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The Back 9 - 9 March 2009

Honda uncertain on F1 buyout

Honda has warned that a disbanding of its Formula One team remains a possibility as negotiations continue with potential buyers.

Profits tumble as Honda heads into long UK break

Workers at the UK factory of Japanese motor giant Honda will make the last cars for four months today because of an extended shutdown caused by the slump in sales.

Honda Insight

Digital dashboard trees – with leaves that fall off – let the new, eco-friendly Honda show you how green your driving is

Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC EX

Price: £24,081
Top speed: 141 mph 0-60mph 9.5 seconds
Consumption: 32.8 mpg
CO2 emissions: 141g/km
Best for: German style on a Japanese budget
Also worth considering? Audi A4, Saab 9-3, Toyota Avensis

Car Choice: Plenty of jazzy options out there for the more mature driver

Margaret Wijnberg has a 1992 Vauxhall Cavalier and wants a more modern car that is smaller, greener and more economical. Margaret is 82, so an automatic gearbox, excellent all-round visibility and a high driving position would be better for her arthritis. She has specified low mileage but no budget.

Ecclestone: Honda pullout a 'wake-up call'

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says Honda's withdrawal from the sport provides a "wake-up call" to overspending teams.

Honda to halt production for two months

Car giant Honda is to halt production at its UK plant for two months next year in the wake of the "dramatic change" in the global market, the firm announced today.

Car Choice: A very simple request: a four-door for around £5,000

Peter Regelous, 41, has a very simple request: a small four-door car for £5,000. That's it. There are no details about lifestyle, other family members or pets. That gives us the freedom to be creative, but not too much. I will assume that a hatchback would be in order and also the most fuel-efficient engine and manageable running costs. Also, £5,000 buys a relatively recent model, so no reason to look at anything too old.

Motorcycling: Stoner crash leaves Rossi on course for title

Valentino Rossi won the San Marino MotoGP yesterday to move a step closer to the world title after Australian world champion Casey Stoner crashed out of the race early on.

Motorcycling: Kiyonari sets the pace on UK return

Ryuichi Kiyonari celebrated his return to British shores by taking a surprise provisional pole position for tomorrow's World Superbike round at Brands Hatch.

Motorcycling: Stoner shows Ducati are back on track

Casey Stoner, the reigning world champion, dominated yesterday's two, one-hour practice sessions here, and underlined Ducati's commitment to recover from thier early-season drift.

Motorcycling: Pedrosa races away to close gap on Rossi

The 22-year-old Spaniard Dani Pedrosa maintained the pressure on Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP world championship yesterday when he led the Catalunya round from the first corner to record his second win of the season. Pedrosa fired his 800cc Repsol Honda down the 1km straight on the Barcelona circuit at almost 200mph to lead Rossi's Fiat Yamaha over the line by 2.806 seconds.

Motorcycling: Crutchlow ignores pain of dislocated ankle for brave win

Cal Crutchlow, the 22-year-old with a burning ambition to win the British Superbike championship this year, swapped a plastic cast for a leather riding boot on his injured right leg and blazed to first and third places in the third round of the series at Brands Hatch yesterday.

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