The new Mini has been an unmitigated success. People love its cheeky looks, cheerfully modernised from its classic forebear, along with its go-kart handling and the perceived build quality that comes with being part of the BMW brand.
It covers more than 300 miles per gallon and emits just 24g/km of CO2 but you can't buy it ... yet.
As The Courier's Fight For Fairer Fuel petition breaks the 5000-name barrier, our motoring editor Jack McKeown looks at the growing demand for electric cars and explores whether they can ever replace the internal combustion engine.
Honda's CR-Z should be an admirable car. It's the first hybrid-powered coupe (apart from the original Insight in the 80s, which sold in tiny numbers), and it taps into an ethos that I like: why shouldn't people be able to own a car that's sporty and environmentally friendly?
A few months after its launch, the new generation Mazda 5 people carrier gets a diesel engine.
Saab's rise from the ashes continues with the unveiling of the 9-5 SportWagon.
When Volkswagen decide to revive an old classic, they usually do it quite well. The new Beetle was warmly received and the new Scirocco has, if anything, eclipsed its stablemate's success.
Mercedes are releasing what will be only the third version of the SLK Roadster.
The organic soup-swilling hippies who rail against 'petrol-guzzling 4x4s' were left looking a little silly when their flimsy eco-cars had to be rescued from the snow by the very planet-killing vehicles they've set their bearded faces against.
Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota the luxury arm of a large mainstream manufacturer. But, while Lexus is a household name over here, Infiniti is the new kid on the block.