News The new-look black cabs launched by Nissan

Model comes with round headlamps and a re-modelled grille as well as new front-bumper panels

Asda renews price war at the pumps as cost of oil falls again

Asda has fired the latest salvo in the petrol price war raging among the big supermarkets, providing a welcome boost to hard-pressed consumers.

Car Choice: Is it possible to have it all?

Helen Salter is looking to replace her 10-year-old Zafira, which is now too small for fully grown children, but she is confused by what's on offer. Space is a priority, of course, and after last winter she is wondering whether a four-wheel drive might be a good idea. Ideally, she wants a vehicle that will seat more than five adults in some degree of comfort. Oh yes, and it must be economical. The budget is £8,000 to £12,000.

Nissan Micra DIG-S

It's tough to produce a low-cost first car that can also be a chic runaround ... as this Micra proves

Travel View: Pack heavy. It's the key to a stress-free holiday

Hold the front page: women over-pack when going on holiday. The conclusion of a recent survey by Co-operative Insurance, which found that women pack double what they wear, will hardly be news to many. But I was surprised to read that, on average, women pack six – count 'em, six – bikinis for a fortnight's holiday.

Traffic chaos continues after M25 crash

A busy stretch of motorway that has been closed to traffic following a crash at 4pm yesterday could re-open this evening, the Highways Agency said.

Eco-rally shows off future fuels – wine, cheese, and sewage

Some of the world's greenest vehicles take part in an eco-rally today

Car Choice: You can be sporty and frugal at the same time

Martin Ellis drives a W reg Fiat Punto ELX 1200 with 78,000 miles on the clock – and at 56 he still wants something sporty.

Mini Cooper SD ALL4 Countryman - iDrive

There’s certainly no shortage of choice for anyone in the market for a MINI. We now have the new MINI (would you believe it’s been 10 years since BMW brought the small car back to British roads?) the Cooper and Cooper S, the Clubman, a convertible, the Countryman in its four-wheel-drive and standard variants, various limited editions and soon a coupé.

Cows 'could be renewable fuel key'

A cow's stomach could hold the key to creating more environmentally friendly versions of petrol and diesel, according to scientists.

Car Choice: Elderly mothers deserve the best in comfort and style

Mike Ford has an unusual request: a vehicle suitable to transport a couple of elderly mothers, who are 93 and 95 respectively. At the moment Mike has to cope with one wheelchair; now he envisages that before long he will need to accommodate two. So access to the boot needs to be easy as heaving the chairs in and out is an issue. A wide opening passenger door would be good and the budget is a generous £15,000 to £20,000.

Vauxhall Ampera - iDrive

The Ampera finally ends electric car range anxiety

Investment Column: Johnson Matthey has formula for growth

Headlam; Craneware

Search launched for Romania's 64 missing missiles

Romanian police were yesterday struggling to find the culprits responsible for the mysterious theft of 64 missile warheads from a train carrying military equipment across the border to Bulgaria.

Mayor drives Tower Hamlets to distraction

Elected leader hires chauffeur-driven Mercedes as council makes £70m in cuts
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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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