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

Kia edges up some UK prices

Kia is adjusting some of its prices upwards by three to four per cent with effect from the beginning of April. Some of the company's more recent models, the Sorento, the Venga and the Soul, are excluded from the rise, which the company is attributing to increased production and shipping costs, as well as currency movements. Kia's UK cars are produced either in the company's home market, Korea or at its new state-of-the-art plant at Zilina in Slovakia.

Leading article: Hup, two, three, four

For anyone who has seen Disney's The Jungle Book, it comes as no surprise that elephants move not like a front or rear wheel drive but like a 4x4, with all legs capable of pushing or braking. The only question is whether they can cross their legs at the same time, as they do in the film.

The natural world's very own 4x4s

Elephants move like a 4x4 vehicle with all four legs used to accelerate and brake rather than the "rear-wheel" drive and "front-wheel" braking of other animals.

Hyundai iX35

Hyundai's iX35 is an SUV – ideal for people who don't really like SUVs

Skoda Superb estate goes on sale

The estate version of Skoda's impressive Superb is now on sale in the UK. Prices start at £17,715, which represents only a small premium over the existing hatchback/saloon model, as well as being highly competitive with mainstream rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, and with the estate models of the German prestige brands.

Car Choice: Safe, sturdy, and room for growing kids...plus a cello

Christine Farris has written her Vauxhall Agila off in the recent cold snap. Not her fault – she hit some black ice and could not stop, until she made contact with some dustbins and then a gate. Safety is now a priority, as is more room, because she needs space for two growing daughters and a cello. Her budget is £4,000 to £5,000, and Car Choice has agreed to be on call for 24 hours to help get Christine sorted out.

Britain braced for floods as more torrential rain predicted

Parts of the UK were bracing themselves for flooding this weekend after predictions the torrential rain which claimed the life of one motorist would intensify tomorrow.

River search over 4x4 plunge

A major search was launched today after a 4x4 vehicle was found almost totally submerged in a river, under a bridge.

Car Choice: Nothing like a head-on crash to get you thinking about safety

Jady Newton's Suzuki Jimny was written off in a head-on collision with a car that was on the wrong side of the road. As both airbags were deployed, it has made her think a lot more about safety. She has £3,600 to buy a new car, which must have airbags, be no more than seven years old, and is not French. Jady would like a car that is interesting – and realises that she might be asking a bit too much.

Toyota Land Cruiser

It’s the perfect vehicle for these frozen times

Heavy snow plunges Britain back into chaos

Return to work after Christmas break hampered by severe blizzards

Mini reinvents the Moke with Beachcomber concept

BMW's Mini operation has released details of its Beachcomber concept car, which it will show at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit next month. The inspiration is the simple 1960s open-topped Mini-Moke but the new concept, like 2008's Crossover concept, is really designed to show off the possibilities of the larger, more sophisticated new four-door, four-wheel drive model family that will be added to the current Mini range late next year.

Renault’s Dacia launches the Duster 4x4 - but not for the UK

Dacia has released details of its new Duster 4x4, but there's still no sign that cars from Renault's Romanian budget brand will make it to the UK any time soon; unofficial indications point to 2011 at the earliest for that.

Drunk driver who killed child loses appeal

A drunk driver jailed for seven years for killing a 15-month-old boy lost an appeal against her sentence today.

Blaze deaths prompt arson investigation

Detectives were investigating today whether a blaze that killed a mother and her "beautiful" three-year-old girl was started deliberately.



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