It’s the idea not of Monty Don but Frank M Rinderknecht, the never-disappointing Swiss motor industry visionary better known as Mr. Rinspeed.
Taking the idea of the green car a big step forwards, the new Rinspeed concept for the Detroit Motor Show in January really does come with a little garden plot between the windscreen and dashboard. We are talking earth and growing plants here, a very long way ahead of the VW Beetle’s famous dashboard flower vase. Rinspeed’s suggestions for cultivation include growing radishes and Bonsai trees.
And it doesn’t much matter if the vegetation grows so wild the driver can’t see the road for the trees. The car – it’s called Oasis, naturally – is all-electric and can drive itself if it has to, just one of many hi-tech tricks lurking inside.