Rock supergroup The Cars have reformed with Todd Rundgren as the new frontman.

After months of denying speculation about a reunion featuring the HELLO, IT'S ME rocker, Cars founders Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes have admitted a show with Rundgren is now being planned.

Rundgren will replace original frontman Ric Ocasek, who has refused to take part in the project. The Cars reunion will also miss bassist/vocalist Ben Orr, who died of cancer in 2000.

The band split in 1988, after a 12-year-career that spawned classic tracks like MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL and the Live Aid anthem DRIVE.

Easton confirmed the plans last week (ends18NOV05) with a posting on music industry message board, answering critics who were sceptical of a Cars comeback without Ocasek.

He stated, "If other members don't want to be in the band any longer, after being repeatedly encouraged to be involved, should we simply forfeit our careers and all that we have built?"

"We love this band and have ultimate respect for our legacy. Todd is an immensely gifted singer, songwriter and producer. We have recorded some tracks with him, and guess what? It sounds like classic Cars with the added dimension of Todd's talents."