News An image of the Amazon delivery appeared on the Reddit website on Monday

The mystery of the “biggest Amazon box ever” spotted in a residential street in the US has been solved.

Car price inflation up to 8.5%

The price of some top-selling cars has risen well above the inflation rate over the last four years, according to Which? magazine.

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

How Ford has cut its Focus's CO2 output without compromising power

Two arrested after car hits house in Nottinghamshire

Two men have been arrested after a car which sped away from a police patrol smashed into a house.

Chevrolet Cruze 1.7 VCDi

Engine: 1.7-litre four-cylinder diesel, turbocharged
Power: 130 PS at 4,000rpm
Torque: 300 Nm between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 62.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 117g/km
Top speed: 124mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.4 seconds
Price: from £16,725

Big top secret: 2012 Olympic opening ceremony is taking shape in a closely guarded tent

At the Dagenham Ford plant, rehearsals are under way for the showcase

Forza Motorsport 4 Top Gear car pack drives into May

Available from the 1st May, for 560 Microsoft Points, the Forza 4 May Top Gear Car Pack has something for car fans of every stripe, from emblematic examples of 1970s American style: the MC Pacer X, to one of the coolest off-road vehicles around in the shape of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

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.

Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

Renault Twizy

No doors required. Renault reinvents the electric car

Father and son among dead in crash

A boy of 14, his father and an elderly woman died in a head-on car crash which left the teenager's mother and nine-year-old sister seriously injured, police said.

Seat Ibiza (Revised 2012) - First Drive

Engine: 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbo-charged

Transmission: five-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch DSG available as an option

Power: 105 PS

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 55.4 mpg

CO2 emissions: 119 g/km

Top speed: 119 mph

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.8 seconds

Price: 1.2 TSI models from £13,700, revised Ibiza range from £9,995 to £16,840

Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

Renault Twizy in the UK from 13 April

The Renault Twizy will be launched in the UK on 13 April. The radical tandem two-seater battery-powered vehicle will be much cheaper than full-sized electric cars, even though it doesn't benefit from the government's generous £5,000 plug-in car grant.

A Geek's Geek: Steve Pankhurst, who founded Friends Reunited, near his home last week

Steve Pankhurst: Happy to be the Victor Meldrew of technology

As Friends Reunited undergoes yet another reincarnation, its reclusive multimillionaire founder says he's delighted to have got out. Kunal Dutta meets Steve Pankhurst

Suicide verdict on firearms officer

A firearms officer killed himself after he became "obsessed" that his policewoman lover was seeing another policeman, an inquest heard today.

Renault Megane Collection 2012 - First Drive

Significant under-the-skin improvements still make this an important revision for Renault’s big-selling rival for the Focus and the Golf

An Opel Ampera on display at the Geneva Motor Show

And the winner is: John Simister reveals the part he played in selecting the Car of the Year

For the 59 judges from across Europe, six of them from the UK (including me), this was shaping up to be a close contest. Last Monday, the European Car of the Year (COTY) winner was to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time. Could Volkswagen's Up mini-car beat Vauxhall's electric-petrol Ampera? Or would high technology rule, as it did in 2011 when the electric Nissan Leaf won?

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