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IF fleet managers ever decided to make vehicle choices on looks alone, then this is one place they should go for some research on what their drivers might think of their shortlists.

The award-winning uglycars.co.uk (one of Yahoo’s online ‘finds’ of 2004) is a sick Santa’s grotto for the most hideous car creations, voted for by users or site creators ‘Phil and Mark’, which could prove a handy tool when choosing a visually pleasing fleet. Afterall opinions on cars are like odd socks – we all have them.

The usual top menu is here, sending you off to sections such as: editorial, feedback, browse and a guest page.

The browse section takes you to a list of design abomination, each accompanied with a highly informative comment/metaphor.

Each car is rated by how many bags you would have to wear on your head before entering the vehicle. Cars included (in no particular order): the Citroen DS (five bags), ‘as attractive as a slug-filled croissant’, the Ssangyong/Daewoo Musso (three bags), ‘it resembles a pregnant haddock on a bike’ and the Ford Anglia (five bags), ‘intended for Batman’s grandmother’. The feedback section of the site allows users to post nominations for their particular car hates, which may eventually make it into the full uglycars.com list.

The guest browser section allows users to view more mechanical atrocities from other shores. A particular favourite was the Honda Fuya-Jo (five bags), ‘a mobile-disco-phone booth fusion’.

It comes as no surprise that the design of the website doesn’t stray far from its name. Most aspects of the design, although solid, are anything but aesthetically pleasing – but you would expect nothing less from a site dedicated to ugly.

But of course, uglycars.co.uk is all done in good fun and makes no attempt to pass a sensible comment about car design.

The lowdown

The site: www.uglycars.co.uk

We like: Enemy of marketing men and Hugo Boss suit-wearing car designers everywhere

We don't like: There isn’t enough time in the working day to pore over this showroom of shame

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