Death and foreboding in wake of record-high April rainfall

A man and his dog drowned after his car was hit by a 5ft wall of water as figures confirmed the wettest April on record.

Floods fear as more rain forecast in 'wettest April'

Parts of England and Wales were braced for more heavy rain and potential flooding after a weekend of storms left one person dead.

Man and dog die in car submerged in Hampshire ford

A man and a dog died today when the car they were travelling in became completely submerged in "5ft of fast-flowing water" as it drove across a ford.

Pair killed in motorway crash

Two people died in a motorway collision today, police said.

Forza Motorsport 4 Top Gear car pack drives into May

Available from the 1st May, for 560 Microsoft Points, the Forza 4 May Top Gear Car Pack has something for car fans of every stripe, from emblematic examples of 1970s American style: the MC Pacer X, to one of the coolest off-road vehicles around in the shape of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Volvo announces price of new V40 hatchback

Volvo has released further details its forthcoming C-segment V40 hatchback, which was unveiled at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Pay rise for boss of Ford despite shortfalls

Ford hiked its chief executive's pay package by 11 per cent last year to $29.5m (£18m), even though the US car giant fell short on some key company targets.

Ben Ainslie arrives back at the Royal Perth Annexe after the incident during the Finn class gold fleet racing at the ISAF World Sailing event

Sailing Federation frees Ainslie to chase fourth gold

Olympic champion Ben Ainslie was given the go-ahead for his bid for a fourth consecutive gold on the home waters of Weymouth in July/August – he also has a silver – as the sport’s world governing body, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), said it would impose no further punishment for his disqualification from the world championship in December.

Sales of new cars falls by 2.5% on February figure

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

Feet of genius show we’re all connected to the Internet of Things

The online and physical worlds are merging, requiring less human involvement. Rhodri Marsden examines how a new era of unprecedented super-connectivity is changing our lives

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

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Engine downsizing is now an established trend in the motor industry. Look under the bonnet of a Jaguar XF or a Mercedes CLS and it's quite likely that you will find a 2.2-litre diesel instead of the big six or eight cylinder petrol engine that you'd previously have expected.

Jaguar drives leap in profits at Tata

Tata Motors reported a stronger-than-expected rise in quarterly profit as robust sales at Jaguar Land Rover more than made up for weakness in its home market in India.

Mother of six killed in collision

A pedestrian who died after being struck by a car was identified today as a mother of six.

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Ford Focus Zetec S

'It's got more than enough poke to be a quick parental taxi'

Loeb extends his Monte Carlo lead

Sébastien Loeb of Citroën extended his lead in the Monte Carlo rally yesterday, but another Frenchman, Sébastien Ogier, crashed heavily and retired.

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