The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers thinks small cars are worth something. As proof, take their 2006 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, where they have a Small Car of the Year category. The winner, announced yesterday, is a small car with a big name: Fiat's Grande Punto
. The Renault
Clio and the Peugeot
207 were in the running, but were beat out by the Grande Punto because of the way it personifies the change the small car sector has undergone in the past few years. It does so with style and without breaking the bank, Association president Stephen Park, explained. "The days when compact runabouts or 'city' cars broke into a heavy sweat whenever they ventured outside the concrete jungle are thankfully over," he said.