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Japanese car maker Honda is recalling 304,000 vehicles worldwide over air bags that may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, potentially causing injury or death by sending metal and plastic pieces flying.

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Car maker Honda is recalling nearly a million vehicles worldwide to fix electric windows and computer systems.

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Honda surprised investors with news of a quarterly profit yesterday as the Japanese group mounted a rebound from the supply-chain issues caused by the earthquake that shook the island nation in March.

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The Spanish rider Carlos Checa flagged himself as the man to hire if you want to get your motorcycle factory into the record books when he gave Ducati their 300th win in World Superbike racing here yesterday.

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Dani Pedrosa returned to winning ways after a three-man battle at the Sachsenring yesterday. The Repsol Honda rider saw off Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and his team-mate Casey Stoner in the German Grand Prix to win for the first time since breaking a collarbone in May.

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Chris Andrews is 38 and feels that his X reg, 1.8, petrol Ford Mondeo is starting to look and feel a bit tired after 150,000 miles. With about £8,000 to spend, Chris is tempted to buy either the new Mondeo or a Skoda Octavia but he wonders if there is an equally reliable yet trendier alternative? Chris is also thinking that it might be better to go for a newer, higher mileage car and he is curious about what he can expect from a modern diesel?

Pedrosa to have second operation

Doctors have told Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa he needs a second operation on his broken collarbone. "During the rehabilitation process... a very small fragment of bone moved, therefore to aid faster healing doctors will proceed to fix this fragment," his Repsol Honda team said yesterday.

Crutchlow gives British plenty to cheer by leaving Lorenzo behind

MotoGP world champion outpaced by promising home rider during practice session for tomorrow's race

Motorcycling: Stoner proves no slouch as rain holds off to keep Lorenzo at bay

Australia's Casey Stoner pulled away from championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to win the Catalunya Grand Prix yesterday, notching up his third win of the season.

Simoncelli swoops late to claim first Moto GP pole

Marco Simoncelli made a late dash to deprive Casey Stoner of pole position for today's MotoGP at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain. The Australian Stoner had been 0.122sec clear of his nearest challenger, Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, after the morning session, with Simoncelli a further three-tenths back .

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