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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.

Retro delights: Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is back – retrospective but with an eye on the future. Sean O'Grady reports

Fun and games in Italy's Alps

A stylish, multi-million pound skiing base built for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics is finally open to the public. Stephen Wood checks out its sporting credentials

Why the new Fiat 500 is oh, so retro!

The underpinnings of a Panda, a body inspired by an iconic model of half a century ago – that's the new, back-to-the-future Fiat 500, set to be as insanely popular as the Mini and the Beetle

Accident or assassination?: Diana: a bluffer's guide

Too busy to attend the two and a half months of hearings at the Diana inquest? Then let David Randall guide you through the sometimes extraordinary revelations that have emerged so far

GM pays Fiat Euro 1.55bn to escape from deal

The US automotive giant General Motors has agreed to pay Fiat €1.55bn (£1.07bn) to extricate itself from a deal that could have forced it to buy the whole of the ailing Italian car maker.

Fiat and GM: For richer, for poorer...

GM prepares to pay the price of ambition as Fiat deal turns sour

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Shares in Fiat went into reverse last week after the struggling Italian group failed to resolve a lengthy dispute with General Motors of the US. The two are fighting over a deal that gave Fiat the right to force GM to take over Fiat Auto, its loss-making car division, and could now end up in court. GM's European arm has suffered tough trading, hence its reluctance to take on Fiat Auto, and it is understood to be considering closing its Saab unit in Sweden.

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Letter: Royal distraction

Sir: Whatever it says on your passport you are a subject (letter, 28 January). You have no inalienable rights, just those the Government chooses to let you have from time to time. The present government's actions over the House of Lords and the Lord Chancellor have shown the value of our unwritten constitution. Now house arrest without appeal by ministerial fiat is being introduced. Let's have a sensible debate on the constitution which does not depend the behaviour, good or bad, of individual members of the Royal Family

Fiat write-down drives GM deeper into loss in Europe

General Motors' profits tumbled by 37 per cent in the final quarter of last year after it wrote down the remaining value of its stake in the Italian car maker Fiat, helping drive GM's European operations deeper into the red.

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Fiat hopes to steady ship as it names new MD

Fiat appointed a new managing director yesterday to replace Giuseppe Morchio, whose sudden departure on Sunday threw the conglomerate into turmoil and provoked a rapid drop in its share price.

Agnelli family's grip on the Fiat steering wheel loosens with the death of Umberto

Cairman who began to turn around the car maker's fortunes dies from cancer at 69

Rowan Pelling: Don't listen to Clarkson. He hasn't a clue about women

For years I have been conducting a one-woman war against the prejudice levelled at women drivers. It's not a verbal campaign so much as a practical, hands-on demonstration of the fact that it is perfectly possible for a person with XX chromosomes to corner like a racer, to drive up the bumper of tourists and, above all, to reverse her car into a tiny space. Given a choice of parking slots, I will always choose the one in which it is hardest to fit my unwieldy Fiat Stilo.

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