about £13,000 which he thought was too much.

On The Road: Small wonder

The Toyota iQ outsmarts the competition until, that is, you look at the price. And, let's face it, the name is not that clever either

Get Smart (12A)

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Renault Twingo

Substance over style: the new Twingo may be a good small car, but it lacks the touches that made the original so chic, says David Wilkins

Car choice: Classic Jags aren't right for this young student – he'll be better off with a Ka

Man-Shun Poon is 18, and has moved to London from Canada to study law. He has driven in Canada for three years and has completed his UK driver training. He wants to carry on running vintage Jaguars and is considering classics pre-1973, avoiding road tax. He expects to drive 800 miles a year in central London and to the countryside at weekends. His budget is £1,800 a year on insurance, £1,000 on maintenance and £8,000 to buy.

Hyundai i10

Who needs flash if you've got a Classic? Hyundai's i10 has all you could want in a true supermini, including great value and superb stereo

Kia Picanto Ice

The new Picanto competes with many Euro-rivals in its class. Is it a winner? Over to David Wilkins and our testers

Stalled by the costs of car ownership? Join the club

Urban car clubs are great if you are on a budget but still want access to a vehicle, reports James Daley

The people's car with a market of 1.8m

It may not meet Western standards, but with the arrival of the Tata Nano, India's motor industry has come of age. By Richard Orange in Delhi

Focus: The light's fantastic

Large open spaces, huge windows - and old-world charm. Former artists' studios are the latest fashion in modern living

Smart pounces on Reynolds' lapse to gain first victory

Scott Smart snatched a dramatic maiden win in the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship here yesterday.

How much is Mercedes-Benz's fabled three-pointed star really worth to you?

Sean O'Grady assesses their chances as Rover and Mercedes fight it out in the most heavily contested sector of the market
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