ZUT alors! When it comes to designing cars that are not, well, exactly in the classic mould the French are the masters. Remember those sleek, curvaceous Citroens of the 1960s with revolutionary air suspension which puffed the vehicle up as the key wasturned in the ignition until it looked like a ungainly bull-frog about to leap off a rock? But, boy, did they gobble up those long, straight roads of France. And how about the age-old Deux Chevaux, the corrugated biscuit tin with a lawnmower engine that became one of the longest lasting favourites of the city cobbles? Now make way for the Renault Argos, a cabriolet for three aimed for the young and the young at heart that's soon to be launched at the Geneva car show. In fact, looking at the specs and the blurb, the smooth pastel roofless wonder appears to be not so much a car, as more a set of headphones on wheels. Perhaps we are losing something in the translation. Nevertheless, here goes: 'By breaking away from the roundness of bio-design, the Argos heralds the hypothesis of a return to simple forms and to the more fundamental principles of industrial design whereby high-tech innovation becomes the source of inspiration and structure becomes a means of formalising a vehicle's function.' Quite. A sort of rolling suggestion box travelling under the banner, The New Spirit Of 1994. Never mind, this is a concept car. Although it does have an engine, it's not meant to be driven yet. Just as well, for Hong Kong at least. It has no roof and and the most minute of windscreens, not for the Tolo Highway on a rainy day. It's 'a working styling exercise which juggles with a variety of striking contrasts, soft yet aggressive, fluid yet solid...' The English call it The Eternal Triangle; the French are more prosaic about those disastrous affairs that brought to world mythology the cautionary tale of Anthony and Cleopatra, the classic film, Jules Et Jim, and the Elvis Presley song, The Girl Of My Best Friend. They call it menage a trois. The Argos must be the first car specifically designed for three, with the one at the back getting all the fun and most of the benefit of the surroundsound. We have no scant knowledge of the amorous peccadillos of Jason and the Argonauts, but take a good look at the Argos (named after a vessel which was in fact the ancient Greeks' equivalent of today's supertanker) and hold your breath for 10 years: will it be the progeny of this unfussy simplicity that will travel the roads in the early 21st century?