Fiat Multipla (above): The six-seat MPV is called the 'coffee pot' in Fiat circles because of the distinct separation of the bottom and top halves, particularly when the car is seen from the rear.
BMW Z3 Coupe (above): The cab-backward design with a long hood and roofline has been described by cynics as a 'bread wagon.' But enthusiasts love it.
Volkswagen New Beetle: A brilliant update of a classic design - or cynical retro? The New Beetle tends to split opinion. A designer said the car resembles a 'balloon.'
Renault Avantime (right): Renault calls it a 'coupespace'. One journalist called the glass-roofed luxury car 'the answer to the question nobody asked.' Said another: 'It has more angles than a geometry textbook.'
Ford Ka: The first of Ford's 'new edge' products was called an 'egg on wheels' by one newspaper critic, and the appearance of an infant being cradled, said another.
Audi TT: Stunning concept car makes it through to production virtually unchanged. Observers have described the TT's shape as a mixture between a VW Beetle and a Porsche 911.
Micro Compact Car Smart (left): Europeans are starting to love the Smart after a shaky start for the tiny two-seater. It is the smallest production car from a mainstream German maker since BMW's Isetta in the 1950s.