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Gareth Roberts, who had been tipped for great things in the world of rallying, died after the car in which he was co-driver crashed during the Targo Florio rally in Sicily.

New BMW engine to be built in UK

A new generation of engines for the future BMW plug-in hybrid sports car will be built at a UK factory, it was announced today.

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A commercial rocket has blasted off from the US with a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

SpaceX private rocket launch aborted in last half-second

A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground today after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.

Francois Hollande becomes French president

Francois Hollande became president of France today in a ceremony steeped in tradition, taking over a country worried about Europe's future and pledging to make it a fairer place.

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Oxford charges up for surge in electric cars

More than 60 new charging points for electric cars will go live in Oxford today, making the city the "electric vehicle capital of Europe" with one charging point for every 2,400 people – the best ratio in Europe.

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Extra charging points and new technology make it easier for motorists to go green

Attractive proposition: The Citroën DS5 Hybrid

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Citroën surprises with a car worthy of Côte d'Azur glitz

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Engine: 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine paired with electric motor
Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Power: 306 PS at 5,800 rpm + 40kW (electric motor)
Torque: 400 Nm between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 44.1 mpg
CO2 emissions: 149 g/km
Top speed: 155 mph (artificially limited)
Acceleration (0-62 mph)
: 5.9 seconds
Price: £46,855

BMW and Locog unveil low-CO2 Olympic fleet

BMW and the London 2012 organising committee, Locog, yesterday revealed details of the 4,000-strong vehicle fleet the car-maker will be providing as Official Automotive Partner for this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Bentley sets out engine options for future SUV

When Bentley unveiled its EXP 9 F SUV concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, the reaction was largely negative. But the company is holding its nerve, and far from dropping the EXP 9 F, or at least rejigging it in order to meet some of the criticisms of its styling, Bentley has been pushing it again at the Beijing Motor Show, this time setting out the likely powertrain options.

New technologies aim to keep elderly drivers on the roads for longer

The smarter cars that could keep older drivers on the roads longer

Scientists are looking at a range of technologies that could reduce risk and improve confidence

A green driving machine can be huge cost-cutter

Lure of electric or hybrid cars stronger than ever – City drivers fed up of fuel prices can save thousands
Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

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