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Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.

GM workers plead for emergency bailout

A bankruptct filing by General Motors would be the beginning of the end of the US-owned car industry, the president of the United Autoworkers union has predicted.

Jeremy Warner: A recessionary sweet tooth is just the ticket

Outlook: General Motors seems to be going bust, Corus is slashing steel production, Royal Worcester has been forced into administration – that was only some of the negative news about the economy yesterday. All over the shop, the signs multiply of a deep recession in the making.

General Motors is facing bankruptcy within months

Merger talks with Chrysler called off amid 'immediate liquidity challenges'

Cadillac CTS Sport Luxury 2.8T

Vauxhall GM Insignia

GM's got gizmos you never knew you needed

Chevrolet Epica LT 2.0VCDi Auto - The Verdict

Price: £17,695
Engine: 2.0litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Top speed: 127 mph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 10.6 seconds
Average fuel consumption: 37.2 mpg
CO2 emissions: 210 g/km
Also worth considering? Kia Magentis, Hyundai Sonata, Skoda Superb

Chrysler pulls out of vehicle leasing as higher funding bites

Chrysler, the heavily indebted carmaker owned by the private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management, is pulling out of the vehicle-leasing business, in the latest sign of stress for the US auto industry.

Story of the Scene: 'The Matrix Reloaded' (2003)

One of the most lavish car-chases ever was designed by the Wachowski brothers for their sequel to The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded.

GM needs $15bn to ride out slowdown, Wagoner warns

Facing a disastrous slump in sales of its flashy gas guzzling pick-up trucks and sport-utility vehicles, the world's biggest car manufacturer, General Motors, said yesterday that it needs to raise $15bn (£7.5bn) by 2009 if it is to weather the storm ahead.

Carnage for car makers as panicking investors send US shares into reverse

Panicking investors are dumping shares in America's biggest car manufacturers, amid suggestions that collapsing sales could push them to the brink of bankruptcy.

Vauxhall Agila Club

There's plenty of space inside, but the new Vauxhall Agila can come with a rather big price tag, says David Wilkins

General Motors puts Hummer up for sale due to rising petrol prices

Hummer, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand which symbolised Americans' love for hulking gas-guzzlers, is being put up for sale by General Motors because its customers have deserted in droves since petrol prices soared higher.

Report says euro has contributed to development and low inflation

General Motors, the American car maker, enjoyed booming profits from new markets in Asia and Latin America that compensated for a deterioration in its home market. Investors cheered the latest quarterly results from the car maker, which showed a $1bn profit from its international business. Overseas sales now account for 64 per cent of the company's revenue, and Rick Wagoner, the chief executive, called growth in some Asian markets "tremendous". GM was the first Western car maker to sell a million vehicles in China and growth has been spurred by rising living standards in emerging economies.

Letters: Mediums and the message

Mediums and public relations people share similar delusions

Chevrolet Aveo 1.2

The old Daewoo Kalos has come a long way; it's now a revamped Chevy Aveo. But don't even think about the posher 1.4 as the little 1.2 version is much more fun
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee