The show that blew the whistle on the old bobby

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Five injured in M5 pile up

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Z Cars: The show that blew the whistle on the British bobby

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The numbers guy?

Lacks performance and character: the new Hyundai i40 Tourer

Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Premium

Price: £24,395
Engine capacity: 1.7 turbo diesel
Top speed (mph): 124
0-62 mph (seconds): 10.6
Fuel economy (mpg): 55.4
CO2 emissions (g/km): 134

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A woman was jailed indefinitely today for abusing a vulnerable man who was set on fire and made to jump into a canal.

Ford launches Focus Zetec-S for the UK

Ford has launched the Zetec-S, a new variant of the Focus developed specifically for UK buyers. The company has for some years attempted to simplify its global operations by offering the same models around the world under its “One Ford” programme, but occasionally it has to make the odd concession to local market tastes, and the new model is an example of this.

Ford pays dividend for first time in five years

Ford Motor Company has reinstated a dividend for the first time in five years, with a 5 cents per share payout that the US car giant said it could sustain during a future downturn.

Ford Galaxy Ecoboost - iDrive

People-carrier that sacrifices oomph for economy

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Chief executive? You mean 'Saviour'

Fall in new car sales

New car sales fell by 4.2 per cent in November, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said yesterday.

New car sales suffer slowdown

New car sales slowed last month, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed today.

Ford system will let parents set children's top speed

Teenage drivers will have their speed controlled by their parents under a new hi-tech system introduced by Ford.

Murder hunt police name gun victim



Police have named a man gunned down in the street as they continue the hunt for his killer.

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