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Byline: By KATIE JONES South Wales Echo

All hail the Capri - the car of choice for Chavs! The social phenomenon, epitomised by loud, brash, tacky bad taste, has taken the country by storm, thanks to Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain. And now the humble Ford Capri has the unenviable honour of being crowned the Chavest car in motoring awards, organised by lads' mag FHM magazine.

But it did not reach its new Chav pole position without a fight. It had to beat off tough competition from the Citroen Saxo and Vauxhall Nova to take the title, according to the magazine.

And the awards have a shock in store for every baseball cap-wearing boy racer.

Their once much-loved macho status symbol the Ford Escort has now be named the gayest car, with judges swayed in their choice by the discovery of a pink Escort called Princess in Brighton.

But if you would rather cut a dash on the roads and make the girls' hearts flutter it will cost you.

The Mercedes G55 AMG was named the best car for impressing girls showing street cred does not come cheap.

'It's a lavish 4x4 with incredible pulling power and celebrity credibility,' said a FHM spokesperson. The G55 AMG can boast Brad Pitt, Jay-Z, P-Diddy and the Beckhams as owners and you can see why. It's fast, powerful and costs lots of money, girls love it.'

If you would rather a car that can take the rough with the smooth, then the Renault Modus - which won the award for the hardest car - is for you.

'In European crash tests, this car was given a five-star front impact rating which makes it one tough cookie,' said the FHM spokesperson.

The Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer 3.0R on the other hand, was named the best vehicle to dodge police attention - because officers will think the driver is a pensioner.: Honours List:Most Chav car - Ford Capri Gayest car - Ford Escort Best to dodge police attention - Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer 3.0R. Best car for impressing girls - Mercedes G55 AMG, pictured. Hardest car - Renault Modus
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 24, 2005
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