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Fiat 500 'most vandalised car'

Small, stylish and kind to the environment, the Fiat 500 costs a fraction of the price of luxury saloons or off-road gas guzzlers. But the city car is also the most vandalised vehicle in Britain.

Mini and Rolls-Royce help BMW power to record sales

BMW, the world's biggest luxury car maker, has reported record sales in the first three months of this year, driven by booming demand for its UK-made Mini and Rolls-Royce marques.

Record sales for BMW are driven by British icons

BMW, the world's biggest luxury car maker, has reported record sales in the first three months of this year, driven by booming demand for its UK-made Mini and Rolls-Royce marques.

Strike threat at Mini car plant over pay deal

Workers at the Mini car plant have rejected a pay offer, raising the threat of the first strike at the factory since 1984.

Student is killed by police car

A Chinese student studying at Birmingham City University has died in hospital after he was hit by a police car on Wednesday night.

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New Mercedes SL appears at Germany's Techno Classica

Europe's biggest annual event for classic cars, the Techno Classica, opens in Germany today. The show, which accommodates more than 1,200 exhibitors and 2,500 cars spread across 20 halls at Essen's vast exhibition complex, is expected to draw 180,000 visitors this year.

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A Triumph of vision and design

Chic, sophisticated and spacious, the Spitfire was everything a ‘real’ British sports car was supposed not to be

'A car built to order is not going to sit around on a dealer’s forecourt for months or need discounting'

Stand out from the crowd: How to make your marque

More manufacturers are offering eager buyers the chance to personalise their vehicles and create their dream drive

First Drive BMW 320d

An excellent kind of predictability

China's luxury cars appetite lifts GKN

Strong sales of luxury cars in China have helped the car and plane parts maker GKN to a 15 per cent jump in profits for 2011.

Thieves steal car with five-year-old boy inside

A mother described today how she was "traumatised" when thieves stole her performance car with her five-year-old son still inside.

Thomas says: 'When I look in the mirror I see a person that has been through a lot. My face tells a story, and I see a guy who can stick his chest out and think 'I'm an honest person, who can hopefully help other people be honest'

My Secret Life: Gareth Thomas, 37, rugby player

'I cry quite a lot'

Sheets of ice on the River Oder near Frankfurt

BMW in hot water over naming cold front

It sounded like a brilliant marketing move by BMW: pay to have the name of its Mini Cooper Roadster associated with the cold snap currently engulfing Europe and everyone would be talking about it. But the car manufacturer is regretting the decision after the freezing weather was blamed for the deaths of more than 70 people.

Sheets of ice on the River Oder near Frankfurt

It's a Mini disaster! BMW sponsors deadly cold front

Car firm pays to name weather system after new model – then sees it kill scores across Europe

It's a Mini PR adventure: 30,000 cars recalled in UK

Nearly 30,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled in Britain after makers detected an electrical fault which could lead cars to catch fire.

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