We have finally bought a new (old) modern car.
It's a 2004 Ford Fusion with a 1.4 turbo diesel engine at 160k on the clock. It's a taller version of the Ford Fiesta so smaller than our current modern, but still big enough for me to fit into. Not a fancy car, but we hope it will be a good workhorse for days when one of the ladies isn't the best choice.
It is, of course, silver: one of the three colours one is allowed if one buys a sensible car (the other options being white or black). No doubt that means we will lose it in the carpark at Auchan, but them's the breaks - at the price we paid you don't get all the options.
We did try a slightly more stylish car, a Fiat Punto. They are a pretty little car, and we looked at a well priced example and were sorely tempted - until I drove it. It was than that I discovered what people mean when they say they don't like electric power steering: it felt like I was playing a 1980s computer game, with no idea where the front wheels were pointing or how much I had turned the steering wheel. I like an an adventure, but that was just plain scary.
So now we have a debate - do we name, it or just call it "the Ford" the same way we refer to "the Renault"? If we do name it, I'm tempted by Florrie...