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Every penny raised in the elephant appeal will be spent directly on wildlife conservation projects in Africa. Here's how.

Paul Vallely: The referees' strike? I blame John Locke

The coalition's Happiness Index would be useful if it helped us to look at the world in a different way

Land Rover Freelander 2

Four minus two makes for a fuel-saving model that still performs off-road

Full Kia Sportage range on sale

The full Kia Sportage range is now on sale; sixteen different trim/engine/transmission permutations are available at prices ranging from a keen £16,645 to £26,170.

Four feared dead in helicopter crash

Up to four people were feared dead today in a helicopter crash in Northern Ireland.

Car choice: We need to get off-road, but don't want a 4x4

Philippa Roberts is a Prius owner and environmentalist, who loves her car's fuel efficiency and the lower road tax. However, she lives at the bottom of a dirt track and her partner works as a warden, regularly using unmade roads.

Land Rover announces 2011 Freelander 2

Land Rover has announced a series of mid-life updates for its popular Freelander 2. A more powerful 190 horsepower diesel engine will be added to the range but the most surprising change is that the Freelander 2 will be available from January next year with a two-wheel drive (2WD) system, rather than the usual 4x4 transmission.

Kia Sportage

There's an awful lot to like about this tall, dramatic crossover car

BMW Z4 sDrive35iS

BMW has missed a trick or two with its latest Z4

Car Choice: Here's how to head for the Highlands in style

Julien Jarmoszko is 28 and has a wish list for his next car. Firstly, he needs something to cope with hiking expeditions to the Highlands in winter. It must also seat four comfortably, have decent boot space, and have a quality finish inside. Julien does a modest 5,000 miles a year, but wants cruise control, good safety features, and would love a V6 engine or something with a bit of character. He has £20,000 to spend and resale value is not an issue.

Car Choice: You do the maths: 3 teenagers + 5 seats = 4x4

Alan Corsie wants to replace his old Honda CRV. On family trips he has three teenage children in the back, and is struggling to find any alternatives that have a decent middle seat and a flat rear floor without a transmission tunnel. The vehicle, preferably with a diesel engine, must have some 4x4 capability for occasional driving on rough tracks and over fields. Reliability is important too, and his budget is £15,000-£20,000.

BMW X1 sDrive20d SE

Price: £24,205
Top speed: 127mph 0-62mph 8.1 seconds
Consumption: 53mpg (combined cycle)
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
Best for: those too embarrassed to own a proper SUV
Also worth considering? Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan

Saab 9-5

Wrested from the clutches of General Motors, the Swedish car-maker is back in business – and playing to its traditional strengths

British students killed in South Africa bus crash

Three British students were killed in a bus crash in South Africa yesterday.

Vauxhall offers diesel Insignia Sports Tourer with four-wheel drive

Vauxhall is expanding its mid-sized Insignia range by offering its "Adaptive 4x4" all-wheel drive transmission – which features an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential - in combination with its 160 horsepower CDTi diesel engine. Previously, all-wheel drive had only been available on petrol-engined models.

Car Choice: It's got to be right for the rural rough stuff

Alan Corsie needs to replace his Honda CR-V. He lives in rural Perth and Kinross, which gets some snow every year – a lot this year – and his work takes him up rough farm tracks and across fields. He therefore requires four-wheel drive and good ground clearance. The vehicle also has to be the main family car at weekends, and needs to carry two adults, three children, and a dog. His budget is the trade-in value of the Honda, plus £10,000-£12,000.

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