Sport The 2014 Mercedes W05sup

The 2014 Formula 1 season is underway as testing begins at the Jerez track in Spain, where a number of teams have rolled out their contenders for the year ahead for the very first time

Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

Renault Twizy in the UK from 13 April

The Renault Twizy will be launched in the UK on 13 April. The radical tandem two-seater battery-powered vehicle will be much cheaper than full-sized electric cars, even though it doesn't benefit from the government's generous £5,000 plug-in car grant.

Being Modern: Electric cars

I like driving in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar. It certainly isn't. Cos it doesn't guzzle gas. Or petrol, as we have it in this alliteratively reticent country of ours. So what is this beast that isn't slurping down unleaded – which, incidentally, has just hit an all-time high of 137.44p per litre? That's right, it's an electric auto. And it's coming your way. At a pretty sedate pace, maybe, but it is coming... promise.

An Opel Ampera on display at the Geneva Motor Show

And the winner is: John Simister reveals the part he played in selecting the Car of the Year

For the 59 judges from across Europe, six of them from the UK (including me), this was shaping up to be a close contest. Last Monday, the European Car of the Year (COTY) winner was to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time. Could Volkswagen's Up mini-car beat Vauxhall's electric-petrol Ampera? Or would high technology rule, as it did in 2011 when the electric Nissan Leaf won?

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Geneva Motor Show 2012 round-up

The Geneva Motor Show, held on neutral territory in Switzerland in the spring, always produces a bumper crop of new models, and this year's is no exception.

Life with Nissan LEAF

 

Lexus GS45OH F-Sport

Out of the shadows: Will a new model finally get the Lexus GS sports saloon noticed?

Time to pull the plug?

Wireless power is beginning to surge its way into homes, businesses and garages. Kevin Bullis visits a company taking the lead in the field
Glamorous and well-equipped, the Kia Optima

Kia Optima

A Kia that looks like a Jaguar – does it drive like one too?

Winners on the road to MBAs

Russ Thorne discovers what brought two successful scholarship applicants to the Durham Business School

Test drive: An early design for the Vauxhall Ampera

Vauxhall's Ampera is spearheading the rejuvenation of its tired electric car range

Getting an electric car right depends on making driving long distances viable. Jamie Merrill goes behind the scenes – and under the bonnet – of a new model.

Woman sues Honda over hybrid claims

A woman who expected her high-tech hybrid to be a high-mileage machine wants car maker Honda to pay for not delivering the 50mpg it promised.

Stephen Foley: Americans don't want electric cars, even as a gift

US Outlook: Someone let the cat out of the bag. Karin Akerson is getting a Chevrolet Volt for Christmas.

Porshe bike RS

Tips and deals of the week: Eco-lodge tree houses; waterproof boots; Lake District

The accomodation

Just open, two luxury eco-lodge tree houses – equipped with wet rooms and flat-screen TVs – now available to book at Fair Oak Farm in Mayfield, East Sussex.

Go to fairoakfarm.co.uk

Christmas gift guide: Plenty to get exercised about

GPS watches, designer flasks, adventure vouchers... there's something here for every action hero

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

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