Leigh McMillan wins Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Oman

An “exceptional day” and an exceptional final, double points scoring race gave British Olympian Leigh McMillan and his local The Wave team a last gasp win in the opening regatta of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series in Oman.

Leicester thrash Sale at home

Leicester got their bid for a home Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final back on track by thrashing Sale 48-10 at Welford Road.

US rebound drives profits at GKN

The car and aircraft parts maker GKN has posted a record profit as a rebound in the US vehicle market outweighed a slowdown in Europe.

Waitrose climbs on board 'drive through' grocery bandwagon

Waitrose is ramping up its "click and collect" operation for online groceries with its first drive-through service in car parks from next month, as part of a multimillion-pound investment.

Car production up 1.2% on last year

Car production edged ahead last month but commercial vehicle manufacturing slumped.

Europe's new car sales are veering off track

Car sales in Europe skidded to a fresh low last month, falling 8.5 per cent below the number driven off forecourts in January 2012. The Association of European Automakers said registrations fell to 918,280 new cars last month.

I simply love being in transit

It isn't the destination, it's the journey that counts. Homilies such as this exist, at least as far as I understand it, to neutralise the crushing sense of soul implosion when something you've been looking forward to for aeons either fails to occur, or is just a bit crap when it finally does.

Alex Thomson on record-breaking Vendée Globe course

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has set a new national record for sailing from the equator and back to the equator of 68d 14hr 53min. That is nearly three weeks quicker than the old record set by Mike Golding.

Jaguar boosts Solihull plant with 800 new jobs

Luxury car-maker bucks sector's moribund  trend as it responds to  international demand

A firefighter in Jerrawangala National Park, New South Wales

My journey into Australia’s boiling heart (but could I
fry an egg?)

Tempers are fraying in the town where it is 45C in the shade. Kathy Marks reports from Bourke

Darren Clarke may not take Ryder role

Darren Clarke says he is considering pulling out of the race to become Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2014 because of the impact it would have on his career over the next two years.

The new Ford Fiesta

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More than two million new cars sold in UK last year

More than two million new cars were sold in the UK last year, an increase of 5.3% on 2011 and the highest since 2008, new figures showed today.

Man held as two men die in crash

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after two men were killed in a car crash.

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