In order to gain a stronger foothold in the Asian car market, in the face of local firms such as Tata, Ford have produced a new green hybrid car designed especially for places like India and Pakistan where fuel stations may be far apart and where local power solutions need to be found.
The car is called the Ford Cow and as well as a 1 litre diesel engine it had special mounting points on the front to which special harnesses can be attached to a water buffalo to pull the car if it runs out of fuel.
Ford say that although the driver, obviously, can't carry a spare buffalo with him, there are often spare ones wandering around at the side of the road which could be hitched up.
We understand the performance, with a buffalo is limited to just two miles per hour but it has the advantage of running for long periods on just grass and shrubbery; a supply of which could be stowed in the boot. Emissions are slightly higher when under buffalo power than when using diesel.
During demonstrations a minor downside to the technology was found when the buffalo set off across some shrubbery and tried to cross a river. The driver escaped and swam to shore but Ford are still looking for the car.
The Ford Cow is the result of many years research and comes complete with Primus Stove heater, leather harness and 30 inch wooden spoke wheels.