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Call for China to move to electric cars

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Ford's chairman said China should take steps against traffic congestion as its cities become increasingly crowded.

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Volvo has started making the V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The new car, which is the world's first production diesel plug-in hybrid, is being built on the same line as the standard V60 at the Volvo's Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, alongside its other large models, the V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 – that's quite an achievement, apparently, given the Plug-in's extra complexity.

Vendée Globe turns demolition derby as fifth starter retires

The demolition derby aspect of the Vendée Globe round the world race continued to dominate coverage on Sunday as the fifth of the 20 starters limped off the racecourse and a sixth sought to fix a problem which could also force him to retire.

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A slew of penalty flags is waving around the Vendée Globe fleet of singlehanders racing non-stop round the world.

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Remains found in a shallow pool are identified as being missing vet Catherine Gowing

Human remains found in a shallow pool last week have been identified as those of missing vet Catherine Gowing, police said today.

Hurricane Sandy has left devastation in its wake

New York City tries to come back life amid storm chaos

New York City struggled to return to normal life after superstorm Sandy, managing a partial resumption of mass transit amid a landscape of miles-long traffic jams, widespread blackouts and swarms of marooned residents.

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WPP issues stark warning of economic slowdown

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Sir Martin Sorrell warns of 'grey swan' troubles ahead in advertising slowdown

WPP, the world's biggest advertising group, has raised fresh fears of a global economic slowdown as it warned of a marked change in behaviour by clients since September.

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Rapper Diddy hurt in Beverly Hills car crash

Sean "Diddy" Combs was hurt when the car he was travelling in was hit by another vehicle in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Ford expected to close Southampton car plant

More than 500 British jobs were under threat last night as expectations mounted that Ford will announce the closure of its Southampton plant today.

Ford's new Transit

Ford set to axe British plant after dire sales in eurozone

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