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Shell saves $600m on gas deal with Repsol

Royal Dutch Shell has saved $600m (£362m) on a deal to buy rival Repsol’s liquefied natural gas assets in Trinidad, Peru and Spain. The supermajor had agreed to buy the portfolio for $4.4bn last February, but will now only be spending $3.8bn on Repsol’s LNG work outside of North America.

David Prosser: Italian lesson for Vauxhall

Outlook More bad news for Vauxhall, the GM Europe-owned marque, which has been dumped by the British School of Motoring (BSM) as its supplier of instructors' cars. BSM customers have been learning to drive in Vauxhalls – the Corsa of late – for 16 years, but the driving school is switching to Fiat 500s.

BSM changes from Vauxhall to Fiat

Britain's biggest driving school is to replace its fleet of Vauxhall cars with Fiat models, it was announced today.

Fiat 500 c 1.2 Pop

Price: £11,300
Top speed: 99 mph 0-60mph 12.9 seconds
Consumption: 55.4 mpg
CO2 emissions: 119g/km
Best for: Mini owners who fancy a change
Also worth considering? BMW Mini convertible, Citroen C3 Pluriel, Peugeot 207 cc

Ford Ka reaches half a million

British customers have bought 500,000 of Ford's smallest car since it first went on sale in 1996. The total includes 11,000 of the second-generation version which has been on the market since January this year. The new model is, perhaps, less distinctive than the original - it looks a bit like a scaled down Fiesta, especially from the front - but has maintained a strong position in the market; Ford claims that it is still the leader in the small car segment with a share of 14 per cent.

Trail Of The Unexpected: Rooftop charm in Alberobello, Southern Italy

My first trullo was above Fasano. I'd just climbed 990 feet from the Puglian coastal plain with its large box-like masserias and suddenly there it was, a round whitewashed structure with a circular tiled roof topped off with what looked like a stone chess piece.

Fiat 500 C

Keep your cool in Fiat's latest roof-less wonder

Fiat lifts the lid on the new 500C

Fiat's strong selling 500 hatchback has been joined by this new open-topped version just in time to catch the best of the summer.

Car Choice: Commuting? Perhaps it's time to think outside the hatch

Jennifer Arkell's first car, a Fiat Seicento, was written off after an accident. She wants a replacement that is a bit larger, but in an equally low insurance bracket. Jennifer, 27, has £4,000 to spend, though she could stretch this to £5,000 for the right car. She wants decent back-seat space for occasional passengers. She covers about 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year, mostly commuting, with a few motorway trips.

Fiat's Chrysler deal finally gets motoring

Fiat's takeover of Chrysler finally went ahead yesterday after the US Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from angry creditors opposed to the deal.

US Supreme Court delays Fiat-Chrysler deal

The US Supreme Court set up the first potentially serious roadblock to the Obama administration's plans for restructuring the American auto industry, halting the sale of Chrysler to Fiat of Italy, which had been scheduled to go ahead yesterday afternoon.

Fire sale Judge approves Chrysler-Fiat deal

A judge in New York has approved the sale of most of Chrysler's operations to the Italian car maker Fiat, boosting hopes that the US company could emerge quickly from bankruptcy. The alliance with Fiat is the centrepiece of the Obama administration's "pre-packaged" restructuring of Chrysler, which it announced alongside the bankruptcy filing on 30 April.

Judge poised to rule on Fiat-led bid for Chrysler

A bankruptcy judge in the United States will rule tomorrow on whether Chrysler LLC can go forward with its plan to sell most of the company to a group headed by Italy's Fiat, and so emerge from bankruptcy protection.

GM deal agreed in Germany

Germany reached a landmark deal with Canadian auto parts group Magna, General Motors and governments to save carmaker Opel from the imminent bankruptcy of its U.S. parent, German leaders said today.

GM Europe hangs in balance as talks in Germany falter

Bridging loan negotiations in Berlin are expected to conclude today, say sources

Small cars come out top in new scrappage scheme

Motorists keen to take advantage of the car scrappage scheme launched last week must stick to small cars if they want to feel the benefit, consumer watchdog Which? has warned.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker