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

Audi RS 4 Avant: Why is this family car as fast as a Ferrari?

Audi RS 4 Avant

Why is this family car as fast as a Ferrari?

The new Ford Fiesta

The new Ford Fiesta – First Drive

‘Is the new Fiesta really boy-racer protected?’

The Kulluk oil rig near Sitkalidak Island, pictured on Tuesday

New twist in stricken rig saga: Shell was moving it to avoid tax

The oil giant will instead suffer a multi-million dollar loss on the exercise after the rig ran aground off the Alaskan coast

The drilling unit Kulluk ran aground near Alaska

Shell oil drilling platform stranded in sensitive Arctic region

The multinational oil giant Shell is facing fresh criticism of its Arctic offshore oil drilling programme, after one of its platforms was left stranded in an environmentally sensitive area of the Alaskan coast.

George Osborne scraps 3p-a-litre fuel duty AGAIN

The planned hike would have meant drivers filling an average tank would have had to fork out almost £2 more for petrol or diesel

MG 6 DTi TECH diesel - First Drive

MG may yet be a mainstream car brand again in Britain one day

Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Hundreds of supermarket filling stations will be offering cheaper fuel from tomorrow.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2 diesel (200 PS) Portfolio - First Drive

The setting: a small race-track in Scotland.

President Mohamed Mursi

Egyptians hunt cheap fuel as Mursi seeks to end shortage

The women squeezed together in an open truck as it left a Cairo warehouse, each clinging to a canister of subsidized cooking gas. Dozens more waited in line.

Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid - First Drive

Engine: 2.15-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel

Dacia Duster Laureate dCi 110 4x4

Dacia Duster Laureate dCi 110 4x4 - First Drive

Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel

Transmission: six-speed manual gearbox

Power: 109 PS @ 4,000 rpm

Torque: 240 Nm @ 1,750 rpm

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 53.3 mpg

CO2 emissions: 137g/km

Top speed: 104 mph

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 12.5 seconds

Price: £14,995 (car tested had optional traction control/stability control at a cost of £350)

Vauxhall's new Cascada convertible

Vauxhall shows first picture of new Cascada convertible

Vauxhall has shown the first picture of its new Cascada convertible. At 4.7 metres, the new car, a full four-seater, is longer than existing open-topped models such as the Volkswagen Eos or the Audi A5 convertible.

Renault is shaking things up with the launch of its Dacia budget brand in the UK by pitching the new Sandero five-door super-mini at just £5,995

Renault to sell Dacia Sandero at less than £6,000

Renault is shaking things up with the launch of its Dacia budget brand in the UK by pitching the new Sandero five-door super-mini at just £5,995. That's thousands of pounds cheaper than any alternative, and a lot less than the previously rumoured sub-£7,000 price-tag which already looked ambitious enough. In fact, it's hard to disagree with Renault's claim that the Sandero is the UK's “most affordable new car”.

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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